Hill Cen­tral School shows its tal­ents

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - KICKOFF - By Brian Zahn brian.zahn@hearst­medi­act.com

NEW HAVEN — An­abela Sette, a third-grade teacher at Hill Cen­tral School, said she was con­fi­dent that Wed­nes­day would rate as “the most ex­cit­ing day of the year” for the school’s stu­dents.

Sette has for three years pro­duced and di­rected a tal­ent show at the school where stu­dents have an op­por­tu­nity to show their class­mates what they can do.

Sec­ond-graders Elvin Mer­cado and Ya­clynn Vazquez started bounc­ing when ex­press­ing their ex­cite­ment. Class­mate Analis Kirk said she also was ex­cited be­cause a tal­ent show meant some­one would win.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to have fun and en­joy,” said Prin­ci­pal Jaime Ramos. “Every­one here has a lot of courage to get up here and per­form for you.”

As third-graders Jayda Moore, Ken­nidy Howard, Unique Wash­ing­ton, Nashe­ley Mootie and Kyleigh Lan­g­ley per­formed a dance rou­tine to a song by singer Nicki Mi­naj, Kyleigh’s fa­ther and grand­fa­ther were among par­ents in the au­di­ence cheer­ing her on.

“She’s re­ally com­ing out of her shell,” said her fa­ther, Charles Lan­g­ley.

Her grand­fa­ther Fur­man Lan­g­ley said it was her sec­ond time per­form­ing a dance in the tal­ent show, and he’s no­ticed how she’s “com­ing out of her shy­ness.”

Many of the 17 acts fea­tured stu­dents per­form­ing dance rou­tines, some in groups and others solo — such as third-grader Isa­iah Sin­gle­ton, who per­formed a dance rou­tine to “I Feel Good” by James Brown in the style of the late funk singer. Many of the dances were pep­pered with “the floss dance,” ar­guably the big­gest dance craze among youth this year.

Stu­dent Key­onna Yancey Wil­liams, jump­ing up and down as she belted “Let It Go” from the Dis­ney movie “Frozen,” en­cour­aged au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, ask­ing the stu­dents to sing it with her be­fore the cho­rus. One stu­dent, fifth-grader Janeylis Soto, per­formed an orig­i­nal song.

Em­cee Os­car Ne­varez, a lo­cal rap­per known on stage as O da Hustler, re­minded stu­dents in be­tween acts to fol­low their dreams and to stay true to them­selves.

Seven 10th-grade dance ma­jors from Co­op­er­a­tive Arts and Hu­man­i­ties High School opened the show with a dance rou­tine un­der the guid­ance of veteran dance teacher Chris­tine Ker­shaw-Hob­son.

“I think (ex­po­sure to dance) gives the stu­dents an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the arts early on,” said Ker­shawHob­son. “It’s about un­der­stand­ing how the arts makes you feel and how it ap­plies to an au­di­ence.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, she said, tal­ent shows can at least teach stu­dents how to be a good au­di­ence mem­ber.

Arnold Gold / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Third-grader Yaretzi Noh­pal Te­mazatzi per­forms a hip-hop dance num­ber at the Hill Cen­tral School Tal­ent Show in New Haven on Wed­nes­day.

Sec­ond-graders Neishalie Ser­rano, left, and Ja’Ana But­ler per­form in a dance/gym­nas­tics rou­tine.

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