Members of the John Burroughs High School Dance Production, Dance Team and Dance 2 classes presented the Winter Dance Concert, Pulse, recently in the JBHS auditorium. Under the direction of Dance Director Megan Macready, the students put on a performance that showcased wide-ranging creativity and often jaw-dropping skills.
The fast-paced show brought together contemporary hip hop and classical music and engaging costumes along with choreography by students, Macready and student intern Natalie Guerro from Los Angeles Valley College.
“Our students at John Burroughs are extremely talented, this also includes our dancers,” commented Macready. “It’s important to showcase their skills and give as many opportunities to do so. The Winter Dance Concert is a prime example of how creative young minds can be.”
Sophomore Mia Hanada, a member of the JBHS Dance Team and Dance Production classes, named Wicked Game (choreographed by Maddy Aragon), Beautiful Life (choreographed by Macready) and Amour (choreographed by Bryant Angel) as some of her favorite and most challenging performances of the production.
Wicked Game set a new bar for Hanada because she had to portray a serious character and act like a couple with her partner, to convey the emotional qualities of the choreography.
“The special thing about [Beautiful Life] is that our class did not hear the music of the song until the week of the show,” said Hanada, as she discussed the contemporary ballet set to Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune.
“This made the class work extra hard and since we had no music to go with it [in the early stages], we had to watch each other while dancing, which was very challenging in the beginning of our learning process of the dance.”
Amour “challenged me as a dancer because there were so many leaps and turns one after another,” explained Hanada.
One of the most memorable and vivid performances of the evening was the Vivaldi Etude, performed by Kayla Aguila, Chloe Crenshaw and Cynthia Topalian and choreographed by Jason Coosner. Dressed in wide skirts, the colors of autumn leaves in orange, brown and yellow, the young dancers performed a creative and technically beautiful classical ballet.
The Burroughs Dance Production students closed the show with the stunning and engaging Beautiful Life, featuring Kayla Aguila, Bryant Angel, Maddy Aragon, Samantha Arriola, Emma Bailey, Faye Bosco, Grace Brodersen, Winston Browne, Lauren Butler, Dani Cool, Rose Filichia, Samantha Flores, Milano Galang, Mia Hanada, Glenn Lim, Danielle Makiling, Tianna Medina, Mackenna Meltzer, Angela Merchan, Valerie Ng, Andrew Juarez, Danielle O’Brien, Michael Sawinski, Ryan Sinton and Allison Torrico.
JBHS Dance Production will present a Spring Dance Concert in April 2015, with performances from all students in the high school dance classes.