BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Ridge High School Dance Department, under the direction of director of Dance, Rachel Miranda, has collaborated with faculty, students and guest artists to create the upcoming Ridge Winter Dance Showcase 2020 on Jan. 17.

The theme for this showcase is “Adventure Awaits." Through dance, students explore various modes of transportation, destinations and traveling.

Students from the following in-school dance classes perform in the showcase: Dance II, Dance III and Social Skills Dance. All students participate in dance numbers choreographed by Patricia Statkiewicz, Ridge student teacher from the Rutgers University Masters in Dance Education program. Students in Dance II and Dance III also choreograph their own dances that are presented at the showcase. The student-choreographed dances are solos and small ensemble numbers.

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Students are responsible for the entire creative process from the choreography proposal to the creation of lighting plots for the performance. All rehearsals and choreographing is done during the daily classes.

Students from the following after-school dance activities also perform in the showcase: National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), Ridge Dance Team and Ridge Dance Collective. This year the members of NHSDA choreographed our opening and closing numbers for the show. The members of NHSDA are inducted based on their outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in the field of Dance. Ridge Dance Team is a 25-member competitive dance team. Guest choreographers Rachel Brown and Jude Cassion choreographed three numbers for the Ridge Dance Team; one of these numbers will be performed in this showcase.

Ridge Dance Collective is a 40-member modern/contemporary dance ensemble. Students in Ridge Dance Collective collaboratively choreograph their own dance numbers to present at the showcase. This ensemble consists of students from William Annin Middle School and Ridge High School. Lastly, this year students from the William Annin Middle School Dance 8 elective course will be joining us to perform in the showcase. Their dance was choreographed by WAMS Dance Educator Carson Michura.

The final product from the in-school classes and after-school activities is a showcase of 22 dances comprised of faculty, guest artist and student choreography.

The showcase is narrated by Ridge High School student John Tondora. The showcase cast members include:
Stephanie Aiello, Sarah Altonji, Giovanni Amalfitano, Daphne Arthur, Penelope Arthur, Jami Astrin, Angela Aquilio, Caroline Bailey, Nicole Beaudet, Michael Bianchi, Gregory Bozzo, Hadleigh Buckingham, Emma Caesar, Quinn Cappiello, Nicholas Casey, Ria Chopra, Kelly Cimaglia, Alexa Clarkin, Morgan Connell, Claudia Cordano, Regan Cunningham, Leah D’Altilia, Anya da Silva, Hanne de Bie, Kathleen Finn, Melissa Fletcher, James Gao, Bridget Gaughan, Alex Geoffroy, Liana Giacobbe, Rebecca Gonzalez, Alexandra Green, Gabriella Gross, Anusha Gupta, Liam Hartling, Jake Haviland, John Ivarone, Simone Janjua, Nikayla Karda-Marok, Brody Montag, Nicolette Kavouras, Chase Keith, Tzeviya Keller, Amelia Kendall, Maria Klementyev, Eliana Krever, Erin Laffey, Bobby Laurino, Arthur Li, Olivia Lee, Jessica Levitz, Olivia Lombardi, Sumedha Maddali, Meghan Mangini, Spencer Marks, Sydney Marriott, Tyler Martin, Danny Martoccia, Leena Mathai, Meghan McMahon, Jack McNey, Kate Mercer, Neda Milinkovic, Valentina Montesinos Armenio, Evan Pernaselli, Jack Perry, Lauren Pietro, Christopher Profaca, Stephanie Rodriguez, Ana Clara Salles, Avery Schneider, Katrina Schneider, Chris Serluco, Logan Sharpe, Rebecca Smith, Sneha Sridhar Emily Stuart, Keerthana Tanniru, Ananya Thaman, Maria Torres, Rose Varghese, Sara Varghese, Emma Wallach, Jessica Walpow, Luke Wenzel,  Dylan Youngberg, Jared Ziegler, Maya Zucker, Laurel Zumbach, Marina Zunin.

The Ridge Winter Dance Showcase 2020 will be presented on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are sold online at www.ridgepac.com or at the door for $10.