Posted: Mar 18, 2018 12:00 a.m.
Earth may be just a point in the vast Milky Way galaxy we call our galactic home, but the young dancers of the Newtown Center of Classical Ballet & Voice delivered a planetary performance as bright as the stars in the night sky. when they visited Middle Gate Elementary School on Monday, March 5.
Twenty-two dancers, ages 10 to 18, showcased their choreography and knowledge of the planets of our solar system with eight specially designed dances.
Tory Gozzi, director of the Newtown Center of Classical Ballet & Voice, said her students always look forward to performing in front of their young peers and that “this year has been special as the students have led the way with all the research and choreography about the costumes, the science/music – I was very impressed with what they put together.”
Ms Gozzi moderated the event and spoke to Middle Gate students in the audience about how the planets are named after different gods in Roman mythology.
She asked the students if they knew the sequence of the planets from the sun, to which the participants raised their hands and listed the order perfectly: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
The first dance of the event signified the god Mercury, who is known to carry messages. Dancer Taegan Smith portrayed Mercury, using rapid movements to symbolize the speed of a traveling message.
The next planet orbiting the sun is Venus, which Ms Gozzi says is the Roman god of love, beauty, grace and peace. To showcase these qualities, soft music played as Julia Finegan, who represented Venus, danced.
Passing the Earth, the dance of Mars was next and was performed by Annie Fowler. Since Mars is known as the god of war, the dance depicts the destruction of a city, which was later rebuilt.
When Ms Gozzi asked students at Middle Gate what they knew about Jupiter, known as the king of the gods in Roman mythology, a young audience member said the planet had the Great Red Spot. The region of the planet is considered red due to its powerful thunders and thunderstorms, so dancer Arline Almeter has incorporated fast and energetic turns into the routine.
Slow music played for Saturn’s performance to adhere to the god of time. Fallyn Kirlin represented Saturn and the 12 young dancers who accompanied him acted like the 12 digits of a ticking clock.
The next dance was for the light blue planet Uranus, represented by Chelsea Fowler. Ms. Gozzi explained that non-traditional movements were used in the choreography to represent the eccentricity of the planet.
Dancer Kylee Raiano represented the final planet of the show, Neptune. Since Neptune is known as the god of the sea in Roman mythology, Kylee’s outfit contained shades of blue and green.
For the final routine, all the dancers representing the planets danced together creating a celestial phenomenon.
The Newtown Center of Classical Ballet & Voice also visited Hawley Elementary School earlier in the day to perform the show and had a special performance at Edmond Town Hall the following day.
Pictured left are Newtown Center of Classical Ballet & Voice dancers Fallyn Kirlin, Saturn, Arline Almeter, Jupiter, Taegan Smith, Mercury, Kylee Raiano, Neptune, Julia Finegan, Venus, Annie Fowler, Mars and Chelsea Fowler, Uranus during the finale. of the Middle Gate Primary School show. (Picture of bee, money)
At the Newtown Center of Classical Ballet & Voice’s planetary show at Middle Gate Elementary School, Newtown High School senior Arline Almeter represented Jupiter. (Picture of bee, money)
Newtown High School freshman Taegan Smith portrayed the planet Mercury, known as the message carrier in Roman mythology, during the Newtown Center of Classical Ballet & Voice’s performance at Middle Gate Elementary School on March 5 . (Bee Photo, Silver)