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Emery/Weiner high school students practicing newly learned ballet moves. Pictured are (from left) Evelyn Burt, Gabby Samuels, Sophia Tolias, and Madelaine Rose.
Since the establishment of the Emery/Weiner School in 2001, the administration has worked hard to introduce a variety of extracurricular programs to give every student an outlet to exhibit their creativity and take part in something they enjoy. This year, Emery announced that it will be offering dance.
In August, Emery/Weiner welcomed new theater and dance teacher Jenna Dorece to campus in hopes of building a successful dance program.
“There are quite a few students here that love the stage but not necessarily within a musical,” said Jenna Dorece. “I hope to provide a spotlight for these young artists and bring those students an outlet, somewhere to feel comfortable and be themselves, much like the theatre.”
The dance program includes a middle school and high school dance elective, as well as an after-school program.
In the elective, students will learn different dance styles including ballet, jazz, modern, and more, and learn how to choreograph their own routines.
With the after-school program, students will hopefully perform for their peers this year and begin participating in competitions next year.
Sophomore Evelyn Burt, who is currently taking the dance elective exclaimed said that she was excited to be a part of the new dance program and has really enjoyed the dance elective so far.
“I’ve waiting for this since sixth grade and can't wait to continue doing it in the future,” said Evelyn.
While Emery places high importance on academics, it also gives students opportunities to try new things, and even discover a new passion of theirs.
Emery’s new dance program is a creative outlet, but also a place to meet new people and have fun. Hopefully, it will be successful this year and allow students to give dancing a twirl, while also giving seasoned dancers a place to showcase their talents.