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Lovett's Got Dance Moves

Camille Summers

A favorite of mine was the Upper School girls and boys dancing to the song “Greased Lightnin’” performed by Avery Gipson and Caroline McPherson. 

On Thursday, April 11, the Lovett Lower, Middle, and Upper School dance programs put on a concert called Lovett’s Got Talent. It featured a variety of different styles of dance ranging from ballet to hip hop to music videos. This was the first time that I went to one of Lovett’s dance concerts, and I very much enjoyed the different styles and especially the costumes. The director of the play was Ms. Rebecca Metzger, and the choreography was done by Florence Fitzgerald, Jeremy Green, Aaron James, Heather Mathiesen, Rebecca Metzger, and Charles Wheat.

The first dance of the night was performed by the Lower School, and the music was “Under the Sea” by Samuel E. Wright. It was like a lyrical piece with the majority of girls, who were mermaids, and there was one boy, who played King Triton. I couldn’t help smiling at all the little kids running around and dancing to one of my favorite movies, the Little Mermaid.

Then was a piece by the Upper School called Live Wire. It consisted of a mixture of songs such as “Fireball” by Willow Smith, “Walk it Like I Talk it” by Migos, and “Alive” by Lil Jon, Offset, and 2 Chainz. It was an all-girls piece that was hip-hop. It was interesting to see the transition from “Under the Sea” to “Fireball.”  The performers did a great job using facial expressions and gestures to enhance their art.

This was followed by another hip-hop piece by a different group of Upper School students. In this group, there were both boys and girls. They danced to the hip hop song “WOW” by Beck. It was fun to see several boys and girls in the same song, especially to a hip-hop song.

The seventh grade did a pop-salsa mix style of dance to the song “Bom Bom Bom” by Sam and the Womp. I enjoyed the costumes because it wasn’t just a shirt and pants. It was a full on salsa dress with the ruffles and everything. In this dance, there was one boy and the rest were girls. There were stunts and specified salsa moves. This dance in particular, since it was a salsa, was different than all the other dances, which I really enjoyed. There were also a lot of impressive gymnastics stunts.

Throughout the dance concert, they would put on music videos by the eighth grade girls, so instead of dancing on stage, they would use costumes and dance all around campus and put it together in a video. Each music video was set to a mixture of songs. The eighth grade girls did a total of 3 music videos, and in each one, there was a different group of girls.

This was followed by a dance performed by Melissa Kight and Franne Desloge to the song “2 On” by Tinashe. Each girl had her own solo in the dance, and then a combined dance, allowing them to commemorate all the work they have put into dance those past years.

The Lower Schoolers came back out again for a dance to “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. It was a mixture of boys and girls, which illustrated different vibes and movements.

What followed was one of my favorite numbers. It was a co-ed ballet by the Lower School to “Plies” by Neuromancer and “Tendus” by Ballet Goes Pop. Each of the little ones had their hair in buns or combed, and they wore tights and ballet slippers. It was so cute, and they did such a good job with their plies and foot positions. My mom is a big ballet fan and did ballet for the majority of her childhood/teenage years, and even she was impressed by how much the little ones could do, especially since they were somewhat in sync.

Things took a decidedly Lovett twist when the Upper School all-girls group danced to “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Avery Gipson. It was really cool to see students from the Upper School dancing and Avery Gipson singing the piece that she wrote.

Then was another Lower School hip-hop number to “It’s a Hard Knock Life” by Vena.E. It wasn’t the original “Hard Knock Life” because it had more of a rap beat to it, which was quite fun to listen to. I liked seeing the little ones going all out in a hip-hop style.

Three middle school girls, Lily Botha, Virginia Evans, and Anna Jaje, danced a ballet to the song “Sarabande” by J.S. Bach and there was a live performance of the piece done on the violin by Morgan Gao. Each of the girls did the same dance but had their own twist to it. It was like three mini solos between the girls.

A favorite of mine was the Upper School girls and boys dancing to the song “Greased Lightnin’” performed by Avery Gipson and Caroline McPherson. I loved seeing Avery and Caroline perform the song and the pop choreography that brought the movie to life.  

The seventh-grade danced to “OMG” by Usher, and “All the Way Turnt Up” and Roscoe Dash. It was another fun hip-hop piece. They were all dressed in Atlanta jerseys, and the dance was football themed.

The eighth grade performed a dance entitled “Drumline” to a live performance by the Lovett Drumline. It was like your typical parade theme, but it again showcased a variety of Lovett artistic talent.  

The final performance was to the song “Time for Love” by Chris Brown. It was performed by some students in the Upper School. It was a great way to wrap up the concert because it involved the Upper school seniors, and the song was a fantastic choice to bring the whole audience together.  
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