Preparing for the Spring Dance Concert
By: Nurene Canawati
The Ayala Dance program is starting the new year by preparing for the spring dance concert debuting in the month of May. All of the dance classes and especially ADP (Advanced Dance Production) are getting ready by practicing and rehearsing for their routine A, B, C, and beyond. Each dance period is practicing routines everyday until the month of May.
Mrs. Christina Hofstetter has been teaching dance for 15 years now. In fact, Mrs. Hofstetter's mother was the one who started the dance program at Ayala. Since the dance program has been a Physical Education class for PE credit, students are able to take dance instead of a regular PE class.
Around this time of year, Mrs. Hofstetter gets working with her dancers everyday in class during school hours for preparing for the spring dance show so everyone knows the synchronized routine. Mrs. Hofstetter works with 250 dancers; in every one of her classes, she looks for perfection in each dancer as they perform along to the music. Mrs. Hofstetter motivates her dancers with the quote: “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
Senior Alexa Blankenship, one of the student leaders in ADP, has been in ADP for 3 years now. According to Blankenship, the spring dance concert is really stressful and time consuming due to the number of acts they have to rehearse and perform for the show. ADP does more dances than the beginning, intermediate, and combo classes because they are the highest level of dance, ADP has dancers that have been dancing since they were little and they have the most experience. Blankenship said, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.”
Junior Divine Milam, who has also been in ADP for 3 years now, mentions how stressful and time consuming it is to do seven dances for two acts of the show. Milam reveals that they have ADP practice everyday right after school in the dance room to rehearse, go over the dance routines, and make adjustments. Since Mrs. Hofstetter and ADP prides themselves on their high level of commitment to dance, they can assure their audience that they will put on an enjoyable and memorable show.