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Students shimmied, shook, and spun throughout the night of April 27, 2017 at Charter’s annual Dance Benefit. The River of Grass Auditorium was packed full with spectators as they anxiously waited for the show to start. Out front of the auditorium, students were selling student-made ceramic bowls for $1, $3, or $5 depending on the size. Pre-purchased tickets for the show could be obtained at will call, while tickets were also being sold at the door for $5. As each guest entered, they received a green pamphlet including all the dances throughout the night.
As the night began, Lauren Barrera, the M.C., opened the show with a “knock-knock” joke, causing the crowd to erupt in laughter. Dance team was the first performer of the night, and they danced to “Lose Control.” The crowd quickly felt a wave of energy and began to clap and sing along. As each act came up, the audience cheered for them and kept the room lively. “Even backstage I could tell that the crowd was really excited for all the dancers and loved every single dance that was performed. I hope my dance titled “Woman” really inspired the people to be strong,” said sophomore Sophia Francisco. Many students performed in groups, most of them in Ms. Norton’s dance class at Charter. Latin dance team performed, and guest dancers were there from Studio 61 Dance Company. One of the last dances, “Rise Up,” was dedicated to Chris Algeria’s fight against brain cancer and included his sister Natalie Alegria wearing her “Team Chris” shirt.
At one moment throughout the night, Ms. Norton came to the stage to thank everybody for coming and say congratulations to all the dancers on a successful night. Dance team then ended the night with an energetic dance to “Bounce Back,” which had the whole crowd jumping in their seats. Lots of time and effort was put into learning so many dances, and it showed in the amazing show that was put on by the dance team.
Reported by: Ainsley MCCORMICKSTUDENT LIFE EDITOR
Photo Donated by: Katie PEREZGRAPHICS EDITOR