ROSELLE, NJ - Members of Roselle’s Abraham Clark High School Marching Band and Grace Wilday Junior High School’s dance program performed in front of fans during intermission at the Prudential Center in Newark on Feb. 4.
The Devils didn’t win the game against the Montreal Canadiens, but it was certainly a victory for the Roselle Visual and Performing Arts Department.
In celebration of Black History Month, the select group of dancers performed a tribute Hip Hop dance to Tupac Shakur's “Changes.” It was an original dance that the students choreographed.
“Focusing on formations, the group got creative with constantly changing where they stood for the dance in order to captivate the audience's attention throughout the dance,” explained Amanda Nagy-Harrison, District Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts. “By incorporating partnering and even lifts, the students really took a chance to create a one-of-a-kind dance piece for spectators at the Prudential Center.”
The marching band performed several tunes in addition to their competition show, featuring the music of the popular "Game of Thrones" series. The performance ended with a joint song by both groups.
“It was simply an awesome performance that was enjoyed by all,” said Assistant Superintendent Lissette Gonzalez-Perez said. “The Visual and Performing Arts Program has evolved so much over this past year alone and from here, it can only move forward.”
“The district is pleased with the expansion of the Visual and Performing Arts program and we are very proud of these students that took the time to create, rehearse and memorize the performance for the New Jersey Devils,” said Interim Schools Superintendent Dr. James Baker. “All I hear is rave reviews.”