On Wednesday, January 13 at 7 p.m., the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VPA) dance majors present their “Winter Dance Showcase”at the RBR theatre. RBR is located at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children. All RBR students are free with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact the RBR dance teacher, Cara Scacco, at Cscacco@rbrhs.org or (732) 842-8000, ext. 1477.
The show features 18 pieces performed by the 32 RBR VPA dance majors in a variety of genres including contemporary, modern, jazz, and ballet. A special tap number, Dancing in the Dark, performed by Rihanna, is being organized by sophomore Rachel Kline of Red Bank. Most pieces are choreographed by students, with two pieces created by guest choreographers Kimberly Labriola and Noah Gouldsmith, professional dancers and choreographers, and several by Cara Scacco, the RBR teacher.
Senior Anna Bongiorno of Avon believes the ability to choreograph in the VPA sets it apart from all other professional dance programs in the area. For the showcase, Anna has choreographed a Black Eyed Peas hip hop song, Rock That Body, which is the finale, featuring the junior and senior dancers. Anna is currently applying to colleges with dance teams in mind so she can follow her passion for performing.
Senior Mya Sims of Asbury Park also hopes to join a dance team next year in college. She chose to choreograph a jazz number called Schoolin Life by Beyonce for The Winter Dance Showcase. Mya is happy to have been part of the RBR dance family, stating, “I like that I have been exposed to so many other genres in dancing and had the opportunity to learn with a variety of instructors. And dancing every day has really made me be a better dancer.”