The Penfield High School dance team will hold the 13th annual Dance Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Penfield High School Auditorium stage, 25 High School Drive.
The annual Dance Showcase is a fundraiser for the team, enabling the team to compete in the National High School Dance Team Competition at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida. Several local dance studios and cultural dance groups will perform on stage.
In December, the team submitted a video of “Alive,” a dance they choreographed themselves, to the National Dance Association and earned a bid to compete in March. This is the fourth year in a row the team has won a bid to compete at the national level.
The 2017-18 PHS dance team is led by co-captains Nicole Mula and Sierra Ramsey; PDT alumna Maura Quinn and PHS faculty adviser Sharon Golding. This year’s team has over 150 years of combined studio training. The team will perform two dances at nationals, choreographed by Carissa Bishop, SUNY Brockport dance team captain and dance major.
The dance team shows their school pride through the dances they perform at varsity games, homecoming, senior night and the National High School Dance Team competition. For these Penfield High School students, being a member of the dance team is a nine month-a-year commitment, July through March. The dancers volunteer at Penfield Recreation’s Jazzy Dance Camp to work with local children in grades K-6, to improve dance skills.
The team also meets each August to choreograph the dances they perform at halftime for Penfield varsity football home games, senior night and homecoming. They also choreograph dances for the varsity boys’ basketball home games and senior night. Additionally, they hold two to three dance clinics during the winter months and school holidays for elementary-aged children.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door. There will be snacks available to purchase during the brief intermission. Proceeds go toward the PHS dance team’s 2018 National High School Dance Team competition.