RANDOLPH, NJ-- As in past dance showcases, this year’s 11th annual Dance Showcase, held at RHS on May 30 and 31, was a wild success with a packed house. With the absence of Mrs. Adriano, the dance director, it has been a challenging year for the dance department. However, Mrs. Reardon stepped in as director of the dance program.
Everyone was surprised and thrilled that Mrs. Adriano showed up to both nights of the showcase. Dance students look forward to her coming back in the fall to teach again.
Student choreography included pieces such as “Queen,” which was choreographed by senior Maura Holden; “Rise up,” which was choreographed by senior Julia Pepe; and “Distance” which was choreographed by Lismari Rosario and Ines Valadares.
The Option II students choreographed a couple of dances as well. Pepe choreographed a second dance called “Incomplete” for the students in the Period 3 Introduction to Dance class. Senior Becca Jacobson choreographed a dance called “Play That Sax” for the students in the Period 7 Introduction to Dance class. Holden choreographed a second dance called, “Mugshot” for students in the Period 8 Intermediate Dance class. Mrs. Ferrentino even made an appearance on stage for this particular dance on Friday night.
The after school hip hop class, which requires students to try out, occurs every Monday after school. “Hip hop was an experience that not only stretched me as a dancer; it helped me grow in my confidence. I got to explore a style outside of my comfort zone, and had a ton of fun while doing it,” said senior Keyonna Murray, a participant of the after school hip hop class.
This was the same for contemporary dance, another after school class, which occurred every Tuesday after school and debuted this year as part of the dance program. “I loved how creative we as dancers got to be within her piece, ‘Meeting Again.’ It was essentially about how a person loses themselves and then finds themselves again, which I think could relate to anyone who has ever gone through some hard times and got back up again,” said senior Susan O’Sullivan, a participant of the after school contemporary class.
Editot's Note: Sean Wattman is a student at RHS particiating in a journalism program.