One Last Shot: the seniors of Orchesis say goodbye

March 29, 2016

Orchesis Senior dancers made their last debut on the Sandburg stage for their final performances February 18th, 19th, and 20th. The girls shimmied their way through Hollywood with their partners in a large variety of dance numbers from Singing in the Rain, Hercules, Saturday Night Fever, and Cirque de Soleil.

Their dances included jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, pointe, hip hop, and freestyle numbers from different movies and Hollywood productions. The choreographers for these dancers were Ms. Stillwagon along with a many of the dancers and Senior Officers. The 2016 Senior Orchesis Officers were Cecilia Trippedi, Kathy Carmody, Leah Warchol, and Emma Kahle.

Kathy Carmody also performed her own senior solo contemporary dance.

Senior Leah Warchol said, “My favorite dance was finale. As officers we tried to make the choreography something nobody has seen before and I believe we achieved that goal.”

Cecilia Trippedi, Senior Orchesis Officer, also enjoyed the finale the most out of all the other dances and routines Trippedi said, “My favorite number this year was the finale of the show that the officers choreographed for the full troupe to perform.”

The senior girls said goodbye to the Sandburg stage with their last performance and were left reminiscing in their favorite memories of their dance routines and time spent on stage and at practice.
Warchol added, “The most memorable memory from Orchesis was when Emma Kahle fell on stage. At the time it wasn’t funny but now it is a laughing matter.”

The nostalgic seniors look back on moments of triumph and disappointment on stage with a positive outlook because of all the wonderful memories the girls have made over the past year, and for some, over the past four years.

Cecilia Trippedi said, “My favorite memory from Orchesis has been all of the friendships that I’ve made through the troupe and as a senior finally being able to lead the girls as an officer with three of my best friends.”

Many of the girls have formed close relationships with each other and memories that will last a lifetime

Senior Emma Kahle said, “Throughout the last 4 years I would have to say my favorite memory by far is show week. Every year show week is the most stressful yet the most fun week of the year, and the food is amazing!”

The senior ladies enjoyed dancing their Officer number with the boys. All three agreed that is was an awesome experience and so different dancing with the boys.

Trippedi said, “My most memorable memory from Orchesis was being able to dance with the boys in the Officer number this year!”

The seniors have a lot of fun on stage and the majority of the girls have been dancing for years.
Kahle said, “I’ve been dancing since I was 4 and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Dance lets me be open and gives me an outlet. Orchesis has given me a reason to dance. I get to show my creativity by choreographing my own dances and I get to dance with some of my best friends, so it has been a big part of my high school experience.”

Each dancer has her own passion and reason for dancing. It’s not just a hobby, but a deeper connection with doing something that stimulates motivation.

Trippedi said, ”I dance because it’s a passion I’ve had since I was 3 years old. Dancing is a beautiful form of expression and art and being on Orchesis has allowed me to explore my passion alongside some of my best friends.”

Finally, Leah Warchol said, “Dancing lets me be free. When I dance I feel free, that I could do anything in the world; all stress leaves my head and I fully focus on the movements and the music.”

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