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Diverse Performances Highlight WAB High School Dance Concert

June, 2015
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wab-hs-dance-1Crowds filled Western Academy of Beijing’s Blu Theater on 12 April for the annual Dance Concert, which spotlighted creative, innovative, technical, emotional and diverse performances by a total of 60 WAB dancers.

Middle Years Program (MYP) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) dancers put on a prolific concert featuring their curricular dance work, which was capped off by works from various guest artists.

The diversity of the showcased work ranged from a ballet dance set by Middle School students in an after-school activity directed by Grade 11 student Emily Hong, as well as cultural dances, including a traditional Hawaiian hula dedicated to the volcano goddess Pele performed by Grade 10 students, a welcome dance of Bali choreographed by guest Balinese artist Henny Wiratha, and Maori-inspired dances choreographed by the Grade 10 students.

Grade 9 students performed a modern dance that was based on exploration of the skeletal system and how movement can be initiated from different bones in the body. They also researched the elements of fire and water and performed dances incorporating colored fabric and lights to convey their tones and qualities.

First year IB dancers were on the stage to perform several numbers, including duets reflecting various types of love relationships. These duets demonstrated their partnering skills and innovative movement ideas. Second year IB theater students contributed by creating and acting in scenes inspired by the dancers duet work and stories from Greek mythology.

Grade 12 students Rhiannon Sim and Jaan Budzianowski choreographed dances for their IB Dance examinations, and the first year IB students brought them to life on stage. They also performed the challenging, highly emotional and technical dance Ocean Voyage, choreographed by Kelly Wadlegger, in memory of the tenth anniversary of the Indonesian tsunami.

The IB dancers also performed in Wadlegger’s rendition of the Montague and Capulet conflict from Romeo and Juliet, which followed a dramatic monologue by senior actor Antonin Sebban.

IB Dancer Sabrina Krebs closed the show with a traditional Korean dance Salpuri in a white Hanbok dress, dedicated to WAB senior IB art student Hae Lin.

Before the final curtain call of 60 performers, the IB students surprised Wadlegger with a special goodbye dance and video montage that they secretly worked on for months. She is very proud of her students and happy for their many successes and growth as young dance artists over the past three years. She will miss them all very much.


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