Cranford, NJ - Dozens of dance students and members of the Cranford High School Dance Academy took part in the annual Winter Dance Showcase last Thursday.

The dance performances, 16 in all, varied from contemporary and modern to jazz and hip-hop. All but two dances were choreographed by the students, who also chose the music for the dances.

“The students who choreographed work really hard at making their vision of the dance a reality,” Emily Donahue, dance teacher at CHS, said. “It is also amazing to see students who have choreographed in previous years and how their work and process has matured and grown.”  

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The students choose their own songs based on the mood they are trying evoke.

“I choose the music that inspires me to create something,” Taylor Zolnoski, a senior at CHS said.

Loud applause rang throughout the auditorium after each performance. The crowd went especially wild after “Single Ladies” by Beyonce was performed by six boys and again when Donahue’s six-year-old son, Luke, briefly appeared on stage to end a performance of “The Force.”

“I am extremely proud of how the show went,” Donahue said.

The dancers will perform again at the Teen Arts Festival and the New Jersey High School Dance Festival. There will also be a Spring Dance Concert on May 11, 2018 at Cranford High School.

Grace Wilson is a student at Cranford High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Cranford.