John Burroughs High School Dance Students presented their annual winter dance show Friday evening, December 4, and Saturday evening, December 5. Fresh Start: New Beginnings showcased a variety of dance styles, including lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap and contemporary.
The show featured choreography and performances by the JBHS Dance Team, All Male dance group and Dance Production class. Dancers started working on choreography in August for the show. The performance also included a large group dance by more than 50 students in the Dance 2 class at Burroughs High.
“Aside from a couple of hiccups along the way, the show was a huge success!” commented first-year dance teacher and show director Emily Pierce.
Pierce, a Chicago native with a degree in dance and a teaching credential in Physical Education, previously taught and piloted the dance programs at Valley Torah High School in Valley Village and Westmark School in Encino. She has performed in numerous commercials, music videos, television and stage shows, including the GRAMMYs.
Members of the JBHS Dance Team who performed at the show included Emma Bailey, Faye Bosco, Winston Browne, Leah Davis, Marshelly Escalante, Rose Filichia, Brianna Garay, Gabby Garcia, Skylar Garrison, Bellina Guerra, Mia Hanada, Gisselle Herrera, Angie Ibarra, Valentina Lattanzi, Dani Makling, Mackenna Meltzer, Erika Nikoian, Dani O’Brien, Emily O’Rourke, Gabby Robinson, Mady Sasaki, Milo Siles, Giselle Soliz, Christina Thomas and Allison Torrico.
Coached by JBHS graduate Glenn Lim, the popular All Male dance group members also presented numerous pieces. Performing members included Clark Alcantara, Lauren Butler, Aaron Carino, Adrian DeLeon, Adria, Ochoa, James, Pham, Jonathan Pham, Simon Suwimolsatean, Bryan Strande and Tony Tran.
Dance Production students, some of whom choreographed the dances along with coaches Pierce and Lim, included Skylar Bernato, Faye Bosco, Winston Browne, Lauren Butler, Leah Davis, Kenna Deaton, Ariana Diaz, Iana Diaz, Marshelly Escalante, MJ Feinberg, Sami Flores, Bri Garay, Celia Garcia, Gabby Garcia, Mia Hanada, Silvia Hernandez, Lucia Irigoyn, Annabel Kiselyak, Angela Merchan, Gwen Norvell, Dani O’Brien, Emma O’Mara, Gabby Orozco, Jennifer Pando, Maya Paredes, Gabby Robinson, Angela Rubio, Giselle Soliz and Hannah Ziegler.
JBHS Dance Team puts on their popular annual fundraiser Dancing With The Staff on the evening of January 15, 2016, including some of the Burroughs High School staff and teachers.