Annual dance production features upper school students and faculty

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Nicole Chen

The seniors bow at the end of their finale routine. Themed “Viva Las Vegas,” this year’s show featured approximately 150 dancers in 23 dances.

by Nicole Chen, Nina Gee, and Arushi Saxena

Over 160 students and various faculty and staff members participated in the annual upper school dance production on Jan. 26 and 27 at the Blackford theater. This is the last time the dance show will be held there, as the construction of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center is now complete and will be ready for use for next year’s show.

This year’s show, dubbed “Viva Las Vegas,” is a tribute to all the legends who pass through the legendary city, including classic stars like Elvis and Frank Sinatra, as well as newer celebrities such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

“Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, so I thought that it would be a perfect theme to showcase our vibrant choreography, exciting music and fun costumes,” upper school dance teacher and director of the show Karl Kuehn said. “You will see musical numbers [and] dance numbers to songs by performers like Frank Sinatra, to Britney Spears, to Celine Dion. If they performed in Vegas, we’re going to showcase their magic on stage.”

Dancers performed for the middle school during their Friday afternoon show and held three more shows on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for the rest of the Harker community. 

“When I first heard about it, I got really excited because when I think about Vegas, I think of the big shows—and that’s something I’ve always wanted to be able to choreograph to,” student choreographer and varsity dance troupe member Liana Wang (12) said.

This year’s production also featured the routines eight student choreographers as well as one faculty routine.

With the recent shooting in Las Vegas, all proceeds from the dance production will be donated to the National Compassion Fund, an organization dedicated in part to helping those affected by the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.

Dancers have rehearsed for this year’s show since late September, following the auditions that took place in early September.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on February 5, 2018.