Friday, January 27, 2012

Dancers from SCPA headed to National High School Dance Festival

SCPA Dance Connections Dancers from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts will be performing under the direction of internationally-known choreographers and in front of an international audience in March at the prestigious National High School Dance Festival.

Scheduled for March 9-11 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, 25 dancers from SCPA have been selected to perform two dances:
  • Excerpts from the Disinherited will be choreographed by Tony Award winner and SCPA friend Donald McKayle. McKayle returns to SCPA this year to teach students his politically revealing dance, House of Tears, which will be performed April 19-28 at SCPA.

  • Echoes of Ailey, choreographed by Christopher Huggins, a former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Aterbaletto of Reggio Emilia in Italy.
SCPA dancers performed Excerpts and Echoes of Ailey during the school's 2011 annual dance concert.

The four-day festival will welcome 1,500 students in grades 9-12 from around the world representing their high school. The festival also offers a full day of scholarship auditions, as well as more than 200 master classes including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater and salsa.

For more information on SCPA, contact Mitzi Lizarraga, principal, at (619) 470-0555.