YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown High School Dance Company will continue a longstanding tradition this weekend with three performances of its 42nd annual “An Evening of Dance” program.

The highly anticipated program will return to the Yorktown High School auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 20) and 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 21). There is also a special performance for senior citizens today (Jan. 19). Tickets are $15 and can be ordered online at yorktown.org or purchased at the door.

“The dedication of the members of this year’s company to each other and to the art of dance is beyond that of typical adolescent expectations,” said Christine Orlando, a special education teacher who advises the group with Jessica Mackenzie, a school psychologist. “They eat, sleep and breathe dance.”

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Mackenzie added, “We are thrilled to present this year’s production. We have watched the dancers’ visions become a reality and feel privileged to watch each member’s growth and greatness.”

The Dance Company, created decades ago, was guided for many years by Veronica Dwyer. It became a staple at Yorktown High School and remains today an integral part of the district’s arts activities. In addition to the annual January production, the company performs for local senior citizens and other events such as pep rallies, holiday dancing grams and the awards dinner.

This year the company consists of 66 dancers from grades 9-12 with more than a dozen boys. Members were selected in October and have practiced almost daily until the performance date and continue dancing throughout the year.

The winter program will consist of 24 dances. The works feature original choreography by the dancers and reflect a wide range of styles: jazz, modern, tap, African, Bollywood, lyrical, East Coast and West Coast swing, hustle, Latin, hip hop, ballet and pointe.

All photos by Deena Bell