Continuing the celebration of Black History Month

The performing arts departments joined together to put on a showcase

Allison Spiroff

On Thursday, Feb. 27, all visual and performing arts departments collaborated to put on a showcase for the celebration of Black History Month. The artwork upfront was admired as the musicians and dancers shook off their nerves backstage. Parents, staff, and friends arrived early in order to find the best seats in packed auditorium. The lights blinked, signaling that the show was about to begin, then they dimmed completely.

The show began with an introduction video displaying the influential black figures that helped pave the way for their future generations. Behind the curtains the feet of the performers were visible, making sure everything was set and ready to go.

The first performance was the Jazz Band opening with “I Got It Bad, and That Ain’t Good” by Ella FitzGerald. One of the most popular jazz singers in the United States. Playing upright bass, junior Kenneth Victoria was excited to be part of the showcase to spread knowledge of black culture.

“I think Ms. Norton did a really good job of bringing together all of the different Performing Arts at our school,” Victoria said. “I’m happy with the result, it helped bring awareness to other people that wouldn’t know about different cultures, dances or about the African community. Whether or not people thought it was cheesy, at least it’s getting some of this stuff out there in a fun and engaging way.”

The show was filled with songs and dances that displayed the talent of important black figures ranging from Michael Jackson to Beyoncé. From the theater department, The Trial and Spoken Word Poem were performed. The Trial represented an example of a court case involving an African American male vs. The People, and how unjust our system can be. The Spoken Word Poems went back in time to re-enact important moments of our black history.

The Dance Crew came out for two numbers, bringing energy and excitement out of the crowd. With hand-made costumes and high expectations, they went on stage with their powerful step performances. Practicing almost every day for her performance, Captain of TDC senior Aniya Dixon felt nervous for their drumline dance, but once she got out there, her worries faded as she felt the power of their performance and the energy of the audience.

“I feel like more and more schools should have black history shows,” Dixon said. “Whether it’s a choreography performance or informational meeting. Everybody should know, and black culture should be allowed to be known and be seen.”

For the grand finale, performers from the dance department came out and infused themselves into the audience to demonstrate a traditional African dance. Overall, the showcase spread awareness and knowledge of black history.