The St. Joseph’s Academy dance department presented its annual fall concert on November 20 in the Manship Theatre. In two evening performances, Traveling Through Time explored different generations of dance and music. The story was told through a variety of works in jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance.
Jade McCune is SJA’s dance instructor.
Senior Shelby Bordelon, who is a member of the new Red Steppers dance team that performed as number, said she thoroughly enjoyed her first SJA dance concert. She also performed a solo to New York State of Mind by Hallie Tomlinson. “I wish I would have taken dance since freshman year so I could have experienced it all four years,” she said. “I had so much fun performing on stage. Coach [McCune] did such an amazing job with the choreography, costumes, putting on the show and everything in between. I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing SJA dance family. Although I was really nervous, I had so much fun, and all of my nerves went away as soon as I got on stage.”
Senior Isabelle English called this year’s performance one of her favorite to date. “It was so fun to embrace the styles of the different decades and get into character,” she said.
Senior Lilly Chastain, also a member of the Red Steppers, performed a solo to Esotro by Lucrecia Dalt. “The show was my favorite one yet,” she said. “We are so used to dancing to a serious storyline, so having something like time travel was so much fun to perform, especially for a big audience. All of the dancers were so supportive of each other on stage and off stage, too, which was really awesome. Mrs. McCune worked so hard on the show, and her choreography was so fun to bring to life. I wish I could do it all over again!”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine