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Students struggle with Zoom classes but appreciate necessity

Christian Ledbetter

May 21, 2020

As COVID-19 made its way across the country, students found themselves saying goodbye as schools closed doors to keep in line with social distancing procedures to flatten the curve. As students adapted to distance learning since mid-March, teachers weren’t far behind, but according to band teacher...

Dancers learn, teach, choreograph pieces as a way to express themselves

BENDING BACKWARDS:
Senior Hannah Liu stretches before dancing. Liu said she choreographs easier dances for younger students to keep them motivated to learn to dance.

Tessa Collinson and Leah Tan

March 20, 2020

The information in this issue—originally scheduled for publication on March 20—was written and produced prior to news regarding school cancellation from the COVID-19 virus. Some information may be outdated or inaccurate as a result. Student staff members worked hard to produce this content and, d...

YAGP allows for opportunities despite commitment, demonstrates underrated work ethic demanded in dance

YAGP allows for opportunities despite commitment, demonstrates underrated work ethic demanded in dance

Chloe Sun

February 21, 2020

It’s early in the year, and for many dancers, the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) looms on the horizon. As the world's largest international student ballet competition and scholarship program, succeeding at YAGP is the pivotal goal many train for the entire year as it provides immense opportuniti...

#BoysDanceToo: With upcoming winter performances, male performer, dancers’ experiences contrast female counterparts

Dancer and sophomore Damian Prabu practices his hip hop group dance at Expressenz. Prabu said he has been dancing for eight years and said his favorite is “street.”

Christian Ledbetter

November 15, 2019

With December approaching, dancers everywhere are beginning preparations for Nutcracker performances. Despite the importance of the male lead of the prince in this ballet, people still view dance as a feminine activity. This is nothing new. On Aug. 22, ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA) found...

Turning it Around: Dancer, junior Kendyl Smith commends creation of pointe shoes in new skin tones

Turning it Around: Dancer, junior Kendyl Smith commends creation of pointe shoes in new skin tones

Kendyl Smith

December 13, 2018

I am excited that different shades of pointe shoes and tights that match diverse skin tones are being produced, especially since the art of ballet itself is expanding into other genres. I believe it is the perfect time to start infusing different skin tones of pointe shoes to match the diverse ways o...

Art Fair Anticipation: Dancer, artist, organizer discuss experiences with, expectations for Penrod Arts Fair

Dancer and sophomore Lindsey Thole rehearses with her partner at Performer’s Edge Dance Studio. Here, she worked on the “bluebird” position.

Angela Qian, Reporter

August 14, 2018

When someone looks up “Indiana’s Nicest Day,” the first link will direct them to the Penrod Arts Fair website. It says the Somerset CPAs have trademarked the phrase, and with over 50 years of experience organizing the fair, it has become one of the largest single day art fairs in the nation. Jo...