Sweet November Dance Company Dazzles in Latest Fall Concert
Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) pre-recorded nine choreographed dances in the Palmer Center over the weekend of November 21–22 and released its 2020 fall concert on the afternoon of November 30. The outstanding performance can be viewed in full above.
SNDC is primarily composed of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works, but this November’s concert also featured excellent work from Middle School students, Elementary School students, faculty members, and guest performers. Details about each piece can be found below, and a gallery of photos from the recording sessions can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.
“Nikiya's Flute Solo,” La Bayadère
Choreographer: Marius Petipa Dancer: Alexia Dochnal Song: La Bayadere: Act I, Sc. i.: 5, by Ludwig Minkus
“Feeling the Beat”
Choreographer: Alexia Essaris Dancers: Serafina Ballerini, Anna Bazhenova, Alexia Essaris, Anna Kandel, and Greta Vasino (Middle School Dance) Song: “MS Hip Hop: A Version MIX” featuring “Feel the Beat,” by Black Eyed Peas; “Maluma Better,” by Khalid, and “Writing on the Wall,” by French Montana, Rvssian, Post Malone, and Cardi B Sound editing: Matthew Frazier-Smith
Choreographers: Ella Abisi and Sofia Rosso Dancers: Ella Abisi and Sofia Rosso (SNDC) Song: Amélie Theme: “Comptine D’un Autre Été, L’Après-Midi,” by Brooklyn Duo
“Water: A Zany Escape”
Choreographers: Julie Frazier-Smith and Alexi Love Dancers: Julie Frazier-Smith and Alexi Love (Aerial); Matthew Frazier-Smith, Chris Love, and Melody Zanecchia (Fish); Odelia Canga, Penny Chevalier, and Manuela Mendez Andrade (Elementary School Dance for Joy Ballet); Iona Love, Maddux Love, and Viviana Love (Special Guests) Song: “Rock Lobster Mix: Version 3,” featuring “Rock Lobster,” by B-52’s; “Underwater (feat. Dillon Francis),” by Meghan Trainor; “Wipe Out,” by The Surfaris; and “Malibu,” by Miley Cyrus Sound editing: Matthew Frazier-Smith
“Angel By the Wings”
Choreographer: Sophie Claude Ogilvie and the Royal Academy of Dance Dancer: Sophie Claude Ogilvie Song: “Angel by the Wings,” by Sia
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Ella Abisi, Mariia Andreichuk, Sofia Rosso, and Alua Tursynkulova (SNDC) Song: Das Rhinegold: “Prelude,” by Richard Wagner, Sebastian Weigle, and the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra
“Paquita, Variation 5”
Choreographer: Marius Petipa (arranged by Pia Job) Dancer: Sarah Rappaport Song: “Paquita, Variation 5” (Allegro non troppo)
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Ginevra Biella, Nina Garkavij, Chantal Loeer, Rebecca Lucidi, and Amelia Pacini (ES Modern Dance) Song: “A Million Dreams,” by Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman, and Michelle Williams
“Keep it Clean”
Choreographers: Mara Bernasconi and Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Mara Bernasconi, Julie Frazier-Smith, Matthew Frazier-Smith, Giulia Giobbio, Melody Zanecchia, and Christopher Nikoloff Song: “This Girl,” by Kungs Vs. Cookin On 3 Burners
SNDC Artistic Director: Julie Frazier-Smith Lighting Design and Operation: Matthew Frazier-Smith Videography: Milo Zanecchia Photography: Graham Pearsall
Special thanks to Simone Aeschliman, Olymar Brown, Mark Chevalier and the TASIS Communications Team, Giulia Giobbio, Chris Nikoloff, Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Samantha Forrest and the TASIS Performing Arts Department, the TASIS Maintenance Team, the parents of ES Dance for Joy Ballet and ES Modern Dance performers, the TASIS After-School Activities Department, and the teachers, family, and friends of the performers
The Cum Laude Society aims to promote learning and sound scholarship in secondary schools while recognizing exceptional scholastic achievement. With the addition of six exceptional scholars from the Class of 2023, the TASIS chapter now totals 44 members.
Athletic Director Masa Yo hosted a Spring Athletic Awards assembly for all High School students and faculty members on the afternoon of May 16. Learn about all the award recipients—including the Male and Female Athlete of the Year—and hear from the spring coaches.
Coach Amy Bloodworth and the inspiring all-female team of Mariaurora Rosso ’24, Maddy Costa Felix ’26, Serafina Ballerini ’26, Olivia Canga ’26, and Diana Xiao ’26 were one of just 108 teams in the world to compete at the 2022 FIRST Championship World Festival in Houston, Texas, over the course of April 20–23. Watch them discuss this journey of a lifetime.
Our 48th annual Spring Arts Festival will start with a Drum Studio Recital on Friday, May 6, and conclude with the final performance of the Elementary School Musical, The Jungle Book, on Thursday, May 26. See the full schedule of events and reserve seats for the Elementary and Middle School musicals.