On Thursday, December 8, from 6:30- 8:00 pm Bryant student groups presented the Bryant Winter Concert. The Orchestra I and II, Band I and II, Choir I and II, Dance, and Drama department performed at the event. The music groups performed a combination of holiday music and traditional music.
7th grade dancers have learned a variety of partner dances this year: Cha-cha, Waltz, Swing, and Bachata. Their favorite is the Bachata because of its addicting music and natural movements. They performed a dance showcasing the style and variations of this beautiful Latin dance.
8th grade dancers have had the opportunity to attend a performance and workshop with a hip-hop dance company based in Los Angeles called VersaStyle. They learned some basic hip-hop dance moves, along with the origin and meaning of these motifs. They performed choreography based on the dance combinations they experienced during this field-trip.
Drama students also performed in the concert. Part of the Drama curriculum is performance and so as part of this students memorize a poem that is at least 16 lines long and use gestures and expression to perform it. Several of the students who have a more polished performance were chosen to perform their piece at the Winter Concert.
Steve Schwemmer, Bryant orchestra, band, and choir teacher, feels that students’ participation in the Fine Arts has positive effects in all areas of student school performance. “Students develop self-discipline and learn how to set individual goals,” Schwemmer explained. “Students have a sense of pride and accomplishment when they’ve practiced and learned a challenging section of the music. The focus and concentration that students learn in our program allows them to focus and concentrate in all academic areas.”