According to Bundrick’s syllabus, the dance course at Scholars Academy teaches individuals multiple dance forms such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. The course also offers the lessons of etiquette, vocabulary, history, choreographic principles, and elements of performing.
Dance has been offered at the Scholars Academy for seven years, marking Bundrick’s seventh year directing the Dance Showcase.
“I am always amazed at their performances and so proud to be a part of a wonderful program,” said Bundrick.
The showcase featured 27 dances choreographed by Bundrick, Pickett, and several guest and student choreographers.
“When working with a guest choreographer, you get to explore new movement and learn different techniques that may help you improve,” said Riann Duggan.
The Dance Showcase featured 130 students ranging from 6th to 12th grade, which consists of different levels of technique experience among the students.
“Ensuring that beginners are given material that is within their skill set and at the same time challenging for the advanced dancers can be difficult,” said Bundrick.
The dance number “Put a Praise on It” choreographed by Pickett was a crowd favorite due to its exciting movements and catchy rhythm. The dance consisted of old gospel and new gospel songs which engaged the viewers of all different ages.
Senior Daria Stephens choreographed the dance number, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which told the story of girls at a sleepover.
The audience left remembering the “Finale,” which featured all of the dancers in one ensemble and music from the High School Musical soundtrack.
The dancers not only put together the show, but many backstage elements put the finishing touches to the show.
“Prior to the performance, there are many production elements that must be completed including costume selection and fittings, getting the program ready for printing, cast meals for the dancers during theatre week, all the music edited and in show order, light cues set, and so much more.
Bundrick explained that parents assisted with cast meals, dressing room supervision, backstage, ticket sales, concessions, ushers, and costume cleaning.
“The time I enjoy the most about the Dance Showcase is theatre week. Even if everyone is stressed and anxious, it’s fun to sit and watch the dances of other classes,” said Muriel Sarabia.
“I enjoy making new memories, performing with my friends, and showing how much the dance program has taught us over the course of the school year,” said Sophi Sampson.
Bundrick explained what she wants her students to take away from the experience.
“The most important lesson I hope the dancers learn is the value of hard work and perseverance. These two skills will enable them to succeed in anything they choose to explore,” said Bundrick.