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Valley Center High dancers present annual performance

May 07, 2014
The Valley Center High School dance program announced the theme will be "Passion" for their annual dance performance with four shows for this year's benefit.

"Passion" is an accumulation of the VCHS dance classes: beginning, intermediate, advanced and choreography & production with 25 dances performed by 130 ninth through twelfth graders. The performances will highlight a variety of styles like tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. There are 11 senior pieces and a variety of song genres.

Performances are in the Maxine Theater at 6:30 p.m. May 29 through May 31 with an additional 1:30 p.m. matinee on May 31. The Maxine Lobby opens one hour before show time. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available for $13 online at or at the door.

The students are finalizing their costumes now and creating their special lighting and sound with the new equipment in the Maxine.

"We are excited to be working with the new lighting equipment in the Maxine this year," said Carli Morasco, VCHS Dance Director. "The students have been working hard all year to bring this show together. Please come and support these talented dancers."

The Maxine Theater upgraded its lighting this year, giving more options and flexibility to the performances. The LED lights provide a wider, more vibrant range of color choices, without the need to change gel filters. The environmental projection that is also offered, gives the opportunity to express the emotion of the dance through images, words, or videos that are projected onto the front wall of the stage.

"This technology, just now coming to the theatrical setting, gives the director and dancers an essentially limitless color palette that can be utilized seamlessly throughout the dances, as opposed to the past years where colors were changed in between each piece," said Justin Fry, Maxine's Lead Technician. "You will not be able to find this technology in any San Diego theater that is comparable to the Maxine."

This annual dance performance is an opportunity for the students to show their friends, family, and community the dance talents they have perfected during the school year. Each class performs a class piece. In addition, the choreography and production senior students each create a piece for the other students to audition and perform in. Outside pieces are added for those who are so motivated. The result is the opportunity to see a local live performance of a variety of dances at a great venue right in Valley Center.

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