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Dance: an expression of our humanity

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Intermediate Dance were swinging, pulling and rolling their partners from side to side, between legs and over their backs. Photograph by M. Wilcox

Intermediate Dance were swinging, pulling and rolling their partners from side to side, between legs and over their backs. Photograph by M. Wilcox

Intermediate Dance were swinging, pulling and rolling their partners from side to side, between legs and over their backs. Photograph by M. Wilcox

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Born to Dance, the spring dance show, was a trip through the history of dance.  The program exclaimed that dance preceded written language when “earliest cultures evolved utilizing oral and performance methods” to pass stories to later generations. “Social, celebratory and ritual dance” are vital features of early civilizations, and the premise of the evening was that dancing makes us human.

Ms. Kamily Coriaty, dance teacher, directed the show, and she was supported by Rick Wessel, alumni, as the technical director. The mobile set moved into various positions, but in most cases, projections were used to transition to each performance with narration and video and to set the mood for each dance number.

Beginning with prehistory, the Dance Club interpreted the beginning of human expression with “When Time Began.” Under projections of early cave paintings and with the sounds of jungle/space noises, the dancers crawled out on stage as if creeping forth from the water, and they danced through the epics of early time until man emerged finding rhythm in the beating of sticks.

Jamisa Randoll, senior, performed to “Bang the Drum,” which recognized African influence of rhythms and music. The narrator told us, “Dance is strong magic.”

The Dance Club returned to the stage with “Asian Fusion.” Dressed in kimonos and dancing with colorful fans of various sizes, they were definitely crowd pleasers.

“The Tahitian Sunrise” was performed by Anisah Calvin Cuevas, senior. The narrator explained that Anisah’s dance was “an invitation to love.” Natalie Gutierrez, sophomore, elegantly performed a ballet from “Sleeping Beauty.”

Dressed in red, full skirts and peasant tops, Advance Dance brought Mexican traditional dancing to life with “Jarabe Tapatio,” the national dance.

Alexandra Martinez, junior, interpreted “Sunny Days” with a tap dance. In the tradition of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, Alex expressed joy with her feet, and the audience enjoyed watching as much as she enjoyed dancing.

After the intermission, Intermediate Dance wowed the audience with the 1934 dance rage—swing, or the Lindy hop. High energy entertainment, they had partners flying in the air, being pulled through legs and flipping over backs.

Sixth period beginning dance wore a colorful array of net ballet skirts to perform “When We’re Human.” Advanced Dance made the audience laugh when Kendra Jucal, junior, provided comic relief as the one dancer who was not “Making the Cut.”

Second period beginning dancers did a traditional Mexican dance. Photograph by M. Wilcox

“Bamboleo,” a song from the 1980s, provided the music for a beginning folkloric dance from Second Period dance.  An Afro-Cuban rhythm “Set in Motion” ironically named Body at Rest Dancers.

Advance Dance took command of the stage with Afro-Brazilian break dance, “Human” that included more artistic acrobatic moves. The finale featured the entire cast, and they asked the questions, “Are we human? Are we dancers?”

No doubt these students are human as they provided an hour and a half of pure entertainment. The talented students of Ms. Coriaty showed how body movement can be art.

At the Thursday performance senior dancers recognized teachers who had been special to them with a bouquet of flowers and short expression of appreciation. Photograph provided by Kamily Coriaty

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