February is Dance Competition Month

Front Page News
February 10, 2023
Mr. Brian Nieh, Classical Competition Connoisseur

February is Dance Competition Month. So is March, and April, and May. So really, it’s more like Dance Competition Season…

February is (almost) in Spring, and Spring is Dance Competition Season
There we go. Also, still Mr. Brian.

Anyways, we have dancers from our full-time and Young Artist programs competing in several dance competitions this season, including Leap, KAR, Starbound, Headliners, and Applause (dates at the end). Our students are competing in solo and duets, and small and large ensembles.

Dance competitions are a precious opportunity for student dancers. There’s the preparation side, where you work with your teachers to brainstorm and create a choreography that you’re invested in and are willing to perform and present to the world.

There’s also the practice side. Techniques need to be polished, and the dance practiced to the point of muscle memory. It’s commonly a time where dancers really put in the extra work and see significant improvements in both their skills and command of their dancing.

Of course, there’s the competition aspect, where you’ll be on stage, performing for your peers, judges, and dance-familiar audience members. This kind of test may seem daunting, but it’s really more of a testament to the hard work you put in and an opportunity for you to share your passion with the dance community.

Cherish the opportunity. Work hard. Enjoy the experience. I’m excited to see how well everyone does this season!

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College Applications Season

Front Page News
November 4, 2022
by Dr. Shalina Fung

Right now it is the college application season for the seniors and congratulations for those who have filed their early applications.  We know how stressful this time of the year can be. Our college counselors are here to support them every step of the way.  We had a nice gathering with parents during the college counseling workshop last Friday.  Parents were informed of a basic timeline of college counseling for 9th through 12th graders. It is never too early to research colleges and plan for the right classes. HSArts Counseling Program provides advanced search tools for students to explore colleges, build a list of prospective colleges compatible to their interests, test scores, and grades.  Our counselors look forward to supporting each student to gain deeper self awareness of their individual strengths and weaknesses, and assists with identifying the college choice and career path that is right for them in the coming years. 

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