Dance and Orchestra Programs Collaborate for Annual Symphony on the Dance Floor

 

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By Caroline Emenaker | Managing Editor


For the past few years, the Avon High School Orchestra Program and dance classes have collaborated for a concert called Symphony for a Dance Floor. Every orchestra plays different songs that pair up with dances created by the dance teacher, Mr. Herring.

This year some songs played were “My Shot” from Hamilton, “Red Pony” by Aaron Copland and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Sophomore Marcus Mizelle said his favorite song to play was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

“I liked playing ‘A Thousand Years’ because I like being able to know what it is supposed to sound like because I already knew the original song,” Mizelle said.

The audience for this year’s performance was the largest that they had ever had. Chairs had to be brought in for people watching the performance. Senior Gloria Kaliman said that it helped the performance.

“The main difference from the performance this year is the audience,” Kaliman said. “We played our best because we felt the audience’s presence. It was so fun playing for such a large audience.”

The dances were performed by Dance II, III, advanced technique, and the Avon Black and Gold dance team. Every year the dances and costumes vary between songs, which Senior Andrew Nguyen said helps give life to the music.

“I love collaborating with the dancers every year. It gives the audience a visual interpretation of the music we’re playing.”

Even though Kaliman is a senior, she hopes that the concert will continue in the future and is excited to see it from the audience.

“I feel mixed emotions about this being my last Symphony for a Dance Floor,” Kaliman said. “I am sad to see it end but I am so grateful to have had this experience and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the orchestras and dance teams.”

All photos by Cassidy Cerny 

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