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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:21 pm

It’s the end of the year and it’s time for the seniors to give their last goodbyes and leave their mark on the school. Four seniors who have been in the CoSA Dance program for all four years of high school collaborated and worked independently to create Four Lenses, which took place May 1, 2014. This was an experimental dance show that culminated all the girls’ work and training throughout all their time at CoSA.

Four Lenses took place in the Black Box Theatre and showcased the original choreography and solos of Ellie Book, Shannon Clancy, Ines Cruz, and Kanela Matey. Each of the girls got to experiment with different styles of dance, all inspired by different concepts. Book said her work was based off of, “stress, love, and always feeling like you’re being left out.” She had four original pieces of choreography as well as a solo. She wanted to mainly focus on the “typical teenage emotions.” She smiled and also noted that she’ll miss all the friends she has made at CoSA and the teachers. Book will be attending UCLA in the fall where she’ll be continuing her dance training.

Clancy, on the other hand, focused on “the way in which humans perceive and view emotion of themselves and others.” She said her two pieces, Apathy and Pride & Vanity, have essentially been worked on since the beginning of the year; they’ve been a large undertaking and a labor of love. She also notes that she’ll really miss collaborating with people and working on choreography. She’s going to Hampshire College in the fall.

Cruz described the show as “an experiment in the artistic process,” where the dancers were really free to explore different forms of dance as a mode of self-expression; “a lot of it was figuring out what I wanted to say and how I felt about dance ending.” She’s heading to UC Santa Cruz in the fall and says she might continue to study folk dance.

Matey choreographed two pieces, both based on her perception of “imitation and reflection.” She choreographed a dance where the girls were dancing and weaving in and out of mirrors. Matey also spent some time going around to different dance studios, photographing and putting together a slideshow that played while the girls danced. Matey will miss the “little family” of CoSA Dance and will be making her way out to the University of Colorado, Boulder to study science.

The CoSA Dance seniors will certainly be missed and this last show is a true realization of all the work they have put in the past four years, as well as a way for them to explore the art of dance one last time with their CHS dance peers.

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