The St. Joseph’s Academy Dance Department presented its annual Spring Dance Performance on April 11. The performance, entitled Depth over Distance, was held in the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge.
The performance was dedicated to the men and women who protect our freedom and to the families who make the ultimate sacrifice. Freshman Autumn Dorsa and Catholic High senior Byrne Kennedy portrayed a couple facing the trial of a loved one leaving home to serve our country.
SJA dance instructor Jade Prejean said the evening was magical. “The performance was emotional, powerful and spectacular,” she said. “Each dancer brought their own individuality to the show which gave the performance a unique quality. I could not be more proud of each of these dancers.”
Senior solos were performed by Kelsey Mire and Marissa Rovira. Molly Harris, a 2016 SJA graduate, was the guest performer.
“I enjoyed the sense of friendship we made over the semester and coming together to bring our talents to the stage,” Mire said. “My senior solo was so meaningful to me, being able to share my favorite style of dance, lyrical. My solo is called As long as you love me, and it’s about being able to love someone no matter who they are, what they look like or where they come from, and that is so important to me. I’ve made so many friends from both dance classes, and I plan to come back to see what Ms. Prejean has in store for next year.”
Rovira was equally enthusiastic. “This show was the best possible way to conclude my senior year,” she said. “Having such a powerful story to tell in our show gives the dancers so much purpose behind each of our movements. Ms. Prejean did an incredible job choreographing this show, and I feel so blessed to have been able to work with her this year. I am so happy with the final product, and I am so glad to see how touched the audience was by the beautiful story.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Madeline Ortego
Date posted: April 13, 2017