Dance, like all of the arts, can entertain, tell stories, express emotions, encourage reflection and offer different perspectives. Dance can also reflect aspects of society and raise awareness about important social issues. This year's Dance Showcase featured a repertoire of 23 dances of various genres. There were three particularly poignant pieces: Elephants, Growing Up in a Girl's Perspective and This Bitter Earth, choreographed by Sierra Gibb ’20 and Madison Sheward ’18, which explored the issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment.
As the dancers went through the process of coming up with a name for their Dance Showcase, they chose the name Time's Up. In choosing this title, the dancers conveyed their support for the current movement in society and highlighted the above-mentioned dances. They chose the YWCA Crossroads women's shelter as the charity they wanted to support with donations gathered at the door.
In the weeks leading up to the show, the "Time's Up" theme gathered interest and momentum. Dance captains Anna Natsu ’18 and Tsubasa Yamawaki ’18, engaged by the theme and eager to use the techniques they learned in art class, spent many hours silk screening "Time's Up" t-shirts for the dancers and technical crew to wear as costumes for the finale.
More momentum was generated by the "Grove Girls Group". Recognizing the need to educate the school community, they made an announcement in Chapel and created information slides for the school's digital signboards, explaining the meaning behind the movement. As a way of showing solidarity, they asked the audience to wear black to the showcase, reflecting the similar gesture made in Hollywood at the Golden Globes. They also printed "Time's Up" stickers and distributed them in the lobby each night before the show. Grade 12 student, Betsy Macdonnell, shared an articulate and passionate perspective about the importance of the “Time's Up” movement, particularly for young people.
It was inspiring to watch our students turn their passion and compassion into action and, in so doing, raised awareness and sparked important conversations about a critical issue.