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Fall Quadchella invites students, faculty to watch performances through informal talent show

Fall Quadchella invites students, faculty to watch performances through informal talent show

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

November 16, 2019

Harker’s biannual Quadchella talent show invited students and faculty to watch an array of performances in the quad during long lunch on Nov. 7. This Quadchella contained a total of four teacher acts and six student acts. Face painting provided by the art club along with popcorn and tattoos were a...

Boys can dance: Insensitive comments show that toxic stereotypes live on — but shouldn’t

Boys can dance: Insensitive comments show that toxic stereotypes live on — but shouldn’t

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

September 17, 2019

Imagine a ballet dancer. Did you summon an image of a lithe woman with a bun, clad in a tutu and pointe shoes? Or did you instead conjure a sinewed, muscular man elegantly leaping several feet in the air? Now consider these iconic men from professional sports and Hollywood: Rob Gronkowski, Herschel...

Dance show auditions launch preparation for annual production

Dance show auditions launch preparation for annual production

by Catherine Feng, Asst. Copy Editor

September 16, 2019

Auditions for the annual dance production took place on Saturday, Sept. 14. Students of all ability levels from all four grades were encouraged to audition, even if they had never danced before. This year, 173 upper school students auditioned, an indication of the popularity of the dance show.  Everyon...

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

by Irene Yuan, Asst. Photo Editor

August 28, 2019

Upper school students and parents attended the annual Conservatory Kickoff meeting hosted by the performing arts department in the Patil Theater today.  “This is our one time a year for parents and students that we come together as a unit, as a group, as an entire conservatory to talk about who we ...

Keeping up with the Kuehn Klass: Behind the scenes of after school dance classes

Keeping up with the Kuehn Klass: Behind the scenes of after school dance classes

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter

May 27, 2019

Ambient white blocks of fluorescent lights line the angled ceiling, reflecting in the wall-length mirror of the dance room. Spread across the polished wooden floor in two straight rows, dancers in the Tuesday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm. “stretch, leaps and turns” class sit in a straddled stretching position...

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

by Varsha Rammohan and Irene Yuan

May 23, 2019

Senior members of the upper school conservatory certificate program performed at the annual senior showcase last Friday. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the showcase since the first one in 2002, where the inaugural certificate candidates graduated. Senior showcase honors the work and ...

This is Quadchella: Harker’s biannual music festival celebrates talent and “chillaxing”

This is Quadchella: Harker’s biannual music festival celebrates talent and “chillaxing”

by Gloria Zhang, Features Editor

May 8, 2019

“I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. You’re a square. You’re a square. You’re a square. You’re a square.” The rhythmic beats of lil strype’s, also known as Nathaniel “Nash” Melisso (11), “idc (prod. 408)” reverberates around campus. The chorus of the e...

Juniors and seniors make memories at “Frozen in Time” themed prom

Juniors and seniors make memories at “Frozen in Time” themed prom

by Irina Malyugina and Kathy Fang

April 29, 2019

Seventeen floors above the lights of downtown San Jose, upper school students spent the night of April 27th "frozen in time" at this year's prom, hosted in the Silicon Valley Capitol Club from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. On the balcony, students dined, drank mocktails mixed by the venue’s staff, interacted...

Students leap, twirl and jump during annual “Just Dance”

Students leap, twirl and jump during annual “Just Dance”

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

April 15, 2019

As a medley of multicolored lights flush the stage, dancers prance into their starting positions and strike a pose. The music begins, and with a graceful turn, “Just Dance” begins. Six dance groups from the lower, middle and upper schools joined together on the stage of the Rothschild Performing...

School Meeting Recap 4/8

School Meeting Recap 4/8

by Eric Fang, News Editor

April 10, 2019

Avi Gulati (11) began the school meeting on Monday by announcing when the annual Quadchella talent show will take place. The event will be on May 2 and will be held at the Shah patio instead of the quad this year. Because of this, Avi joked that the event would be more appropriately named “Shahchel...

Student choreographer conveys strength and empowerment through her dance

Student choreographer conveys strength and empowerment through her dance

by Emily Chen, TALON Co-Academics Editor

February 22, 2019

Billie Eilish’s “You Should See Me in a Crown” reverberated throughout the Rothschild Performing Arts Center, as hints of gold detailing on the dancers’ regal, black dresses shimmered underneath the stage lights. The lights brightened, revealing a line of dancers posed in a kneeling position....

Lights and action for the holiday season

Lights and action for the holiday season

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

November 22, 2018

As warm jackets and boots become a common sight around the upper school campus, the holiday season makes its appearance, starting off with the annual Santana Row tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 13, which featured several of Harker’s performing arts groups. Upper school performing arts groups Downbeat,...

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