It was such a sublime experience to see the same girls I pass by in the hallways leap great heights in the air, do multiple pirouettes in a row and change almost instantly into their next costumes at Thursday’s performance of Vol, Dance Dimensions’ 37th Annual Evening of Dance show.
The show, which ran from Feb. 3-5, included all 12 dancers in the company and featured pieces choreographed by each of the five senior dancers.
Late afterschool rehearsals began as early as October, and weekend rehearsals started in November. With all of the time each girl put into the show, her passion for dance became apparent. If you could not already pinpoint the dancers amongst us before Vol, they certainly made an impression during the performance.
I knew that this year’s Evening of Dance would be a little different since Dimensions has been experimenting with technology.
Two projector screens were set up on the sides of the stage, displaying artwork and designs by guest artists Connie and John Trevino. Though dancers said they were originally worried that the art would distract the audience from the dance, it actually did the opposite, complementing the dancers beautifully.
“We weren’t able to see how it all looked together for a while. We just had to trust that the art worked with our pieces,” Dimensions dancer Libby ’12 said.
Technology was not the only new element that the dancers incorporated into their show this year. Kelsey ’11’s “I Sing the Body” piece included spoken word performed by Jewels ’11 alongside a dance routine. Though this dance did bring a new twist to the show, it had mixed reviews.
“Though her dance was eccentric and kind of lengthy, it still conveyed a powerful message,” Alana ’12 said.
Every dance showed the girls’ immense talent and love of their art, but the costumes were one of the most striking additions. The dancers sported outfits both traditional and modern, with one dance featuring longer, more conservative velvet dresses and the next involving short black tutus and tank tops.
My personal favorite was the company’s group piece, “No Cars Go,” choreographed by Rebecca ’11. Though I had seen this piece during rehearsal stages and at an All-School Meeting preview earlier in the year, the exciting Arcade Fire music, the vivid costumes and the dancers’ smiles showcased all their hard work.
“It’s my last year in Dimensions, so the entire experience is bittersweet,” Rebecca said. “Vol was one of the greatest shows to work on and the best show to end with.”