A New Perspective VAPA dance show

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A New Perspective VAPA dance show

Photo by Gigi Downey

Photo by Gigi Downey

Photo by Gigi Downey

Story by Maricruz Reyes, Centerspread Co-Editor

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With an abundance of swirling stories that stir controversy, it is always important to try to find a new perspective. Tonight, you can find that new perspective at Redwood Hall; Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) dance students ranging from multiple dance levels will share the stage in order to convey their true views on current, vital issues. Whether it be a personal or global situation, these pieces of work will morph into a pathway where students will share their intimate point of view through the form of dance.

  “Though I’m barely a junior, this is the most I have ever been involved in dance. I’m in seven pieces, and I find it exhilarating working with different people in order to create a piece that will hopefully have an emotional impact on the audience,” Estephanie Mendez (11) said.
  These dancers have worked long and hard by producing advanced choreography and attending multiple after school practices which are run by talented Mission Hills High School alumni.

  “Though show week seems to last an eternity and it took several rehearsals to even get to this point, I enjoyed every bit of it; I developed a special bond with other dancers. When both the choreographers and the dancers are passionate about a certain piece, then it all seems to come together the day of the show,” Natalie Ha (12) said.

  Though all participants are excitedly awaiting to put on a good show for our fellow Grizzly families, there continues to be a resisting sense of bittersweetness due to the fact that our seniors will finally be graduating. Participating seniors look forward in sharing their battement farewells, barrel turn adioses, and pirouette au revoirs.

  “I feel a strange combination of anxiety, excitement, and melancholy. This has been a big part of my high school career—half of it to be exact—and knowing I probably won’t even be dancing again is sobering,” Makenna Gough (12) said.

  The show for these seniors is coming to an end, however tickets are still available at the door tonight, May 24, for $10 for both shows, one at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.