Dance travels ‘Back to the Future’
Whether it’s a painting, a song, a sculpture or a dance, the arts can be both timeless and a perfect picture of the times. They allow audiences to look back on what has been, and also look forward to what may be. Northwood’s dance department did much the same during their performances on May 18 and 19 for their spring show, “Back to the Future.”
The show featured student choreography capturing anywhere from the medieval times to the not-so-distant future. Audiences members were taken on a whirlwind ride through the ages, with variations in musical and dance styles as well, to convey the ambiance of different eras.
“I really liked the tap dancing scenes and how high energy they were,” senior Michael Lee said. “I was surprised with how it was put together, and it was really well done.”
Along with tap, the students also showcased their talents in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet and traditional Chinese dance. Their exploration of many styles was not only engaging for the people watching, but also allowed the dancers themselves to grow and expand their repertoires.
“I think my favorite part is being able to dance with others because I really love the people,” said junior Michelle Kim. “I liked Irene Fu’s ‘Shelter’ the most because I really like how she captured the movement and the fact that it was a pointe dance.”
Highlight performances included “Chivalry is Dead,” choreographed by junior Crystal Leung, which set a romantic partner dance in the context of the digital age. Sophomore Kevin Gil as well as junior Mike Coleman and seniors Brandon Johnson, Quinn Reid, Marcelo Rivas and Dillon Gonzales graced the stage as guest dancers. “Retribution,” a duet performed by juniors Akash Seeramreddi and Jonathan Banh, painted a powerful picture of timeless brotherhood.
The final dance of the night was performed by the seniors of Dance Theatre, titled “Worth Living.” For many others as well, the spring show was their last performance on the Northwood stage.
“I loved just being with all the girls, and we’re all supporting each other,” senior Rachel Hsieh said. “Backstage, the energy is so nice, and it’s crazy now, because I’ve been here for four years. I basically grew up in here, and the fact that I’m now leaving home, and this is it—I’m scared, but I’m excited and this was a really great way to end the year.”
With this year’s dance season now coming to a close, the dancers will surely have a lot to look back on.