Lights. Camera. Dance!
Starting today and through Saturday, students who are part of the Sunny Hills Dance Department are planning to wow the audience in a concert titled, “Ripple Effect.”
“Everyone has been working really hard since January; there’s been injuries, new dancers, new choreographers and a lot of changes,” dance teacher Leiana Volen said. “Now we get to showcase that [hard work] to everyone.”
Each year the Dance Production [DP] captains and coaches gather to brainstorm themes that embody the styles of the entire dance team. After much consideration, Ripple Effect was chosen as the basis for the whole season.
“[The theme is] Ripple Effect because our team is different this year with [a male dancer] and because we are a larger team,” junior DP captain Kyra Hughes said. “We thought that this year people could see that anyone can dance, and we hope that it would ripple on for future years and make an effect on this school.”
All the dances also have their own stories that complement the theme of the show.
“The dances have a meaning to them,” freshman DP dancer David Burn said. “[They show] how one thing can happen and how one thing leads up to another. Some dances have one person who starts something, and people will join in [after].”
Besides DP, this year’s concert will also feature performances from the Deviation Club, Volen’s Dance 1, 2 and 3 classes.
Concert goers will also see special routines from eight senior boys who call themselves “Dance Broduction” along with a special IB dance created by DP co-captain senior Annabella Vidrio.
“It has been hard trying to clean everything [up], but in the end, I think it’s going to come together really nicely,” Vidrio said of her three-dance performance titled, “Radio Music.”
Preparations for the two- to two-and-a-half-hour concert with a 15-minute intermission have been challenging, but “Ripple Effect” organizers say they are ready to perform.
“We had to make a lot of adjustments in the last few weeks which set us back a little, but overall, I think it just pushes us to do better,” Hughes said. “The show will be great.”
Tonight’s and Friday’s concert in the PAC will start at 7; on Saturday, “Ripple Effect” will start at 4 p.m. — tickets are available at break and lunch in the quad and at the door for $10 with ASB and $12 without unless they are sold out.