Lausanne students in Lower, Middle and Upper School took to the stage on Saturday morning in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) as part of the Spring Dance Recital. During their performances, students used songs that stuck with the theme of “Better Together,” showcasing the Lausanne Way traits of global mindedness and meaningful relationships.
After a long and uncertain 2020-2021 school year, the Lausanne Conservatory Dance program quietly held a small show for a small audience in EPAC in the spring of 2021. They had fourteen performers from SK-2nd grades, far less than the years past, but for those involved, it was amazing to be back on stage.
“I started daydreaming about the day when I could see the kids' smiles on stage again, when our program would fully revive, when we could all be together again, doing what we love,” Lower School and Middle School dance teacher and dance coordinator for Lausanne 360 Arts Conservatory Bing Osterman-Carruth said. “As with all things at Lausanne, we are truly better when together.”
The idea for this year's show was born from that idea. Students continued to learn dance techniques in weekly classes and choreography began in late January.
“Every song was chosen either by our teachers or our students with great love and with great conversation and collaboration about what it means to truly be a community, to stand up for, to comfort, to love and to keep each other safe,” Osterman said.
Nearly 75 students from grades PK3-12th took the stage on Saturday with great excitement.
“I am so grateful for ALL of our faculty, conservatory instructors, Lotanna Oraedu ’22 (Lausanne senior who designed our program and music) and the support of Rachel Hammonds, our 360 Director and Kenzie Neel, our Director of Conservatory,” Osterman said. “Our team, our students and our shared love for dance made for a show we won't soon forget.
(Choreographers included: Bing Osterman-Carruth, Ashley Bugg-Brown, Noelia Jones, Lindsay Ringer, Charnae Nelson, Victoria Citchens, and Lauren Stallings)