Every Tuesday and Thursday after school, dance students at Arlington Heights High School can be found practicing their combinations and perfecting turns in the dance hall.
These dancers are a part of the school’s Repertory Dance Company, a dance group aimed at students seeking a career in dance that performs at various festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Arlington Height’s Repertory Company joined other FWISD schools in trying to bring more awareness to their student dance programs. They did this by hosting a Dance Showcase at Arlington Heights High School Feb 27.
The Dance Showcase hosted nine FWISD middle and high schools, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre group: Encore!
Each school performed one or two dances of their choice in front of an audience of over 100 community members.
“It was pretty interesting to see all the different styles of dancing from all around Fort Worth ISD which normally we don’t always get to see,” said Lily Hendricks, senior Repertory Company member. “And they performed really well and all had really good energy.”
Gary Clark, senior Repertory Company member, said the showcase allowed student dancers to show their talents.
“Many people don’t realize how good all our dance teams really are,” said Clark. “I guess it’s a great way to get exposure and to get everyone to come and see what dances are really all about.”
Rachel Wade, Arlington Height High School Dance Director, said the Dance Show was created when FWISD teachers got together and decided they wanted to make the community more aware of the opportunities kids have to dance in high school and the positive effects dance has on their self-confidence.
“I think we have some really talented kids and they work really hard,” Wade said. “I want the people in the community to know what’s going on here at Heights, and the other high schools too, that there are thriving dance programs in Fort Worth ISD.”