The Student Choreography Showcase, known as STUCHO, is a student-produced dance concert. This year there are 12 participating students of all Upper School class levels showcasing their choreography ability in the student choreography showcase. These choreographers are responsible for selecting their music, dancers, and costumes, as well as organizing rehearsal schedules. Each choreographer went through an adjudication process where they presented their work-in-progress and received constructive feedback from the adjudicators. This year we welcome again adjudicators Peggy Hinojosa and Nicole Bishop. Hinojosa is a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet and former TUTS faculty member who currently teaches and sets choreography throughout the Houston area. Nicole Bishop received her formal training at Tempe Dance Academy in Tempe, Arizona. Nicole has performed on Good Morning America with the Radio City Rockettes and in Las Vegas as a dancer in Guys and Dolls. She now works and teaches at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance in Friendswood, Texas.
This year’s student choreographers are Athena Adrogué, Yuki Chevray, Olivia Doan, Josie Feldman, Sarah Hill, Catherine Huang, Catherine Lu, Bailey Maierson, Samara Moll, Adele Wan, and Connie Yu. They will be joined by the following dancers: Eliot Aiman, Lindsay Frankfort, Jacqueline Heal, Celine Huang, Ella Rose, Thalie Waters, Kate Willey and dancers from Terpsichore and Caprice III. These young choreographers will present work from different genres of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, cultural and lyrical dance. Participation in the showcase is voluntary for dance students that are interested in creating and exploring their artistic voice.
The choreographers also get to collaborate with Johnnycake members who design custom lighting for each piece. Choreographers participate in a lighting design class taught by Edgar Guajardo. Edgar is lighting designer for some of Houston’s top dance companies and playhouses. Edgar is also the lighting designer for St. John’s Upper and Middle School dance concerts. Johnnycake designers work to incorporate the mood the choreographer is trying to convey into their lighting design. During production week, the choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers will spend many hours working to fine tune the show. Dance instructor Dorrell Martin oversees and advises on all aspects of the student choreography process.
The dance works presented in the student choreography showcase are a true reflection of each choreographer’s innermost feelings, and they cannot wait to share them with family and friends. Come and enjoy these talented young St. John’s choreographers and dancers as they express their artistry through dances and lighting designs.