Seabury Hall Performing Arts
presents the 28th Annual
All levels of Seabury's Dance Programs
directed by David Ward
One Weekend Only:
Friday & Saturday, April 21-22 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 23 @ 3:00 PM
'A'ali'ikuhonua Creative Arts Center
Seabury Hall, Makawao
Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Kupuna, $5 Students
The show-stopping “Sing Sing Sing” performed at our Common Ground festival is a highlight from veteran guest choreographer Julane Stites from Portland, Oregon. Stites brought 18 of her young dancers to collaborate on this high energy piece to Benny Goodman’s music with Seabury’s top dancers, the Seabury Hall Dance Ensemble, who will perform it in this concert.
Bay Area choreographers Meghan and Tito Reyes choreographed a pop culture, hip-hop infused piece for our Level C dancers. “Level C had so much fun working with Meghan and Tito during their week long residency,” says Director of Dance, David Ward. “They came away from the project inspired and working harder than ever before.”
Local choreographer Nicole Yezzi set her contemporary piece “Conflicted Conformity” on the SHDE in the Fall -- and the company performed it outdoors in a festival sponsored by Adaptations Dance Theater.
Director of Dance David Ward has set several new pieces including the Flamenco-inspired “Spanish Nights” performed by the company to the music of Jesse Cook, and a new blues suite for Level C to blues standards sung by Queen Latifah. “Level B is super excited by the new piece I’m doing with them,” says Ward. Instead of the usual pop, their dance is a thought-provoking piece with partner work and an uplifting spiritual feeling. “The students were so happy to push beyond their regular range. They were extremely motivated by doing this kind of sculptural, abstract piece.”
Level A’s gospel-inspired piece is set to music from the animated film, Sing!, written and performed by Stevie Wonder and Arianna Grande.
For the company, Andre Morissette is bringing back the first two movements of his award-winning “Metropolis,” a dance theater ensemble piece about city life.
For Level C, Morissette has also revived another of his best-loved ensemble pieces, set to the song “War.”
Vanessa Cerrito’s three ballet classes each have new “Spring-inspired” pieces:
Ballet 1 will dance to a sweet LeRoy Anderson song called “Belle of the Ball.” Ballet 2 will be dancing a mysterious yet whimsical “Masquerade” to music from the 15th Century. The Ballet 3 class is dancing to “At Last I am Happy” by Red Nichols and his Big 10 from the Roaring Twenties.