High School Dance Performance
In April, the High School Dance Ensemble performed their Annual Spring Dance Show titled "Agents of Funk, Prophets of Change." This year, the high school dancers have been examining the relationship between dance and activism, and how performing arts can be used as a vehicle to promote social justice.
In March, the Dance II class, together with faculty members, performed a modified and excerpted version of Bill T. Jone's work, D-Man In The Waters. This dance, created in 1989, was a response to the AIDS crisis. There were also two student-choreographed dances in this program, directed by Soleil Andrews ‘19, Stephanie Cox ‘19, and Christina Oxley ‘19, that drew upon the history of racial violence and the Selma March as starting points for choreography.
Throughout the semester, two members of the critically acclaimed dance company, David Dorfman Dance, worked with the Dance Ensemble on an excerpted version of the evening-length work Prophets of Funk.
Over the course of 10 rehearsals, dancer-choreographers, Simon Thomas-Train and Jasmine Hearn, re-imagined the piece for our dancers. Set to the music of Sly and the Family Stone, this work provided an exceptional experience for the dancers. This was just one of the many pieces performed at the April show that had audience members dancing in their seats. To see more photos click here.
Photos of the show were taken by Grace parent, Art Chang.