By Summer Folger
On March 14, 15, and 16, the dance department, from Beginning to Advanced, was able to turn back time with the revival of the eighties. The theme of the show contained dances that incorporated elements that were able to revive the totally tubular time period. It was held in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 7PM for the three consecutive nights.
In addition to the performances from the show, there was also some behind the scenes work such as the themed set design, lighting, and crew. For this production, students were able to pick the theme of “Totally 80s,” in which Mr. Scott Carey built stage pieces for the production, such as the sign that said “Totally 80s,” boxes for the background and made hanging signs that the AGI*LITY dance group performed with. Along with the set design, there was also the instillation of new lighting so then performances could become more dramatic. From the crew setting up the stage and the lighting, their work allowed the dances to become both energetic as well as dramatic.
For the dance numbers, there was a variety of different dance genres besides the eighties, such as lyrical, jazz, tap, modern, and ballet. Throughout the production, a total of seven eighties-themed dances were performed by both Beginning and Advanced dancers. The theme was first portrayed in the opening number titled “Totally 80s,” performed by the Advanced Dance team where the dancers performed a mix of different dance moves and songs. It was later on shown through the beginning dancers in a jazz piece titled “Move,” where performers were able to bring an eighties flare to the piece, showing how the production was able to have all different levels of dance take part in experiencing the eighties. Not only that, but during the first half of the show, there was a lyrical duet by Sophomore Jackie Tat and Junior Hailey Wiltse entitled “The Speed of Light” and a slow hip hop solo performed by Senior Miguel Cruz entitled “Ultra Light Beam.” After intermission, there was a modern dance performed by AGI*LITY entitled “Gray,” in which dancers performed with a hanging set which looked like an art gallery. They would roll under the pieces or hide behind them for part of the dance. During the second half of the show, the Advanced Dance Ladies performed two eighties pieces in which they wore leg warmers and did a jazz piece titled “Cold Hearted” and a tap routine titled “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” In addition, the Intermediate Dance Team performed a dance number from the play “Zoot Suit,” where they wore black and red suits with red and orange lighting to make it more dramatic. For the closing number, it ended the eighties with hip hop style titled “Groove,” which was performed by Advanced Dance. Showing how the dances in the production have a variety of styles and genres from the 1980s to modern, each piece made the performances unique in their own way.
Not only was this production enjoyable for the audience to watch, but it also helped students gain more experience in the world of dancing. Cruz talked about how with “this production, it was definitely a rough process creatively. Just putting the chero together, blocking, layering all the chero as in the arrangement of how we are going to be performing and everything,” since Cruz not only performed in the production, but was able to choreograph one of the dance numbers titled “Sunflower,” which was performed by Advanced Dance. Senior Marisa Zorrilla, who performed a lyrical solo titled “Say You Love Me,” explained her experience with practicing for the production, saying, “It was a little rough. It's, like, hard to get, like, a whole bunch of girls and boys together to make everything clean and look good. But I mean, in the end it came together a lot better than I thought it would be,” portraying how even though there were difficult trails during practice, the dancers were able to come together and perform for the production.
All in all, through hard work and dedication, the dance department was able to come together and celebrate the revival of the 1980s. As well as showing a variety of different dance genres for the audience to enjoy, it gave the idea that the eighties still influence culture in both modern society and newer generations.
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