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West Orange High School Dance Performs "Diverse Voices"

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Second Annual West Orange High School dance program, held at West Orange High School on Feb. 21, highlighted the talents of students in a variety of dance forms and styles.


The dance program has grown into a full four-year program under the leadership of teacher Melissa Sande, and students have developed into trained dancers. Several of the performances were choreographed by the students themselves, and the theme of the evening, "Diverse Voices," reflected the diversity of the students - and the world - culturally, racially, and philosophically.


Classical dance, modern dance, African dance, Latino dance, and hip-hop were part of the program, which also aligns with curriculum requirements for graduation. In fact, students that continue through the AP dance programs can receive up to five college credits.


Sound and lighting by Lauren Grof-Tisza enhanced the experience and helped set the tone for the music and performances.



"The dance program was incredible," said Principal Hayden Moore.


"I am so proud of our students and of all their hard work. They represented the spirit of diversity that is part of West Orange High School well."


View all the photos from "Diverse Voices" here.


Click here to view the program.


Diverse Voices

 Jonathan Najera.

 Diverse Voices

 The team takes a bow.

 Diverse Voices

 Supervisor of Fine Arts Lou Quagliato, Melissa Sande, Principal Hayden Moore.

Cynthia Cumming
Feb. 23, 2019