Whitman Spring Concert

“Letting Go,” Choreographed by Turner & Rachel Guida, and performed by Rachel Guida.
“Letting Go,” Choreographed by Turner & Rachel Guida, and performed by Rachel Guida.
"Wilkommen," with music from the Broadway Show Cabaret, costumes by Gina Tinucci’s Fashion Class.
“Free to Be Me,” Choreographed by Turner & the dancers, and performed by Modern Dance I.
“Free to Be Me,” Choreographed by Turner & the dancers, and performed by Modern Dance I.
“Free to Be Me,” performed by Modern Dance I.
“Free to Be Me,” performed by Modern Dance I.
“Equality”, Choreographed by Turner & the dancers.  Performed by Rachel Guida, Karen Brenseke, Sean Breen, Zach Cammer, and in photo: Sophia Briscoe, and Jon Heller.
“Equality”, Choreographed by Turner & the dancers. Performed by Rachel Guida, Karen Brenseke, Sean Breen, Zach Cammer, and in photo: Sophia Briscoe, and Jon Heller.
“borders” was created for Hofstra University’s Democracy Project in conjunction  with the 2012 Presidential Debates. This piece represents the evolution of  America’s immigration policy and the current struggle.
“borders” was created for Hofstra University’s Democracy Project in conjunction with the 2012 Presidential Debates. This piece represents the evolution of America’s immigration policy and the current struggle.
“#hallwaysnails”, Choreographed & performed by Modern Dance II/III, music by Blue Man Group.
“#hallwaysnails”, Choreographed & performed by Modern Dance II/III, music by Blue Man Group.
"Fortune Rota Volvitur" is Performed by Studio in Dance I, with Music Performed by The WWHS Wind Ensemble and the WWHS Choir.
“Fortune Rota Volvitur” is Choreographed by Turner.
“Fortune Rota Volvitur” is Choreographed by Turner.
"#spreadthelove", choreographed by Turner & the dancers.
Susan Turner Radin takes questions from her dancers as they review their rehearsal.
Susan Turner Radin takes questions from her dancers as they review their rehearsal.
Susan Turner Radin, Director/Choreographer of the Whitman Dance Program reviews with her dancers after their rehearsal.
Susan Turner Radin, Director/Choreographer of the Whitman Dance Program reviews with her dancers after their rehearsal.

One of Long Island's top high school Dance Programs, directed and choreographed by Susan Turner Radin, as well as the award winning Whitman Choir, directed by Steve Altinel, the Wind Ensemble, directed by Allan Deitz, and the Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band, conducted by Allan Deitz, presented their Spring Concert on Thursday evening. 

This year was the Whitman Dance Program’s Ten Year Anniversary.  The Dance Program invited all alumni of the program to attend this special concert.  There was a short film revisiting as much of the choreography from the last ten years as possible and the final dance piece culminate by bringing dance alumni (or as many of you who were willing) onto the stage.

PLEASE SEE SLIDE SHOW OF THE CONCERT:

Photo Gallery



2013 DANCE HONORS

Four students will be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in New York State. These four dancers have met all of the requirements for induction through their participation in numerous dance courses, performances, workshops, and creative activities at WWHS.

Inductees: Alexis Trench, Kayla Collins, Rachel Guida, and Kellyjane Watson.

Long Island Scholar Artist Award Sponsored by Newsday and the LI Arts Alliance, Scholar Artists are recognized for excelling academically and artistically. Students are required to have earned an unweighted average above 90 and demonstrate the highest level of artistic excellence and technical skill.

LISA Vocal Performance: Raquelle Viteri

LISA Dance: Rachel Guida

 

PTA Award for Dance: Rachel Guida 

Dancer is recognized for excellence in dance and for demonstrating outstanding motivation, support of her fellow students and teachers, dependability, and creativity.

 

Art Development Award for Dance: Kellyjane Watson

Dancer demonstrates excellence in dance, self-discipline, dedication, and the intent to pursue dance as a profession.


Performances included:

From the Jazz Band:

A Nasty Bit of Blues - Doug Beach

Blue Samuel - Sammy Nestico

Blue Rondo Ala Turk - Dave Brubeck Arr. C. Custer

Arubian Island - Mike Carubia

For Lena and Lennie - Sammy Nestico

La Fiesta -  Chick Corea Arr. Michael Philip Mossman

Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie, Arr. Mike Tomaro

On Green Dolphin Street - Washington and Kaper,   Arr. Les Hooper

From the Whitman Choir:

A selection of everyone’s favorites.

From the Wind Ensemble:

A selection that highlights these incredibly talented musicians.

From the Dance Program:

Susan Turner Radin, Director/Choreographer

Lighting Design by Alex Dollin
Sound Technician: Hans Bas
Program Art: Elizabeth Mercurio, Lauren Re, Sonia Bartolomeo
Video & PPT artist: Nicole Cardascia
Costume Design: Turner & the dancers 


Ten Years of Whitman Dance

Video created by Nicole Cardascia

 

Wilkommen

Choreographed by Turner

Performed by Modern Dance II/III

Music by John Kander from the Broadway Show Cabaret

Costumes by Gina Tinucci’s Fashion Class

Tweets2013  Inspired by author Teju Cole and the popular trend of tweeting. The dancers and Pipolo’s classes collaborated to write and choreograph tweets that reflect current events and high school life.  The tweets which we inserted through the program mimic the style of language now commonly used between teenagers on social networking sites.

#thegeneration

Choreographed by Modern Dance II/III

Performed by Elizabeth Aiello and Jon Heller

Music by Brenda Givargidze

Jake Delorenzo: “Whatever happened to dinner and a movie where a phone wasn’t your date #thegeneration”

 

Malala

Choreographed by Turner & the dancers

Performed by Studio in Dance I

Music by Aye Khuda

This modern dance piece is based on Malala Yousafzai, the fifteen-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban as she sat on her school bus because she advocated for education for young women.  Malala survived the attack and stands as the symbol for empowerment of women and girls.

 

#twittermuscles

Choreographed and Performed by Brenda Givargidze, Kellyjane Watson, Pam Pulvirenti, Atalia Collier Parker, Kayla Collins

Music by Brenda Givargidze

Nick Ciccaione: “Twitter and other social networking sites give people the power to be someone they want to be #fake #twittermuscles”

Amanda Lund: “Think you are brave? Saying everything you really want to say for a virtual standoff just makes you the one with a knife #gunfight”

Billy DeBlasio: “We hide behind our computer screens calling each other names like some #keyboardwarriors”

Free to Be Me

Choreographed by Turner & the dancers

Performed Modern Dance I

Music by Philip Glass, Metamorphosis

#equality

Choreographed by Turner & the dancers

Performed by Rachel Guida, Karen Brenseke, Sophia Briscoe, Jon Heller, Sean Breen, Zach Cammer

Music by Daniel T Denver

Sam Meyer: “Tell me again about the unsanctity of gay marriage when over half of “normal” marriages in this century end in divorce? #equality”

borders

Choreographed by Turner & the dancers

Performed by Modern Dance II/III

Music by Philip Glass

This piece was created for Hofstra University’s Democracy Project in conjunction

with the 2012 Presidential Debates. This piece represents the evolution of

America’s immigration policy and the current struggle.

 

#hallwaysnails

Choreographed & performed by Modern Dance II/III

Music by Blue Man Group

Guest Appearance by Dr. Scott Muller & Ms. Kathleen Acker

Amanda Verdi: “I hope you can feel my glare #walkfaster #hallwaysnails”

Kimberly Prestin: “You know what I hate? Not being able to wear hats in school. 

I’m not in a damn gang; it’s just sometimes my hair doesn’t look too great #letmebe”

Alexis Trench: “Please hit me in the head with the walkie talkie again. Nothing

 makes me feel more like an 18 year old AP student #annoying”

Andrew Gonzales: “These kids need to pick up their pants and walk faster #move”

Meaghan Duffy: “The way in which I walk through the halls doesn’t really say

much about me or my character #dontjudge”

 

Letting Go

Choreographed by Turner & Rachel Guida

Performed by Rachel Guida

Music by Arvo Part, Summa

 

Fortune Rota Volvitur

Choreographed by Turner

Performed by Studio in Dance I

Music by Carl Orff, Carmina Burana

Music Performed by The WWHS Wind Ensemble and the WWHS Choir

 

#spreadthelove

Choreographed by Turner & the dancers

Performed by Modern Dance II/III

Music by Dave Brubeck 

Music performed by the Whitman Jazz Band

Tiffany Halajian: “Have you made anyone other than yourself feel good today? #hugthyneighbor #whitmandance @audience @alumni”