EAST BRUNSWICK — Forty-one dancers enrolled in the School of the Arts on the East Brunswick campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools performed three public concerts and a special show for a developmentally disabled audience in December. Other students were involved in stage management, lighting, costumes and sound engineering.
Led by dance instructor Cleo Mack, the dancers offered two 30-minute works in the auditorium at East Brunswick Vo-Tech. The dances were choreographed by Mack and her students. The performances also included music, student films and a narrative that included poetry by students.
“We did a retelling of the romantic ballet ‘Gisele,’ and we also did a piece called ‘Meditation on a Storm,” Mack said.
The set design included a “floating wall” composed of storm debris from Hurricane Sandy that was constructed by the dancers.
One performance was attended by developmentally disabled children and adults from the Township of East Brunswick’s Camp Daisy program. After the show, students hosted a dance party for the campers.
“The dancers did an exceptional job,” Mack said. “The whole operation was completely students.
“We had really full houses,” she added.
Seniors dancers included Nigera Brown of Woodbridge, Dana Jordan of East Brunswick, Lianna King of Edison, Hana Newfeld of Colonia, Elias Rosa of Piscataway, Arlee Roser of Sayreville, Kelly Silva of Old Bridge and Rachel Stanislawczyk of East Brunswick.
The dance program next will perform a show of student choreography in February. There also will be a spring show featuring works by guest artists.
The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the oldest vocational school in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge.
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