The Body Electric Lights Up The Night

Nick Cirillo reads an original ‘love’ poem, and the audience loved it.
Nick Cirillo reads an original ‘love’ poem, and the audience loved it.
No-doubt, some day we will be buying Anthony Morace’s albums.
No-doubt, some day we will be buying Anthony Morace’s albums.
Musician Miles Lewis moved seamlessly between sets of percussion.
Musician Miles Lewis moved seamlessly between sets of percussion.
Our dance program is one of the best on Long Island and always inspiring to watch.
Our dance program is one of the best on Long Island and always inspiring to watch.
Whitman English and creative writing teacher Ms. Latko did a great job emceeing the evening that included a couple of her own original compositions.
Whitman English and creative writing teacher Ms. Latko did a great job emceeing the evening that included a couple of her own original compositions.

The Body Electric is an annual performance highlighting the incredible talent at Walt Whitman High School. Whether it’s poetry, music, art or dance, students and teachers took to the stage to the delight of a packed Performing Arts Center this past Tuesday, March 29th.

Congratulations to the following performers, in order of appearance:

Act I: Danielle Raynor (poetry); Taninna Oukacine (fiction); Doug Marr (poetry); Mark Theodore Meneses (spoken word); Alexander Siegel (music); Jessica Bansbach (poetry); Sonia Bartolomeo (poetry); Pam Pulvirenti (poetry); Latino Dance Club (dance); Inpreet Rattu & Miles Lewis (spoken word); Nick Cirillo (poetry); Erin Macleod & Alyssa Christiansen (music); Eve Metzger (poetry); Mariela Suarez (poetry); Colleen Grady (spoken word); Natalie Migliore (poetry); Marina Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Jenna Kilkenny, Amanda Moletz, Katie Cox, Arianna Carlson, Ruthie Rise, Corina Lambraia & Delaney Mena (dance).

Act II:  Julianna Pasquerello (poetry); Val Abbene (poetry); Umaimah Saleemi (poetry); Inpreet Rattu (spoken word); Miles Lewis (music); Melissa Shaiman (poetry); Zac Daugherty (poetry); Rose Pedretti (poetry); Keya Bartolomeo (poetry); Joonho Ko (poetry); Anthony Morace (music); Shayna Greene (poetry) James Reilly (poetry); Taylor Fox (spoken word); Tyler Zeoli (poetry); Kimberly Latko (poetry); David Grey, Dan Alivio & Isaac Renderos (music).

Thanks again to our student art gallery showcasing works from Valerie Abbene, Nikolette Bellocchio, Sabrina Greenberg and Eve Metzger.

Special thanks to Tyler Zeoli for posting all of the poetry and prose on the Xanadu site. Please visit Whitman’s online literary magazine at www.xanadulitmag.com now, later and often to enjoy our rich and vibrant student writing, art and music.

Thanks also to Hans Bas and The Lamplighters for their time and skill; to our administration and custodial staff for their support; to dance teacher Mrs. Radin, the Xanadu staff and advisor Joseph Pipolo for providing innovative media for the sharing of art, music and literature.  And to our many teachers and staff who cultivate and nurture our student artists. Excellent job Ms. Latko for emceeing the evening.

Please join in congratulating all of the talented students and directors who performed in this week's Body Electric celebration. This unique combination of music, performance, fine arts, and literature demonstrated the very finest creativity that our South Huntington schools have to offer. We are remarkably proud of our participants, and thank them for making our community such a special place.

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