Dance Program Captures Stimson Students

Whitman Dance director Ms. Susan Turner Radin and her dancers get a big thank you from Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith.
Whitman Dance director Ms. Susan Turner Radin and her dancers get a big thank you from Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith.
Dancers perform the modern dance “Rhythm & Repetition” to the captivated Stimson students.
Dancers perform the modern dance “Rhythm & Repetition” to the captivated Stimson students.
Ok Stimson students, we need volunteers.
Ok Stimson students, we need volunteers.
Dancers exhibit strength and balance in almost everything they do.
Dancers exhibit strength and balance in almost everything they do.
Volunteers are in the steady and sure grasp of the Whitman dancers.
Volunteers are in the steady and sure grasp of the Whitman dancers.
Whitman senior Aren Kabarajian demonstrates various dance moves in one of the lecture demonstrations.
Whitman senior Aren Kabarajian demonstrates various dance moves in one of the lecture demonstrations.

What do the NY Football Giants, the Eagles, and even Cardinals have in common?  The answer may surprise you. It's dance, and if you think dance is just for dancers? Think again. More and more professional athletes are realizing the benefits of incorporating dance into their workout regimen than ever before. That's because dance helps with balance, strength, and endurance--all of which promotes optimal sports performance.

Step into the professional dance studio at Walt Whitman, courtesy of a SHEF donation, and it’s easy to see why the Walt Whitman dance program isn’t just for dancers. Besides the positive physical aspect of dance, the creative side offers unlimited freedom of expression. 

Ms. Susan Turner Radin, a professional dancer herself, teaches the program at Whitman. “We took our program on the road and visited Stimson’s physical education classes to introduce the middle school students to the art of modern dance,” said Ms. Turner. “Our dancers stressed the power of movement to communicate themes and tell stories. They performed “Rhythm & Repetition,” a modern dance work inspired by the May art installation of the same name at the Hecksher Museum. The dancers analyzed over twenty paintings and composed a dance that reflects the creative themes in the artwork.” 

The Whitman dancers performed six lecture demonstrations for Stimson physical education students. “It is always a moment of joy to celebrate our homegrown talent and expose our students to the opportunities that exist within the South Huntington educational community,” said Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith. “Their presentation was interactive, involving participation from the Stimson students. It gives a good look at some of the innovative programs at Whitman that will be available to the eighth graders in the near future.”

“The Whitman dancers thoroughly enjoyed their experience working with the Stimson students and look forward to next year!” said Ms. Turner.  Mr. Smith agrees, “Thank you Ms. Radin, and most importantly, thank you Whitman dancers for an amazing performance.”