Annual dance recital ‘works’ wellFriday, June 06, 2008 By Joshua Segarra
It was a full house when members of the Rosa L. Parks School family entered the doors of the Lou Costello Theatre to see the night performance of “Dance Works 2008.” The annual recital opened with its circus based dance, MystiqueB, which included many captivating colors, hula-hoops, and exercise balls. The most eye catching of all were three students dressed in glowing costumes as dolls. “It was very nice. The colors were so eye catching and I loved the balls!” said Freshman Communication Arts Major Syeda Uddin. The show also included pieces from the student choreographed show, which took place earlier this year. Senior Ashley Bracey’s piece “Walk With Me” was included, along with solo pieces by Senior Jaime Perkins with “Belief,” Senior Tahirah McClean with “Forgive Me Love” and Senior Verenisse Chavez’s “Self Kept.” The dance pieces were meant to entertain, but some also brought a unique message. Some messages ranged from self-esteem to human nature. Also, some of the pieces featured real-life problems such as drug addiction and insecurities. Dance Repertoire performed “Lifeline” which demonstrated a group of people suffering through drug addiction. “The dance was interesting and moving.” said Instrumental Major Rasheem Hall, a junior. The freshmen and sophomores took the stage when they performed a religion-based piece called, “Saving Gracie.” Dance Works 2008 was not all melodic, it also had its daily dose of Hip-Hop and Techno to spice it up a bit. Javiah Robinson’s “Battle of the Funk” had the audience moving in their seats, along with “BOYZ,” which was performed by the sophomores and freshmen. “It was great, very creative and interesting!” said Freshman Jasmine White, who attended the show. Dance Works concluded with “Robots” — a piece that surprised the audience with robotic movements. “Robots” was also featured at the annual Arts & Humanities Night in October.