Dancing is hard work. Putting on a show is hard work. It requires a lot of patience and focus. Humans between the ages of 7 and 11, as everyone knows, excel at these attributes
. Of course most of us acquire these through practice, and we got a lot of practice this week. We asked a lot of the campers.
The hip hop piece brings out great qualities in everyone. Some people take to it very naturally (Angelo, Lance, Grady, Sean), and in others it brings out unexpected fierceness (Lili, Madeleine, Elena, Lily). Adam worked them hard on Wednesday and today they look so good, we think we’re going to do that piece twice in the show.
Oliver continues to shine through in each style of dance he tries.
Jemma and Maya started so strong, I was afraid they might plateau. I worried needlessly. Their skills just keep improving. I talk about them together because they display the same work ethic and the same quiet leadership.
Watching Jonah progress over the two weeks has been really fun. He’s consistently himself, always displays his creativity and really digs into a challenge. We’re pretty impressed with Jonah this year.
I want to give an extra shout out to Lily and Lili. They are so fun to watch.
Elena and Madeleine continue to surprise us with their range. They defy expectations.
Lance and Sean have a rough and tumble quality to them, so in contrast, it’s always great to hear their imaginations come out and see how they perform in the original compositions. And in Beat It, they once again make the King of Pop look like and amateur.
You won’t be able to take your eyes of Grady and Angelo in the hip hop piece. Really. They also came up with some great character renderings. We’ll see how the drawing translates to the actual faces.
Melodie shows up beautifully in every piece, but I might love her best in the musical theater section. She really shines.