“Impulse”: Powerful and unique

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Hillcrest High’s Dance Company performed their Impulse concert April 20-22. It contained 19 separate and unique dances, with many choreographed by students in Dance Company. The dances ranged across a number of genres and styles of dance, each with its own costume design, lighting arrangement, and even set pieces or props were used to enhance the different dances.

All of the dances were wonderful, but there were definitely ones that stood out, and those are the ones I’d like to highlight here.

Samba Roots

The first dance of the program, Samba Roots was choreographed by Lorin Hansen, was an extremely energetic way to begin the program. Brilliant, sharp choreography and simple costumes consisting of white jumpsuits and colored scarves, coded to the colors of fire, wind, water, and earth, worked well to bring up the imagery of the four elements interacting with each other.

This dance was unique in that the music was provided by Mason Aeschbacher and the Samba Fogo drummers, making this the only dance that did not use pre-recorded music. This definitely added to the powerful tone of the dance as the audience was able to feel the drum beats reverberate while they watched the dancers perform. Samba Roots started off the night by showing off the dancers collective skill while also promising that the rest of the program would be just as incredible.

Fire Escape

Was the fourth dance of the program and was choreographed by Dance Company’s McKenlie Howell, who also performed in the song alongside Cody Hatch, Kara Komarnitsky, Koelan Patrick, and Cameron Welch.

The dance featured a complete set, and the costumes as well as the warm lighting brought forth imagery of a summer day at the beach. This dance featured five different songs, with the song changing every time one of the dancers pressed a button on a boombox prop. The choreography was incredible, transitioning smoothly between songs while continuing the fun, relaxed tone.

Having the set allowed for dynamic placement of the dancers. Rather than just staying on the floor the entire time dancers were moving up and down stairs and other set pieces, keeping the audience engaged while also adding a level of difficulty for the dancers that was very impressive.

Novelty

There was also a solo done by the incredibly talented Aubry Hixon. She showed off her collective dancing skills in this dance that she choreographed herself. Hixon also choreographed several of the other dances in the program including Impulse, the title dance of the performance. Her solo was emotional and poignant, drawing in the viewer and encapsulating her core message of accepting one’s self.

The entire program really was wonderful, with only one slight technical hiccup at the very beginning, when it was first switched from the live music to pre-recorded sound, and the music cut out for just a moment. Other than that I would say that there didn’t seem to be much of a cohesive theme to the program, and while, after seeing the show, I don’t think there was meant to be one, the striking posters set up around Hillcrest High featuring dancers clad in bright red dresses and the title “Impulse” in a bold red font did, lead me to believe there would be some theme to the night.

The program also jumped between tones in a way that was very emotionally jarring, going from bright colors and a fun mood to a dark portrayal of the battle against self doubt or mental illness and then back again was fairly tiring to keep up with by the time the intermission rolled around.

However, as for the talent of the actual dancers or stage crew I have no complaints. Everyone performed their best, and it was obvious that by the last dance everyone was pretty exhausted, but they fought through it admirably making this a truly spectacular experience.

 

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