Highlights from the 15th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Look Mom No Hands- This is the first piece we choreographed this year. It was inspired by the fact that I did not have use of my right arm due to surgery. Although being armless was very challenging for me in my daily life, we had tons of fun exploring what we could do without the use of our arms in the dance studio. - Susan Turner Radin
Look Mom No Hands- This is the first piece we choreographed this year. It was inspired by the fact that I did not have use of my right arm due to surgery. Although being armless was very challenging for me in my daily life, we had tons of fun exploring what we could do without the use of our arms in the dance studio. - Susan Turner Radin
DIS CONNECT ED- This dance explores the irony of the cell phone. This technology connects us to people around the globe, yet creates a tremendous disconnect interpersonally. The obsession with social media and the ability to “communicate” digitally has disrupted the true connectivity between individuals. We have become voyeurs on others lives rather than a part of each others lives.
DIS CONNECT ED- This dance explores the irony of the cell phone. This technology connects us to people around the globe, yet creates a tremendous disconnect interpersonally. The obsession with social media and the ability to “communicate” digitally has disrupted the true connectivity between individuals. We have become voyeurs on others lives rather than a part of each others lives.
Earbuds- Choreographed by Turner, Ariana Brisport and Sarah Murdakayev. Performed by Studio in Dance, Music by DJ, Music arranged by Cindy Richards.
Earbuds- Choreographed by Turner, Ariana Brisport and Sarah Murdakayev. Performed by Studio in Dance, Music by DJ, Music arranged by Cindy Richards.
Trisagion- The dancers would like to dedicate this piece to Mr. Vin Altebrando. He is thrice blessed in family, friends, and profession. Vin did what he loved and shared that with the students of Whitman wholeheartedly. His memory will be treasured and his lessons and passion for life will live on in all who have been blessed by his presence in their lives.
Trisagion- The dancers would like to dedicate this piece to Mr. Vin Altebrando. He is thrice blessed in family, friends, and profession. Vin did what he loved and shared that with the students of Whitman wholeheartedly. His memory will be treasured and his lessons and passion for life will live on in all who have been blessed by his presence in their lives.
Lack of Color - Poem written by Julio Taku, Choreographed by Turner, Dancers, & Sarah Murdakayev, Performed by Julio Taku, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Narrated by Elvira Taku.
Lack of Color - Poem written by Julio Taku, Choreographed by Turner, Dancers, & Sarah Murdakayev, Performed by Julio Taku, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Narrated by Elvira Taku.
WE DINE TOGETHER- This piece is inspired by the movement #WeDineTogether which originated in a high school in Florida. Students formed a club with a mission to befriend and spend time with students that were always alone at lunchtime.
WE DINE TOGETHER- This piece is inspired by the movement #WeDineTogether which originated in a high school in Florida. Students formed a club with a mission to befriend and spend time with students that were always alone at lunchtime.
 TURNING TABLES- Choreographed by Turner, Performed by Delaney Mena and Elmer Aleman, Music by Adele.
TURNING TABLES- Choreographed by Turner, Performed by Delaney Mena and Elmer Aleman, Music by Adele.
Thank You- The Whitman Dancers thank the men and women that serve the United States of America in the Armed Forces. This piece is dedicated to Mr. Carlo Giordano, who has dedicated his life to his family, his country, and this school district. We have greatly appreciated his care of our school and especially The Performing Arts Center, our home away from home.
Thank You- The Whitman Dancers thank the men and women that serve the United States of America in the Armed Forces. This piece is dedicated to Mr. Carlo Giordano, who has dedicated his life to his family, his country, and this school district. We have greatly appreciated his care of our school and especially The Performing Arts Center, our home away from home.
A big thanks goes out to Mr. Matthew Hoffman and the Whitman musicians for their participation and brilliance.
A big thanks goes out to Mr. Matthew Hoffman and the Whitman musicians for their participation and brilliance.

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 have had the privilege of working at Walt Whitman High School as a Dance Educator for fifteen years and it has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have worked with countless students, teachers, staff, and administrators and have been inspired by them all,” said Ms. Turner. 

“Tonight we honor Mr. Carlo Giordano for his service to South Huntington and to his country. The word ‘custodian’ means “protective” “safeguard” “shelter” “supervisory”. Carlo’s work at Whitman, for his country and for his family represents all of those definitions. Carlo’s contribution to our lives has been irreplaceable and we thank him with all of our hearts and wish him the very best in his future retirement. Thank you Carlo.”  - Much Love Turner and The Dancers.

“Creating a dance piece and a concert is a grassroots operation. It starts in the deepest recesses of our lives and expands to include everything that interests us such as current events, social trends, curriculum, and personal experiences,” said Ms. Turner.  “A dance evolves physically, intellectually and artistically over time and with the input of everyone involved. Dancing with you all continues to be one of my greatest honors and I thank you for sharing your Fabulous with me for fifteen years in the Whitman Dance Program.”

Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band, directed by Matt Hoffman, got things off to a great start performing 4 numbers from their 2017-2018 repertoire. Mr. Hoffman then went on the direct the Wind Ensemble as the accompaniment to the dance performances. Whitman’s Dance director, Ms. Susan Turner Radin would like to congratulate two dancers who earned the following Dance Awards:

Art Development Fund Award for Dance: Delaney Mena

WWHS Art Recognition Award in Dance: Kiara Brown

LI Scholar Artist Award for Dance– Delaney Mena

Otto Kahn Award for Performing Arts – Delaney Mena

Photo Gallery per Dance

Photo Gallery - Look Mom No Hands

Photo Gallery - DIS CONNECT ED

Photo Gallery - Earbuds

Photo Gallery - Trisagion

Photo Gallery - Lack of Color

Photo Gallery - WE DINE TOGETHER

Photo Gallery - TURNING TABLES

Photo Gallery - Thank You

Photo Gallery - Musicians