Tag: Junior Dance Company

Junior and Senior Dance Companies to Travel to Disney in April

Words: Mikayla Martin

Every two years, the Centennial senior and junior dance companies fly to Disney World in Florida to perform.

In these upcoming months, both companies will be working very hard to prepare for this trip. In class dancers run through numerous dances that they will be performing at Disney.

Each company will perform dances choreographed by their captains, in addition to dancers choreographed by Mrs. Clark, the dance teacher.

During their time in Florida, dancers will have plenty of time to enjoy the park. competition. They’ll be allowed to go around the park, and also have the option to stay at the resort to relax.

Clark stated, “I am very excited for us to perform at Disney Springs because we have the prime time showcase time; Friday night so it’s going to be packed!”

Being one of the junior company captains, I am very excited to perform the dance I choreographed at Disney and walk around the park with my best friends. It will be a true experience. This will be the 7th year the dance companies have gone to Disney.

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Winter Spectacular

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

Centennial High School held their annual Winter Spectacular during on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2. The music and arts groups, led by Mrs.Clark, produced a riveting show for the community.

The show featured the Madrigals, Senior Dance Company, Junior Dance Company, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Musical Theatre.

The show started out with the entire cast performing “Snow Business,” a crowd favorite. It continued on with the Junior Dance Company performing their dances before moving on to a more modern hip-hop style dance. The Madrigals appeared on stage in their Rennasissance attire and performed their popular songs such as “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding.”

Color Guard then performed “Happiest Christmas Tree.” Both Junior and Senior Dance Companies also came out and performed some of their popular songs such as “Hot Choclate,” “The Nutcracker,” “Marshmallow World,” “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bells.”

The show ended with the entire cast coming together to sing “Feliz Navidad,” another crowd-favorite, under the conducting of band director David Matchim. It was a full house for both of the shows.

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Winter Spectacular

Words: Diana Cagas

Photos: Izzie Chausse and Hunter Hall

On the evenings of December 3 and 4, Centennial’s music and art groups performed their annual Winter Spectacular. With both shows starting at 7 pm, the full ensemble transformed the school auditorium into a winter wonderland.

The Winter Spectacular involved various fine arts groups showcasing their musical talents. The show featured performances from Madrigals, the orchestra, Musical Theatre, Drill Team, Junior and Senior Dance Company, Color Guard, and Jazz Band.

The fun-filled show started with all performing groups singing the crowd favorite “Snow Business.” After the song, the stage lights dimmed down and the Madrigals appeared on stage in their Renaissance attire, performing “Deck the Halls.” Other songs they performed were “Here We Come a-Caroling,” “Carol, Singers Carol,” and “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding”.

After the Madrigals’ first number, members from the orchestra tuned their instruments to “Sleigh Ride”. While singing on stage, Musical Theatre also danced to “Winter Wonderland,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Aside from singing, both Junior and Senior Dance Company took the stage as they danced to songs such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Snow,” and “The Nutcracker Suite”.

Color Guard twirled their flags to “Somewhere in My Memory” from the family Christmas movie, Home Alone. Under the conducting of band director David Matchim, Jazz Band played “Feliz Navidad” and they were joined by all performing groups as they danced and sang, closing the night.

The show was filled with an audience packed from the front of the auditorium to the back. The Winter Spectacular was also performed for 8th graders from different middle schools during the school day on December 4. It truly was a spectacular show.

If you missed the opportunity to watch the Winter Spectacular, there are always more chances to see it in following years!

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The Spectacular Winter Spectacular

Article: Paul Didwall

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – If The Winter Spectacular were a movie, and you were to watch a trailer for it, quotes would sequentially appear on the screen with sayings such as, “10 out of 10,” “Five Stars,” “Centennial Amazes Again,” “There is a reason it is called The Winter SPECTACULAR.” The annual Centennial High School event was held on November 29 and 30 this year, at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium. Tickets were $10 a piece and could be purchased at the door or in advance.

Prior to the 7:00 start time, the Madrigals sang the audience in to the room with songs from their repertoire. The show then started off with Santa’s journey to CHS, featuring a comical video of him driving in to the Centennial parking lot blaring holiday music, and then running in to the school getting each performing group ready for the show. Santa, played by Benjamin Evans, and two of his reindeer, Jillian Loeffler and Sarika Reddy, got the performances stared by welcoming the entire cast on stage to perform There’s No Business Like SNOW Business! Santa and his reindeer continued to keep the audience entertained throughout the night with the story of their trip around the globe.

Madrigals then took to the stage to perform Deck the Halls!, and returned at various intervals to wow the audience with more holiday tunes. The Centennial Dance Academy – an after school program for younger dances that was introduced last year – was the second group to take the stage and had a considerable number of performances throughout the night. Each Musical Theater performance was very enthusiastic and well put-together, making it easy to enjoy.

Junior and Senior Dance companies wowed the audience on many occasions including a detailed group performance of The Nutcracker Suite, featuring a solo by senior Madison Croxson. After a few more dances, a phenomenal iteration of Sleigh Ride was performed by the Strings. The show continued on with more dances, musical theater performances, and singing from the Madrigals, as well as more details of the story being told by Santa and the Reindeer.

By this point of The Winter Spectacular, it was time for Jazz Band to take the stage. The Jazz band performed Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with flawless vocal accompaniment by Anne Marie Demme. Strings played another great song between the execution of the two Jazz band songs. After the various performances by the various performing arts groups, the entire cast was again brought back in to the auditorium to collectively perform Feliz Navidad. The Band provided the instrumental music, Madrigals and Music Theater sang the lyrics, and dancers filled the auditorium aisles to dance and pass out festive candy canes. The Jazz Band then returned to play the crowd out of the auditorium, with a drum solo from Kevin Lehr.

The night should be considered a success by all involved. Congratulations to the cast and crew of The 2012 Winter Spectacular on a fantastic job.

If you missed the chance to visit this event on Thursday, I would urge you to attend tonight’s (11/30/12) performance at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium.