Suffield’s Annual Winter Dance Show
The annual winter dance show took place on February 22 and 23 in the Jeanice H. Seaverns Performing Arts Center. This year's show was titled “Raise the Barre” and featured 19 members of Suffield’s 2018 Dance Company: seniors Isabella Attianese, Caleigh Horrigan, Juhi Rayonia, and Mia White, juniors Becca Matalon and Sohi Shah, sophomores Akira Alleyne, Tommaso Calderan, Rikke Gundersen, Sabrina Louro, Laurel Vardakas, and Caroline Walsh, and freshmen Regine DeCossard, Naila Gomez, Brigid Lawry, Reagan Russell, Max Santopietro, Kaitlin Sun, and Megan Swanson.
“Raise the Barre” was directed by Gis-Xi Nahmens and honored performing arts icons whose talents continue to raise the bar(re) for generations to come. Highlighting the show was the crowd favorite performance of “Lose Control” by Missy Elliot, choreographed by four-year senior Juhi Rayonia and executed by the Suffield Academy Dance Company. Additionally, alumna dancer Cari Cyr ’17 returned to choreograph a rendition of “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from the musical hit “Annie” featuring 17 inspired faculty children.
Nahmens commented, “Suffield Academy’s Dance Company is a home for current and alumni dancers. We welcome anyone who wants to come back and support the Company. Music is a language that everyone understands and dancing is a way of expressing ourselves that knows no age. Therefore, I think it is important to include the youngest members of our community in a show that celebrates the talents of our entire community as a whole.”