Dance Highlights Spring Concert

In ‘Dreamscape,’ our dancers explore several common themes, and like most dreams, find deeper meaning.
In ‘Dreamscape,’ our dancers explore several common themes, and like most dreams, find deeper meaning.
One our student’s favorite novels, ‘The Great Gatsby,’ is explored through contrasting images of society in the summer of 1922.
One our student’s favorite novels, ‘The Great Gatsby,’ is explored through contrasting images of society in the summer of 1922.
A Long Island Scholar Artist for Dance, Caroline Tomaselli performs ‘Torn,’ about the many struggles and decisions seniors need to make in their final year of high school.
A Long Island Scholar Artist for Dance, Caroline Tomaselli performs ‘Torn,’ about the many struggles and decisions seniors need to make in their final year of high school.
Ms. Turners ‘Studio in Dance’ class performing ‘Alleluia.’
Ms. Turners ‘Studio in Dance’ class performing ‘Alleluia.’
Solitude, simplicity, and man as a part of nature are explored in the piece ‘Whistlewood,’ inspired by the ‘Walden Revisited’ exhibit at Heckscher Museum.
Solitude, simplicity, and man as a part of nature are explored in the piece ‘Whistlewood,’ inspired by the ‘Walden Revisited’ exhibit at Heckscher Museum.
‘Batter Up’ is an upbeat, fun piece, that once again highlights the talent of our ‘Studio in Dance’ students.
‘Batter Up’ is an upbeat, fun piece, that once again highlights the talent of our ‘Studio in Dance’ students.
Winning a place performing in a ‘Tilles Center’ competition, our dancers portray issues facing teens and that there are many that suffer in secret alongside you and many that will reach out a hand to help you.
Winning a place performing in a ‘Tilles Center’ competition, our dancers portray issues facing teens and that there are many that suffer in secret alongside you and many that will reach out a hand to help you.
The Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band.
The Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band.
The Walt Whitman High School Orchestra.
The Walt Whitman High School Orchestra.

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.  “It is always the mission of the Whitman Dance Program to share with our audience the power of dance to communicate profound ideas and to tell stories through movement, as well as entertain,” said Ms. Radin. “This year's program is a perfect example of the versatility and expressiveness of the art of dance and my amazing dancers.” The evening also showcased the Jazz Band and Orchestra; directed by Matthew Hoffman and Frank Yolango respectively, and, back by popular demand, select members of the Voices of Walt Whitman choral group.

After an opening choral selection, the Jazz Band got things off to a great start performing selections from their 2016-2017 repertoire including: Mack the Knife, I’ll Be Seeing you, Ginger Bread Boy, Georgia On My Mind, Pick Up the Pieces, and Smooth.

Just prior to the beginning of seven dance performances, two of which featured the Orchestra, Ms. Radin introduced several 2017 Dance Awards. Congratulations to three students who will be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in New York State on May 30. Inductees: Delaney Mena, Sarah Haller, and Kelsey McDonald. In other awards congratulations to:

Art Development Fund Award for Dance:  Caroline Tomaselli- Dancer is recognized for excellence in dance performance and is majoring or minoring in dance in college.

WWHS Art Recognition Award in Dance: Taylor Greco- Dancer demonstrates talent, creativity, outstanding effort, and enthusiasm for dance.

LI Scholar Artist Award of Merit for Dance: Caroline Tomaselli- Awarded by the Long Island Arts Alliance and Newsday to a dancer that excels in their art form and maintains an un-weighted GPA over 90 for all four years.

Photo Gallery

Whitman Dance Program- Susan Turner Radin, Director/Choreographer

Studio in Dance: Rodrigo Abrego, Beyonce Argenzio, Aryanna Argenzio, Lockeshia Bennett, Ackelia Bondfield, Christine Campbell, Miles Lewis, Karell Person, Abigail Quintanilla, Jayda Rosene, Sage Thomas, Ingri Uceda, Susan Wahab

Modern Dance I: Arielle Bagley, Kiara Brown, April Carmine, Marco Chiriboga, Herson Cisneros, Carly Dammer, Thalia Forney, Patrick Alexander Jones Brown, Summer Levinsky, Andrea Vasquez, Yasmini Saravia, Carolina Villegas, Jamie Montague, Tyler Phelan, Giavanna Lattanzi, Karla Ventura, Kiara Brown, Keara Shea, Siana Rizo, Briana Raymond, Nicole Sorensen, Aaliyah Kahn, Danielle Profaci, April Carmine

Modern Dance II/III: Andrea Adames, Elmer Aleman, Mavia Ashraf, Franklin Clase, Trevor Gundersen, Taylor Greco, Sarah Haller, Marianna Kliampas, Cara Mangels, Kelsey Mc Donald, Delaney Mena, Chloe Morris, Colin O’Neill, Vishal Rattu, Ruthie Rise, and Caroline Tomaselli.


Walt Whitman High School Orchestra- Frank Yolango, Conductor

Jaycee Cardoso, Anastasia Alpy, Maxwell Fisher, Kentaro Matsushima, Emanuel Campo, Sarah Heath, Michael Pinelli, Mabel Bassi, Sarah Tabibzada Sarah Choudhary, Emma Dunn, Hailey Hamilton, Quinn Cortese, Eliot Yoon, Alexandra Wirth, Katherine Miata, Joshua Joseph, Matthew Bromschwig, Justin Ullman, Siam Ahmed, Kayla Andrews, Sydney McCrea, Brooke Pagano, David Calliendo, Noelle Bryggman, Cosette Brazeau, Timothy Jobson, Johnique Aiken, Jillian Jobson, Ilana Desmond, Kathleen Dugan, Emily Dickson, Andrew Borges, and Zachary Lucana.

 

Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band- Matt Hoffman, Director

Jazz Ensemble Personnel: Matt Cusumano, Megan Neuman, Lauren Gotard, Isaac Renderos, Tyler Malone, Jason Devaraj, Josh Devoraj, Casey Leonick, Tyler Meyer, James Reilly, Matthew Kaputa, Emily Ferrante, Max Eidinoff, Leila Perry, Julianna Licona, Parker Keller, Kevin Zuckerberg, Perez Palaez, Lily Soares, Greg DeRosa, Logan Slansky, Corinne DeRosa, and Kade Clark.