A show to remember


Rehearsal for "Tea Party," choreographed by Charley Bernardo.

Julia Kranzler, Staff Writer

Carlmont Dance’s annual spring show kicks off on Thurs. May 8. This year’s show, entitled “Props”, is unlike other shows in the past because the dancers will not only be telling a story through their bodies, but through props as well.

“It’s definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t expect it to be challenging to choreograph a piece that involved a prop. It takes some getting used to,” said senior Tatyana Castro.

The dancers have been preparing for the show since early Jan. On average, each dancer is in five dances which they have learned throughout the year.

“We have 10 school days to learn each dance. We refer to each set of dances as a ‘cycle’,” said junior Mariya Chichmarenko.

Seniors Charley Bernardo, Jessie Real, and Logan McPherson are seasoned pros when it comes to dance show season. However, for freshman Jillian Patrucco, the world of the Carlmont Dance show is new and unfamiliar.

“I’m kind of nervous for the show and I don’t really know what to expect. Being a freshman in dance can be scary, but I’ve made some really good friends. I’m most looking forward to opening night,” said Patrucco.

Being involved in school activities is nothing new for senior Tristan Gasperian. He is known on the field as the varsity football team captain and off the field as senior class president. However, Gasperian is about to take on a new role as an emcee in the dance show.

“I’m having a lot of fun being an emcee. The other guys and I get along really well. Though it is challenging for us to always think of a skit or new material, we always end up with something,” said Gasperian.

The dance show has been an annual event for years now and Gasperian believes this one will live up to expectations.

“So far, at least from what I can tell, the show is coming together really well. The dancers seem to know what their doing and [Ame] Secrist puts on a good show every year, so I’m confident she’ll be able to do it again this year,” said Gasperian.

Carlmont Dance’s “Props” can be seen in the Performing Arts Center on May 8, May 9, and May 10 at 7:00 pm.