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Students at the Berkeley Institute are to take the stage in a concert that should appeal to dance lovers of all types.

‘Where is the Love?’ will feature ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, hip hop, dance hall and dance fusion performances.

About 80 students will participate in the show, which is planned for next weekend.

“The students came up with the name, they wanted to do something that brings the community together,” said director Nikia Manders. “All students who take dance at the Berkeley are participating and they are showcasing GCSE work. About 20 students will be taking the AQA Dance GCSE this year and some of the material that they will be sending off for their exams will be performed.”

All that’s needed is community support, Ms Manders added.

“Part of the proceeds will go towards the five Berkeley students who are going to the National High School Dance Festival in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts. They will be taking classes and doing auditions for scholarships and summer programmes. It will be at least 1,500 students from different schools around the world, but mostly from the United States.”

The programme is part of a greater effort, she added.

”At the Berkeley Institute we aspire to expose our students to world-class experiences and to become leaders in both the local and global communities. The dance students are the guiding force of the programme and play an intricate part of its future developments.”

Sierra Spencer, 17, will dance in the upcoming concert.

“Dance is something I like to do so I don’t look at it as a task,” she said. “I’ve been dancing since I was four. I started out at UDP (United Dance Productions) so I’ve done everything, but hip hop is my favourite. I also am a leader of my own dance group, Diverse Conception, along with three other girls.”

Zakiya Furbert, also 17, is eager to play her part in making this year’s show special.

“I feel this is going to be a really good show,” she said.

“There are so many different style of dancing, like ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, and everybody is working hard to put on a good show. My favourites are hip hop and tap. I’ve been dancing since I was six or seven. I will be choreographing and dancing.”

‘Where is the Love?’ takes place in the school’s cafetorium on Friday, March 2 at 7pm and March 3 at 2pm and 7pm.

General admission is $15; patrons tickets are $30. The school is also accepting donor contributions starting at $100.

To purchase tickets contact Ms Manders: nimanders[AT] or 292-4752 extension 1373.

Berkeley hosting second annual dance concert (Photo by Mark Tatem)
Berkeley hosting second annual dance concert (Photo by Mark Tatem)
Berkeley hosting second annual dance concert (Photo by Mark Tatem)
(Photo by Mark Tatem) Berkeley students rehearse ahead of next weekend?s second annual dance concert.
(Photo by Mark Tatem) Berkeley students practice for next weekend?s second annual dance concert
Berkeley hosting second annual dance concert (Photo by Mark Tatem)
(Photo by Mark Tatem) Berkeley students practise ahead of next weekend?s dance concert.

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Published February 22, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 22, 2012 at 7:39 am)

Berkeley Institute to stage second dance concert

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