"The love for dance and performing runs deep in the Gibbons Dance Program." Brooks Owens, dance program director
Impressive! That's the word many people used to describe seeing over 200 student-dancers gather on stage for the 2017 spring dance concert finale. But what happened during the concert, which took place April 5-8, was equally impressive.
During the one-and-a-half-hour production students, from beginners to advanced, performed dances in a variety of styles. They ranged from contemporary and jazz to hip-hop, musical theatre, and ballet.
There also were original choreographed pieces sprinkled in between. While Brooks Owens, dance program director, and Alina Vance, dance educator, created most of the pieces, students choreographed a few as well.
"The love for dance and performing runs deep in the Gibbons Dance Program," Owens said, adding that the concert showcases the talent of so many dancers."
In the 11 years since Owens has directed the program it has grown from 34 to 214 students who are part of the Gibbons dance community. One of them is senior Katherine Mosca, who has been a member of the program since her freshman year.
"The Gibbons Dance Program has allowed me not only to continue my career as a dancer, but also to develop into the person I want to be," said Katherine. "I have been able to branch out of my comfort zone by experiencing new styles of dance ... and by having an ongoing support system from my classmates and teacher."