by JENNIFER DOMINGUEZ
On March 20th 2014, the doors at L.J Williams theater opened for the spring annual Dance Show,“Turn Up The Music”. Many proud parents and friends filled up the auditorium with flowers and posters for their talented performers. The performers danced contemporary, modern jazz, tap, folk, lyrical, and hip hop. It was an outstanding show! There were 27 dances overall: 6 of them were solos, 3 duets, 2 trios (one being a guest performance), and 16 group dances. Some of the most memorable performances were “Bound to You,” performed by freshman Georgia Crites, and “Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down,” performed by freshman Leiana Petlewski.
Georgia Crites did 7 performances, one of them being her solo, “Bound to You”. During her performances, she felt like she did a good job, but she believes that there are always things she can improve on. She also felt that as a whole group they did a great job because they used a lot of facials and worked very hard while performing. Before her last performance on March 21st, she thought of some ways to improve from her last production. She said, “I am a little nervous for my next performance because there were some mistakes, but that gives me another chance to improve them. I also don’t want it to be our last performance because we’ve gotten so close and I wish we could do more”. When asked if she was going to do dance next year or continue her dance career she responded, “Next year I will not be dancing with InMotion because it interferes with the dance company I’m in. Next year I will be competing with my studio, Dancers Edge. Dance is a part of my life and I would not be complete without it. I dance over 18 hours a week”.
Leiana Petlewski had 6 performances, one of them being her solo “Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down”. During her performance, she felt that she performed at her fullest potential and did well. She also felt that the group worked well together not only as a team, but also as a family. They relied on one another and had a great time together. Before her last performance on March 21st, she thought of some ways to improve from her last performance. She said, “Tonight, for my next performance I could be much more emotionally focused, which will help me convey a message through my dancing. I just need to remember that it is the last time I will ever be performing most of these dances, so I need to pour all of my heart and soul into my dancing”. When asked if she was going to do dance next year or continue her dance career she responded, “Dance is not only an activity, it is a part of my life and my personality. Without it, I would be lost. I will continue dance through high school and would love to major in it in college and have it be part of my career”.
Overall, the El Diamante spring annual Dance Show was incredible. The 27 performances were amazing and well choreographed by dance teachers Kara Ford and Jennifer Story, Elda and Miguel Balderas (ballet folklorico), and Isaac Saesee (guest performance). So congratulations to all the performers on the excellent jobs they did on their performances!