Chaminade Players Present Drama Under the Stars

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Join the Chaminade Players on September 15, 16, or 17 for a Drama Under the Stars production of the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. As a true outdoor Shakespeare experience, the performances will take place on the lawn of the Tutor Center (West Hills).

Each performance takes place at 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday production includes a Fine Arts Festival at 6:00 p.m., featuring choir, jazz, dance, an art exhibition, representation from film, and more.

Please purchase tickets online.

Chaminade Celebrates Fine Arts Family Spirit Night

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By Jennifer Bader P ’18

On Friday, February 13 the Chaminade middle school and high school fine arts departments joined together to showcase their talented students at the first ever Fine Arts Family Spirit Night.

More than 100 students from drama, band, choir, dance, and aerial performed before a sold out crowd at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members were also treated to screenings of student films and displays of art work. Alex Mansour ’15 and Hiba Alnajjar ’19 served as emcees for the evening.

Chaminade Fine Arts has much to celebrate in the coming weeks. The annual Film Festival will be held Saturday, February 21. In March, the Eagle Regiment Band will be traveling to Spain to perform in an international music festival, and the middle school C-Notes will be travelling to New York City for the third time to perform at Carnegie Hall as the featured choir. The Chaminade Players will also be presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 13 through 15 and March 20 through 22.

Visit Chaminade’s Facebook page to view more photos.

Dance Concert Tickets Now on Sale

Dance Concert 2014Chaminade Dance in concert  presents Fathoms, a Cirque du Soleil-style production of a story through dance. Childhood is full of many dreams and emotions, but what happens when life gets in the way? Follow the journey as the true gift of love is discovered in the most amazing places.

Shows are on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $11 for students and $7 for children, and are available online through Vendini.

Chaminade Senior Accepted to Juilliard

Last summer, Paige Borowski ’14 spent three weeks of her summer experiencing the Juilliard dream. Accepted to the school’s Summer Dance Intensive, she traveled to New York City to study classical ballet and modern dance. Today she received the phone call of a lifetime and was told that she has been accepted to The Juilliard School in New York, New York. Borowski is one of 12 girls to be accepted, among thousands of applicants around the world.

Dance Team Ranks #1 at United States National Competition for Second Year in a Row

By Sabrina Michael ’13

This year was a dream year for us as the 2011-2012 dance team, and it defied all of our expectations. From the beginning of summer during camp and practices, there was something special about our interactions with each other.  We supported each other through everything that went on in our lives inside and outside the dance room. This aspect of the team changed everything, especially our dancing. We drove each other, we breathed together, we sensed each other’s presence through our dance movements in a sort of out of body experience, and we lived each dance as if it was a real moment in our lives.

One of the dances we brought to U.S. Finals was a Haunted Mansion-themed hip hop routine to Deadmau5’s Ghosts n Stuff.  Our routine earned us a score of 92.7 out of 100, which beat out 25 All-Star hip hop crews from around the U.S. and ranked us #1 in the country.

I remember sitting in the old dance room at the Fine Arts Building before the Tutor Center was completed, closing my eyes and just listening to the song for the first time. I could feel the anticipation and excitement as all of us grooved and looked at each other with smiles from ear to ear. We heard the Haunted Mansion sound effects like screams and verses from the Disneyland ride and practically lost it (all of us are obsessed with Disney by the way). We knew right then and there that this routine was going to be fantastic.   After a competition held at Disneyland, we went to the park and went on the Haunted Mansion ride together. As soon as the ghostly voice said, “Welcome foolish mortals to the Haunted Mansion,” our whole team recited it for everyone on the ride. Despite our obvious love of this routine and concept, we brought something distinct to the table; with our white-painted faces, black eyes, crazy hair, and unique choreography, we were the exact opposite of the regular cookie cutter dance ensembles.

Our ability to work as a team and be a family is what made this year’s dance team one to remember and one not to forget. We skyrocketed to a national level in two out of three categories, and we defended our National Hip Hop title from last year. We ranked #1 in two All-Star divisions, a first in Chaminade history. This team has been a major stepping stone has set the standard high for years to come.