The performance marked the final appearance on the stage for eight dancers in Mercersburg’s senior class: Anna Mele ’19, Cherie Sio ’19, Vilma Sakkinen ’19, Ella Jane Reinhard ’19, Rose Olsen ’19, Sofie Pedersen ’19, Andrea Yu ’19, and Kamryn Bacchus-Larode ’19.
Guest choreographers for the concert included Jennifer Nelson '13, contemporary jazz; Zoey Cruz, hip-hop; and Jacqueline Sinclair, urban jazz.
Mercersburg Academy dance instructors include Director of Dance Denise Dalton as well as Sean Alan Miller, Lisa Irvine, and Nancy Cogan-Hershberger.
Dalton choreographed several of the evening’s dances, including “The Path of Here and Now,” which featured Reinhard wth music performed by Michael Cameron (who is director of the string ensemble at Mercersburg); Dalton and Sio collaborated on a tribute piece, which featured Bacchus-Larode, Ryan Bland ’21, Lucy Bowman ’21, Wren Dahbura ’21, Eliza DuBose ’20, Shannon Fan ’20, Keli Flanagan ’20, Mia Ingram ’21, Sophie Krasny ’20, Mele, Sarah Noorbakhsh ’21, Olsen, Pedersen, Rose Potter ’21, Maggie Quick ’20, Reinhard, Emily Rivera-Castro ’20, Julee Rodgers ’20, Destiny Rodney ’22, Sakkinen, Sio, Lian Wang ’21, Riley Wick ’20, Molly Willis ’22, Reese Wilten ’22, Joie Xiao ’22, Yu, and Victoria Zhivova ’21; “Percussion,” which was choreographed by Bob Fosse and re-staged by Dalton featuring Mele, Olsen, Pedersen, and Sakinnen; “13 Variations of One Imagination,” with music by J.S. Bach performed by Vanessa Mae and featuring dancers Bacchus-Larode, Maddie Dawson ’21, Fan, Reinhard, Krasny, Mele, Noorbakhsh, Olsen, Pedersen, Sakkinen, Sio, Wang, and Wick.
Student choreographers for the evening included Sakkinen, who choreographed her senior solo contemporary number “You Raise Me Up”; Sio, who choreographed the Asian-inspired number “An Awoken Dream”; Pedersen, who choreographed a contemporary solo for Dawson, “Flicker Out”; Bacchus-Larode and Sio, who choreographed a modern duet “Look How Far We’ve Come”; Yu, who choreographed the modern “Where Do We Go?”; Mele, who choreographed the her senior solo number “Farewell”; Mele and Sakkinen, who choreographed the finale “This Is Me”; and Xiao, who choreographed the hip-hop number “Tuff XL.”
Additional performances of note included “Mercury Rising,” choreographed by the dance composition II and III classes; “Waltz of the Hours,” choreographed by The Bolshoi Ballet after Arthur Saint-Leon and restaged by Irvine; “Took the Night,” choreographed by Cruz; “Genuflect,” choreographed by Sinclair; “Sing, Sing, Sing,” choreographed by Cogan-Hershberger; and “Quiet Doubts,” choreographed by Miller.
The Senior and Spring Student Art Show will premiere Wednesday, May 15, with a reception scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Burgin Center’s Cofrin Gallery. The Spring Student Music Recital is set for Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Burgin Center’s Boone Recital Hall, and the Senior Music Recital will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, also in the Boone Recital Hall, with a reception for the Senior Art Show taking place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.