Highlights from the Spring Dance Concert

“I am especially proud of this concert because I feel it reveals the power of dance to communicate ideas to an audience and for the depth and diversity of themes.”  - Susan Turner Radin
“I am especially proud of this concert because I feel it reveals the power of dance to communicate ideas to an audience and for the depth and diversity of themes.” - Susan Turner Radin
Behind the incredible music from the Wind Ensemble, and the Masks from Ms. Gina Tinucci’s talented art students, the performance of ‘Midnight Masquerade’ was one of the highlights of the evening.
Behind the incredible music from the Wind Ensemble, and the Masks from Ms. Gina Tinucci’s talented art students, the performance of ‘Midnight Masquerade’ was one of the highlights of the evening.
‘On the Rooftop’ was a wonderfully executed dance that took its theme from the movie ‘Mary Poppins.’ Captured in a brief moment of stillness is Melanie Olinsky.
‘On the Rooftop’ was a wonderfully executed dance that took its theme from the movie ‘Mary Poppins.’ Captured in a brief moment of stillness is Melanie Olinsky.
Whitman Dance Program’s Director and Choreographer Susan Turner Radin, standing center back to camera, details last minute instructions with her dancers after a demanding dress rehearsal.
Whitman Dance Program’s Director and Choreographer Susan Turner Radin, standing center back to camera, details last minute instructions with her dancers after a demanding dress rehearsal.

The annual Spring Dance Concert at Walt Whitman High School featured one of Long Island's top high school dance programs, directed and choreographed by Susan Turner Radin. “I am especially proud of this concert because I feel it reveals the power of dance to communicate ideas to an audience and for the depth and diversity of themes,” said Ms. Turner.  “This year the students and I tackled subjects from the Chimney Sweeps of Mary Poppins to families struggling with Cancer, from the stereotypes and strengths of young women, and to the various identity issues with which teens struggle.”

“The dancers in the Whitman Dance Program this year were by far one of the most eclectic groups of students I've had to work with in my twelve years at Whitman in terms of ability, experience, interest, commitment, and performance,” said Ms. Radin. “Thursday night’s dance concert was a perfect example of the magic of performance and creative process because in spite of the challenges, differences, and obstacles we encountered throughout the year, they came together in perfect harmony and gave a fabulous show.” The evening also showcased the incredibly talented Jazz Band and the award winning Wind Ensemble, directed by Allan Deitz.

Another highlight of the evening was the addition of the Walt Whitman High School Studio Artists under the direction of Art Educator Gina Tinucci. The group created beautiful masks that dancers used in their performance of ‘Masquerade.’

The Jazz Band got things off to a great start performing ten numbers from their 2014-2015 repertoire. Whitman’s Dance director, Ms. Susan Turner Radin then introduced several 2015 Dance Awards. Congratulations to eight students who are to be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in New York State on June 3, 2015. Inductees: Jessica Barahona, Rachel Kilkenny, Jenna Kilkenny, Marina Kilkenny, Corina Lambraia, Elizabeth Mercurio, Melanie Olinsky, and Sabrina Odette.

PTA Award for Dance was presented to: Victoria Rosa

Art Development Fund Award for Dance:  Sabrina Odette

WWHS PTA Achievement Award in Dance: Morgan McNulty

WWHS Art Recognition Award for Dance: Sabrina Philippe

 

Photo Gallery

The Dance portion of the evening featured six performances.  Dance performances In order of appearance:  

#like a girl

Performed by Studio in Dance

Music by DVBBS

Video edited by Anthony Padinha and Keith Nieves

 

Alchemy

Choreographed by Turner

Performed by Modern Dance II/III

Music by Enigma

 

Alter Ego

Performed by Studio in Dance

Music by Lindsey Sterling

Here

Performed Modern Dance II/III

Music: Whatsoever Things by Camphouse

Music Performed by The WWHS Wind Ensemble

 

Midnight Masquerade

Performed by Modern Dance I

Music by Midnight on Main Street by Balmages

Music Performed by The WWHS Wind Ensemble

 

On the Rooftop

Performed by Modern Dance II/III

Music by Richard and Robert Sherman

 

Walt Whitman Dancers:

Studio in Dance: Filomena Abbatiello, Ariane Apostle, Mavia Ashraf, Arielle Bagley, Jessica Barahona, Marissa Barletta, Kiara Brown, Gabriella Corvera, Caitlin Dermody, Vincent Feola, Michelle Fisher, Lesley Garay, Nykwon Harrison, Cara Mangels, Jessica Menditto, Jennifer Orellana, Tori Pomeroy, Alexander Plaisir, Inpreet Rattu, Brittany Roche, Carla Tejada, Ingri Uceda, Angie Umanzor , Clarissa Villatoro Contreras, and Sohrab Wahab.

Modern Dance I: Cintia Amaya, Manzar Cheema, Catherine Costantine, Trevor Ewald, Shadae Graham, Brianna Hausman, Krystal Lloyd, Morgan McNulty, Hapi Morancie, Diliana Moreira, Adrianna Padinha, Saleena Pawa, Shaylyn Pineda, Amaya Taylor, Deja Tejada, and Carla Turcios.

Modern Dance II/III: Jessica Barahona, Sonia Bartolomeo, Gary Cisneros Campos, Franklin Clase, Taylor Greco, Sarah Haller, Marielle Hammond,  Karizma Ingram, Marina Kilkenny, Jenna Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Corina Lambraia, Kelsey McDonald,  Delaney Mena, Elizabeth Mercurio, Rebecca Nardelli, Sabrina Odette, Melanie Olinsky,  Sabrina Philippe, Pam Pulvirenti, Will Roman, Victoria Rosa, Luke Smith, and Caroline Tomaselli. Guest appearance: Nykwon Harrison.

Ms. Tinucci's art students studied the relationship between masks and different cultures. Student’s researched mask-making from various cultures, drew sketches of the masks, made connections between the masks and the cultural practices of the people who created them and the various beliefs of how and why a mask may be worn.  Students then created a personal mask to reflect their culture and themselves. The following students created original masks for the modern dance piece Masquerade: Thomas Blackall, Rebecca De Witt, Thomas DiLorenzo, Jiaxing Du Audreiana Lesty, Viviana Oliva, Jenna Scheiner, Elisabeth Auguste, April Carmine, Danielle D Amico, Genesis Hernandez, Christopher Marion, Matthew Mc Gowan, Brittany  Roche, Claudia Roderiguez, Taylor Stewart, Justin Wallace, and Jack Wrobel.

Jazz Band Allan Deitz, Director

Matt Cusumano, Mike DiMaulo, David Grey, Max Eidinoff, Derek Lap,* Emily Ferrante, Isaac Renderos, Will Flood, Dana Roach, Jefferson Hector, Jordan Roiland, Jack Schatten, Brittany White, Josh Devaraj, Nick Miata, Joonho Ko, Alijan Ozkiral, Alec Gonzalez, Colin Sherland, James Reilly, and Jack Zuckerberg.  *SCMEA All County Instrumental Jazz Ensemble

Walt Whitman High School Wind Ensemble  Allan Deitz, Conductor

Lila Amin, Keya Bartolomeo, Alexa Arthur, Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Ariel Khatchatourian, Natalie Hayes, Christina McFelia, Jillian Leydon*, Linda Powell, Shayna Pehel, Samantha Ruotolo, Jessica Persaud, Umaimah Saleemi, Antionette Riehl, Paige Tortorice, Paige Gladstone, Ellen Tricomi, Gabrielle Vital, Lindsay Varolian, Kate Manson, David Grey, Katelyn Neuman, Melissa Shaiman*, Melanie Schwartz,Josh Devaraj, Jonathan Sparling, Alec Gonzalez, Nicole Grennan, Casey Leonick, Matt Cusumano, Isaac Renderos, James Reilly, Derek Lap, Omar Ramos, Austin Salas, Dana Roach, Margaret Nostrand, Zach Bruno, Margaret Nostrand, Steven Ciravolo, Katie Clark, Mary Rose Stone, Michael DiMaulo, Lauren Connolly, Emily Ferrante, Mara Keen, Will Flood, Megan Lo, Joonho Ko, Jefferson Hector, and Arianna Monterroso. Josh Kaplan, Jack Zuckerberg, Jack Schatten, David Hamilton III Colin Sherland, George Marr, Brittany White, Nicole Grennan, and Derek Ramos.  * SCMEA All-County Division III

Of Special Interest: 

Summer Arts

The 2014 Summer Music and Arts Program will be held at Walt Whitman High School June 30 – July 25, 2014.  Registration and information can be found at:  www.summermusicandarts.com

The Long Island Musical Theatre Institute, will present Merrily We Roll along with a full professional orchestra in the Whitman Performing Arts Centre on Friday July 31 at 8pm And Saturday August 1 at 3pm.  Program information can be found on www.limtf.org.