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White Mountain Visited by Accomplished Tap Artist Julie Joseph

This fall, The White Mountain School has been privileged to host Julie Joseph, a Boston-based performer, choreographer, and teacher, on campus several times as a guest artist. Throughout the semester, students from White Mountain and Creative Edge Dance Studio alike have benefitted from Julie’s world-class experience in tap dancing.

At her first visit to White Mountain, Julie held auditions for a new tap piece, which were open to White Mountain and Creative Edge students in grades 9-12. Six students were ultimately selected, including: Rayelinn Bromley, Claudia Canuto, Kiersten Doughty ’23, Jessie Gall, Vendy Pospisilova ’20, Rose Sullivan. Julie worked intensively with these six dancers to develop an original tap piece, which will be featured in Creative Edge’s 2020 Recital, which will take place May 22-23.

Later in the semester, Julie returned to campus and held a tap masterclass, which was attended by participants ranging in age from 11 to adult. The participants were able to stretch their boundaries throughout the masterclass, and many experienced tap improvisation for the first time.

Julie Joseph and participants in her recent masterclass at Creative Edge Dance Studio.

Julie Joseph and participants in her recent masterclass at Creative Edge Dance Studio.

“Bringing guest artists to campus allows our students to be exposed to new teachers and new styles of dance, and they benefit in several different ways. It’s essential for dancers to be versatile, and having classes with somebody who focuses on different aspects of technique, runs a class differently, or has a novel approach to choreography allows our students to practice and develop that versatility,” explains Dinah Gray, director of dance. “Working with artists other than our regular faculty also broadens our dancers’ networks, setting up relationships that can be continued beyond the artist’s stint at the school. Students also get the opportunity to practice their skills as auditioners, learning to work effectively in a situation where the stakes are heightened beyond a typical dance class with familiar teachers.”

Dinah aims to bring in at least one guest artist each academic year and is currently working to find a guest artist to teach at White Mountain’s Summer Dance Intensive in 2020. The Summer Dance Intensive is a two-week residential summer program designed for dancers entering grades 6 through 12 that exposes participants to several styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

“I had so many great experiences with guest artists during my high school and college years, and it’s really gratifying to be able to bring similar opportunities to our students,” says Dinah. “I learn a lot from watching other artists work with students. It’s really helpful to hear new information and also really validating to hear somebody speak to some of the same concepts and values that I try to share with our students.”


Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for 135 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.

The 2019 Talent Show

Seniors Raise Money for Class Gift

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A packed house of students, their families, faculty and White Mountain staff turned out to watch the annual Talent Show in the Lovejoy Chapel during Spring Family Weekend. The Friday night show featured performances by students from The White Mountain School and Creative Edge Dance Studio. Showcasing the talents and humor of our students, the slate of entertainment served as a fundraiser for the Class of 2019’s Senior Class gift.

Each year, the senior class raises money to fund a gift of their choosing that will enhance the community experience at The White Mountain School. This year, the Class of 2019 has announced that it is raising money to create a space for a fire pit that can be used by the community year-round. This year’s class gift fundraising target is $5,000.

Organized by Development and Alumni Affairs Director Scott Hunt, The Talent Show was hosted by Emcee Rex Amer and included dance performances, live music,  and poetry and spoken word readings. The culminating performance by the “Backwoods Boys,” who crooned a popular ‘90’s boy band ballad, “I Want It That Way,” really brought the house down and underscored the importance of being a good sport in the spirit of supporting The White Mountain School community.

You can watch the evening’s performances in their entirety on YouTube.

To support the Class of 2019’s Senior Class Gift Fund, visit us online.

 

Cinderella – Classic Fairy Tale Underscores the Power of Persistence

2019cinderellajeteThe White Mountain School and Creative Edge Dance Studio dancers performed Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella ballet on April 12 and 13 at the Opera House in Littleton, New Hampshire. Through elegantly choreographed dance performances and vivid staging, the classic tale came to life as the dancers leapt, twirled and bounded to Prokofiev’s jubilant music.

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First published in 1697 by Mother Goose Author Charles Perrault, the story of Cinderella is known for its title character’s grace, dramatic transformation and comically wicked step-sisters. Cinderella’s moral lessons of forgiveness, being kind to others and positive persistence under challenging circumstances remain relevant and inspirational in our time. This story, and countless others, are explored and interpreted through many and varied performing and visual arts opportunities for students at The White Mountain School.

2019cinderellameetingfan“White Mountain’s Essential Skills and Habits are holistically aligned with what I nurture in my dance students,” said Dinah Gray, Director of Dance. “Works such as Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and our Spring Recital allow students to delve deeply into the practices of persistence and collaboration, using the rehearsal process and the performance experience to cultivate excellence as artists, athletes, and members of a community.”

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Performing and Visual Arts at The White Mountain School
Arts offerings at The White Mountain School include core and elective academic courses as well as technique and performance-based instruction for a number of different styles and competency levels. You can find more information and an FAQ regarding our arts programs on our website.

PHOTO CREDITS: ALI GAULIN

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