Dance majors perform the annual winter performance

The annual winter dance performances consisted of all dance majors grades six through eight. An assortment of dance teachers led the performances. The performances were held on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 in the main stage.

“Not only do we work on technique, choreography, and performance quality with our students, we organize the logistics which includes theater tech contracts, ticket sales, security, custodial services, and parent volunteers,” Satinoff, dance teacher said.

These dance performances consisted of all grades and all types of dances such as modern, ballet, and tap.

“My biggest challenge so far has been overcoming my lack of dancing modern because I do ballet and I have to do a lot of modern for this dance,” Mackenna Brenard, eighth grade dance major said.

The choreography was not only Bak teachers; there were two guest pieces.  “Rush Hour” was a modern work that Robert Battle choreographed, who was currently the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.

“One of his former dancers and close colleagues, Erica Pujic, set the piece on our dancers in a remote workshop on Google Meet. Another class is performing ‘Parsons Etude.’ These were arranged through Dancing Legacy,” Satinoff said.

Dance was a big part of these students lives. Apart from the challenges, dance always had a special place in these student’s heart.

Arianna Lang, seventh grade dance major said, “I don’t know what I would do without dance. It’s my favorite thing I don’t think I would want to do anything different.”