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BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Interview with Dance Co-Presidents Lauren Smith (12) and Juli Moreira (11)

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Dance Co-Presidents Lauren Smith (12) and Juli Moreira (11) organized this year’s student choreographed show, “Emotion in Motion.” Abigail Goldberg (11) and Amiya Mehrota (10) sat down with Smith and Moreira to discuss the show..
The Record: What responsibilities did you have as co-President?
Juli Moreira: We were in charge of making sure that everyone had a dance to be in. We also had to make sure that everyone was staying on top of their choreography, but the dancers this year have really come into their own and they have been doing a really good job staying on top of their choreography.
TR: How do you decide who choreographs the pieces?
Lauren Smith: I think what makes the student choreographed dance concert unique is that anybody who volunteers to choreograph can choreograph, so anybody with any level of skill and experience in and outside the school has an opportunity.
TR: How do you decide who danced in which piece?
LS: We had an audition combo in which we had more of a lyrical jazz style and more of a hip hop style. We observed everyone in the audition and knowing everything that we know from past experience and past years, we are able to see what specialties certain people have in certain areas and then cast accordingly.
TR: How did you decide on the theme?
JM: Well we went through a bunch of ideas. At first we were going to have the theme be fairytales, but we decided that we wanted to go with a broader theme and something that most people would be able to come up with different ideas for. We thought that it would be cool if each dance was a specific emotion, we kind of thought it would be similar to the movie Inside Out, with all the little characters being different emotions, so based off that we thought that each individual dance could be a different emotion. And then we came up with the name, but I have to give credit to my co-President Lauren, who came up with the name, Emotion in Motion.
TR: Which dance was the hardest to execute?
LS: I would say one of the difficulties I know one of our choreographers Allison DeRose faced was that she choreographed multiple pieces and a lot of her dancers could only meet at certain times, so she had two pairs of groups and so they only had one or two opportunities to meet together as a group, which is difficult.
TR: What emotion do your dances represent?
JM: In my group dance I am embodying paranoia. I got the idea from a song that I really liked which is Disturbia. It is kind of an old song so I wanted to bring it back. I decided to go with paranoia just because it was an emotion that wasn’t one of the super obvious emotions to do, like happy or sad.
TR: What’s your favorite dance?
LS: Selfishly, I’m going to say my own. I really love my piece because I think that the purpose of Emotion in Motion (the theme for this year) is that we want all of our dancers to have a purpose when telling a story. Instead of just doing the movements with a deadpan face, we want to be able to express something through physical movement.
I think as a company, we have a wide range of different feelings and emotions, but we have this central theme of wanting to share this common thread of telling stories through emotions. I think that that’s something really special and so I think that through my own dances, it’s really unique to see the story that I want to tell with an emotion. For example, I have a solo and since it’s my senior year, my motion is nostalgia. I kind of incorporated different elements of nostalgia that no one else will know, but for me there are so many undertones that mean a lot to me.

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