Mohonasen Color Guard students and several Johnstown student guests were recently treated to a dance workshop with Alissa Lazaro, a dancer and choreographer from Westchester. During the day-long workshop, students learned about various dance styles, including ballet, contemporary, lyrical and Bollywood.
One of the day’s highlights was a small group activity in which students choreographed their own dances based on random nouns, verbs and adjectives assigned by their peers.
Hosted in the Black Box Theater at the Center for Advanced Technology, the students worked intensely to hone their skills and develop their confidence in the area of movement. The students will reconnect with Alissa in the future when learning choreography during Band Camp and Winter Guard.
“Today’s collaboration with Alissa and the Mohonasen students, staff and parents was a wonderful experience, and we hope to grow this relationship in the future,” said Shaun Edwards, Color Guard Director for the Greater Johnstown School District.
Daniel Jones, Mohonasen High School Band and Color Guard director, said, “It was wonderful to see Pinewood, Draper and Mohonasen students working so creatively with our guests today. We are looking to continue our goal of improving the dance and movement skills within our color guards.”
Jones thanked the district and all others who helped make the event happen.
Look for the group to perform this fall with the marching band and this winter in the various indoor color guards sponsored by the district.