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‘Celebration’ showcases Bruin dance skills

Dance 2 students perform the opening dance at the “Celebration of Dance” show. Photo by Andrew Rolland

Dancers at Bear River made the audience’s heart skip a beat.

Every year Joyce Gouveia, the Bear River dance teacher, and students communicate and direct the annual “Celebration of Dance” show. This year Kelly Andrade-Reyna, Amanda Potts, Tiffany Perrine, Brittany Mouck and two guest choreographers, Jacquelyn Twardus and Hallie Pettit, created wonderful dances for this years show.                        

Mrs. Gouveia’s Dance 1 and 2 classes took time and practiced these dances all year long.

“It took all year for all 18 dances to be in the show dances,”said Mrs. Gouveia. “We work really hard to make a good show for everyone.”

During the show Amanda Potts and Katera Navo had wonderful things to say about Mrs. Gouveia and other choreographers.

“(Gouveia) has taught me for, I think, 4 years. I am so happy that you have taught me and helped me improve my skills at dance and I’m really going to miss you,” said Katera Navo, a senior.

“I have had the privilege of dancing with Gouveia and Jacquelyn for 3 years and I couldn’t thank them enough,” said Amanda Potts.

During the weeks leading to the dance show, dancers were stressed out and worried about how them would perform.

“We learned a dance in like about 3 weeks and just kept going from there,” said Jenille Cayton, a sophomore.

“We worked on the dances the whole school year,” said Alli Herbert, a junior.

Most dancer and teachers couldn’t pick a favorite dance, saying that they were all good and all had different tricks in them.  

“Everyone worked super hard to perform the dances and I couldn’t chose (which dance was best),” said Gouveia.

“It’s hard, I couldn’t chose,” said Emelia Frank, a junior. “They all were so fun.”

Students that went to the show were all very impressed with the messages in the show.

“I liked all of them because they had powerful messages and their costumes were beautiful,” said Megan Pratt, a sophomore. “I know that Callie Jonutz choreographed a dance about loving your body for women and I loved it so much.”

“It was really well put on, you can tell that they spent a lot of time rehearsing,” said Aubree Knox, a junior. “Their costumes really reflected the dances, and I loved the “Feeling Good” dance by Amanda (Potts).”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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‘Celebration’ showcases Bruin dance skills