Car­di­nal New­man dancers con­trib­ute to char­i­ta­ble causes

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - BY TAMARA JEFAK, GRADE 12

Car­di­nal New­man Sec­ondary School’s Con­tem­po­rary Dance Team cre­ated a mean­ing­ful and pow­er­ful aura at Michelan­gelo Ban­quet Cen­tre, all for a good cause.

On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24, dancers from Car­di­nal New­man took part in a fundraiser, hosted by Diletti Sa­lon and Spa along with Golfi Con­crete and Drains.

This first an­nual event raised funds in sup­port of breast can­cer re­search and McMaster’s Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

The con­tem­po­rary dancers are part of one of Car­di­nal New­man’s four com­pet­i­tive dance teams. The dancers put many hours into learn­ing and per­fect­ing the piece they per­formed. Through these ex­tra prac­tices and long hours, the dancers built a con­nec­tion to their song and dance.

“With lyrics as beau­ti­ful as these, it’s so easy to find your­self putting your own past times into the mean­ing of the song, es­pe­cially while con­nect­ing to the song phys­i­cally through dance,” said Amanda Hor­vat, a Grade 12 stu­dent-dancer. “It’s very im­por­tant to have a con­nec­tion to your mu­sic, and this song just hap­pens to be one that you can com­pletely lose your­self in and be ab­so­lutely vul­ner­a­ble to your emo­tions.”

All of the stu­dents’ hard work paid off dur­ing the emo­tion­ally pro­found piece, which left the au­di­ence in awe.

The even­ing be­gan with the mov­ing per­for­mance to the song “Rise Up,” about per­se­ver­ance and strength. The dancers demon­strated pro­fes­sion­al­ism and poise while on­stage.

An­drea Fer­roni, the dance teacher at Car­di­nal New­man, chore­ographed this com­plex piece. She ex­plained her in­flu­ences as fol­lows.

“Ev­ery­one has a story and at some point en­dures phys­i­cal and emo­tional pain. As hu­mans and dancers, we need to reach out to them to show our love and sup­port. My dancers are the artists who bring my vi­sion and the theme to life. I could not be more proud and in­spired by them.”

The dance was meant to in­spire oth­ers to help those who are strug­gling, which suited the fundraiser beau­ti­fully.

This mov­ing per­for­mance was fol­lowed by a fash­ion show with cloth­ing de­signed and made by lo­cal seam­stress, Golden Thim­ble.

The dancers were grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to share their tal­ents and artis­tic story with a com­mu­nity that goes above and be­yond to en­sure that the needs of oth­ers are met.

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