Dance performs at Great America


Anjay Saklecha

The junior varsity dance team poses for a picture along with middle school dance troupe, Showstoppers, after their performance. The two dance groups performed at “Dance Days” at Great America for the park’s 40th anniversary.

by Anjay Saklecha, Reporter

Harker’s dance teams, junior varsity dance and Showstoppers, performed their routines at California’s Great America for its “Dance Days” show on April 9.

In total, JV Dance had six routines. One routine consisted of Christie Chen (9), Miranda Larsen (10) and juniors Noor Singh and Surabhi Rao presenting a jazz combination they developed at the USA Dance Camp they attended last summer. Showstoppers, the all-girls middle school troupe, performed three dances. Overall, the teams performed a variety of dances ranging from jazz to hip-hop to lyrical.

Great America hosts two “Dance Days” annually, both in April. ‘Dance Days’ offer different schools the opportunity to showcase their students’ dancing abilities on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. Harker had the chance to attend Great America’s most recent “Dance Days” show for the first time. This year’s show was part of the celebration of the amusement park’s 40th anniversary.

“We contacted Great America for ‘Dance Days,’ a program that [the amusement park] does, and they have different dance companies and schools to go and perform at the park,” Rachelle Haun, the choreographer of JV Dance, said. “It was a half-hour show, so there was a lot of dancing and not a lot of breaks.”

After the performance, the girls celebrated and enjoyed their day by riding the carousel.

Sonal Muthal (9), a member of JV dance, described her newfound experience by performing at the amusement park for the first time along with Showstoppers.

“It was actually amazing going there and performing for the crowd, but it wasn’t very busy, so that was kind of a letdown,” Sonal said. “At the end, we all rode the carousel, and it was a good bonding experience because some people on JV didn’t know dancers on Showstoppers.”

The JV troupe performed for the final time this year on April 22 during the upper school’s annual spring rally.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on May 4, 2016.