by Hayley Younginer, Madison Metts, Robin Hendricks

The Dutch Fork dancers bring the 2013-2014 school year to a close as the spring concert heads into full swing.

The dancers are required by Mrs. Haynes to be at rehearsals from 4-6pm Monday through Thursday during the week of the concert.

“It’s hard having to adjust my regular schedule and put in the hours everyday after school,” junior Morgan Williams said.

The dancers learn the finale dance on Monday and every other day is a dress and technical rehearsal, as well as time to perfect the pieces in the concert.

“My favorite part of concert week is the dress rehearsal because everyone has in mind what they need to do to make the show fantastic and from then on it’s in the hands of Mrs. Haynes,” junior Sara Alston says.

The girls and boys who participate in dance love the aspect of concert week because it gives them an opportunity to be around others who enjoy dance just as much as they do.

“We always have a lot of laughs and I love the excitement that builds up throughout the week as we get closer to performing on Thursday and Friday night,” sophomore Baleigh Landreneau said.

The higher the level, the more dances a student can be in considering there are multiple graded choreography projects throughout the year that can be chosen to be in the concert.

“I am in 7 dances this season and it’s extremely hard to choose a favorite,” Sara said.

“The duet I’m doing with Amber Gilliard is also high up on my list because we choreographed it ourselves.”

Whether it’s Dazzlers or just the dance class, there’s something for everyone whether one has been dancing for 10 years or one has never taken a class.

“In dance 4 and 5 we have a lot of opportunity to choreograph and learn and work on technique versus in Dazzlers where it’s the responsibility of the dancer to maintain and improve technique,” Sara says.

All the students who participate in dance get to enhance their knowledge of choreography and staging during concert week.

“My favorite part about concert week is watching all the wonderful and diverse pieces before anyone else gets to see them,” Morgan said.

Although the class is exciting and fun, dancers struggle to get choreography projects completed when only given a short amount of time.

“We have a lot to get done and a limited amount of time, so we have to make sure we are working hard during rehearsals so that we look our best when we perform,” Baleigh said.

Dance has helped shape some into the person they have become, both on the stage and off.

“It has helped me evaluate my leadership skills as well as the leadership skills of those around me,” Sara said.

Even though many of the dancers at school take dance at a studio, the class has helped them grow and become a better all-around dancer.

“I have grown as a dancer because I have learned different genres than what I’ve learned in the past,” Baleigh says.  “School dance has helped me to go back and re-learn the skills that I might have had mistakes on and helped me correct those errors to make me a stronger dancer.”

Although some only think that girls can dance, boys are highly favored when it comes down to it since they are limited.

“Not only should girls dance, but the course is also available for boys and many people find a passion for it after taking a class or two,” Baleigh said.

Many people say that dance isn’t a sport, but it definitely takes athletic ability, strength, determination, and artistry to be a real dancer.

“I think people should join Dutch Fork dance to experience a challenge,” Sara said.  “Though challenging, with much dedication, anyone would be surprised how much they can learn in a semester or a year of dance at school.”