Dance at SFHS: More Than Entertainment


Kaitlyn Cook

The dance program is producing its sixth annual dance concert, slated for November. This year’s show is called “Can You See It?” about the student-chosen concept of perception and realities. 

The choreographers are mainly students, along with two guest professional choreographers.

”I’m most excited about the fact that these brand new student choreographers are coming in and showing their work,” Donna Sheer, the dance teacher who heads the program, says.

Amy Compton is one of the choreographers and dance teachers. Her dance is mainly within the style of contemporary and making the body a percussive instrument. 

“The way we see the world ourselves and then how we see it after interacting with someone else, they change us,” says Ms. Compton. “I’m dealing a lot with body rhythms and playing with the confines of the percussive body to open free space.” 

The show will take place on Nov. 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m., with another show on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. According to the website Santa Fe High Performing Arts, tickets will be on sale starting Nov. 1 on their website. The cost for adults will be $11 and for students $9. If tickets are purchased online, they will be held in the box office for pick-up. Tickets will also be on sale an hour before each show at the box office. 

Along with the show, Santa Fe High offers Dance 1, 2, 3 and a choreography class. Ms. Scheer explains that dance classes help students in their other classes and in sports.

“Dance helps students think artistically in non-artistic situations. They take the kinds of thinking they use in a dance class and they transfer it to math, science, and English when they’re not thinking about dance-related things,” states Ms. Sheer. 

“I feel it makes you stronger and makes you smarter,” Ms. Compton says. “I think when you try dancing and you’re afraid, you realize how courageous and brave you are and you can apply that to the rest of your life.” 

“Dancing is sort of a stress reliever and it’s helpful when it comes to everyday high school life,” Mina Edwards, one of the dance students, adds. “Dance has really boosted my confidence and is making me both physically and mentally stronger. I’m a very active person, and to be able to get a nice stretch in or work out some sore muscles really helps my overall recovery and performance.”