SNDC is composed of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works. This November’s concert featured work from two guest choreographers, Jordine Cornish (Tel Aviv) and Alessia della Casa (Lugano), and included original pieces choreographed by both students and faculty members. The company was also joined on stage by dancers and musicians from the TASIS Faculty, Middle School, and Elementary School.
Take Flight included contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and aerial dance and can be viewed in full below. Performance and rehearsal photo galleries can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.
“Just a Step”
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Sarah Rappoport (solo); Airi Barnes, Sofia Rosso, Bella Worrell (trio) Music: Prelude of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” by Harold Arlen, arr. Julie Frazier-Smith Vocals: Julie Frazier-Smith and Melody Tibbits Zanecchia
“Higher and Higher”
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Yasmin Al Askari, Chiara Amabile, Michelle Fasciano, Eleonora Ferreri, Iona Love, Yulia Panasenko Music: “(Your love keeps lifting me) Higher and Higher,” by Jackie Wilson Vocals: ES Choir, Directed by Melody Zanecchia Choir members: Maria Sole Agostinini, Maria Eduarda Cardoso Dias, Isabella De Bustis, Emma Della Foglia, Anna Kandel, Varvara Maksimova, Zoe Manzolini, Greer McKee, Giorgia Segat, Olivia Segat, Giulia Vanossi, Mila Verda, Gretchen Withers Band: Alessio di Tonno (Electric guitar), Matthew Frazier-Smith (Cajon), Juan Carlos Bernal Cortina (Guitar), Tim Venchus (Bass guitar)
“When the Dance Jumped Right Out of Me”
Choreographer: Jordine Cornish Rehearsal Director: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Airi Barnes, Victoria Rodriguez Riera, Sofia Rosso, Claudiyah Tolliver, Alua Tursynkulova, Annabelle Worrell, Jaya Bruera, Alexia Essaris, Raya Ilieva, Sascha Rhein, Mariaurora Rosso, Antara Stromayer, Lalita Stromayer, Greta Vasino Music: “The Precious Hours,” by Proleter; “Sally Walker,” by Iggy Azalea; “Thrift Shop (Instrumental Remix),” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; “High Hopes,” by Panic! at The Disco; and “Lullaby,” by Proleter; arr. Jordine Cornish
Choreographer: Sarah Rappoport Dancer: Sarah Rappoport Music: “Unbreakable,” by Lani Misalucha
Choreographer: Mara Bernasconi Dancers: Mara Bernasconi, Jordine Cornish, Julie Frazier-Smith, Giulia Giobbio, Alexi Love, Melody Tibbits Zanecchia Music: “You Are the Reason,” by Calum Scott
“2nd & 3rd Grade Tip Tap”
Choreographer: Carol Hinchliff Dancers: Chiara Amabile, Isabella Badarraco, Katie Bodnar, Michelle Fasciano, Iona Love, Noemi Mazziotti, Pilar Sokoloff, Alis Valente Zen, Giulia Vanossi, Mila Verda Music: “Try Everything,” by Shakira
Choreographer: Alessia Della Casa Rehearsal Director: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Airi Barnes, Catherine McClellan, Sarah Rappoport, Sofia Rosso Music: “Deep, Arctic Wind Sounds,” by Nature Sounds; “Airlocks,” by Floating In Space
Choreographer: Alexia Dochnal Dancer: Alexia Dochnal Music: “October,” from The Seasons, by P. I. Tchaikovsky
“It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing”
Choreographer: Jordine Cornish Dancers: Airi Barnes, Victoria Rodriguez Riera, Sofia Rosso, Claudiyah Tolliver, Jaya Bruera, Alexia Essaris, Raya Ilieva, Sascha Rhein, Mariaurora Rosso, Antara Stromayer, Lalita Stromayer, Greta Vasino, Olymar Brown, Julie Frazier-Smith, Matthew Frazier-Smith, Giulia Giobbio, Carol Hinchliff, Alexi Love, Kerry Venchus, Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, Jordine Cornish Music: “It Don't Mean a Thing,” by Proleter
“Beyond the Rain”
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancer: Sarah Rappoport Music: Prelude of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” by Harold Arlen, arr. Julie Frazier-Smith Vocals: Julie Frazier-Smith and Melody Tibbits Zanecchia
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith Dancers: Airi Barnes, Sofia Rosso, Annabelle Worrell (ground); Ai Shimizu, Catherine McClellan, Julie Frazier-Smith (aerial) Music: “Take Flight,” by Lindsey Stirling
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.