Rose dance students shine
BY VIOLET NOE ON JUNE 5, 2014
On May 29, students from the Dance 1 and Dance 2 classes here at Rose showcased their talent and months of hard work as they leapt into their spring dance recital.
Sophomore Angel Williams is in her second year of dance at Rose and performed in the recital this past week.
“We’ve been preparing for the recital the whole year,” Williams said. “The last week before the recital we review everything.”
The recital featured several different types of dances, including a country dance, a movement dance, a modern dance and a hula dance.
“I enjoy the fact that we can put different types of dances together and it still flows well,” Williams said.
Some of the dances were choreographed by dance teacher Tara Shumaker-Nojima, while other dances were choreographed by the students. Senior Arianna Blakeslee enjoyed getting to choreograph the movement dance.
“Movement is a mixture between ballet and modern; it’s more about gestures and stuff like that,” Blakeslee said. “We [the students] did the choreography for that dance.”
Williams found that her favorite dance was the country dance.
“I like the country dance the most,” Williams said. “It’s different from what we are used to.”
For sophomore Nubia Harris, the new experiences she faced in dance were the most rewarding.
“What I like most about dance is getting to have fun, meet new people, learn new dances and learn how to do certain dance moves,” Harris said.
Sophomore Jakoya Pridgen found that dance was not as challenging as it originally seemed.
“People may think [dance] is hard, but it’s really not,” Pridgen said. “It’s fun and if you know how to dance you can make up any dance moves to any song.”
For others, dance has been challenging at times. However, for students like Blakeslee, hard work and perseverance has proved to be worthwhile
“For me, picking up the choreography fast enough is kind of difficult,” Blakeslee said. “But when you finally nail something and you get a whole dance perfect or a whole part of a dance that you were struggling with, that’s the part that’s the best and the most rewarding.”
Although the dance students work hard in their classes, Blakeslee believes that sometimes the students do not get the credit they deserve.
“I think a lot of people don’t give Rose dance enough credit; it gets a bad rap but Mrs. Shumaker has danced her whole life so she knows what she’s talking about,” Blakeslee said. “You meet cool people [through dance] and if you come in and you know what you’re doing you’re going to get a good grade.”