“Stay with Me” — choreographed by sophomore Karen Young

January 5, 2023

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Ellie Chan

WITH OPEN ARMS: Junior Sophia Empalmado reaches somberly towards the audience in a call to “Stay with me.”

This dance is a masterpiece in composition. While some may see dance as merely a person’s execution of choreography, much more goes into coming up with formations and deviating from unison sections to create a cohesive work of art. On stage, a dance becomes visually interesting when there are dimensions and levels. This dance kept my attention in that it wasn’t afraid to vary its levels in one frame—one dancer executes floorwork while the person next to them is in a leg extension—and it incorporated symmetry and geometric formations that kept the eyes moving. In combination with the emotional song, I’m sure this performance left an impression on many in the audience. 

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