PDS Dance Concert, “PDS Dances,” Returns to McAneny Theater

Reporting by Ann Robideaux

After three years, the Princeton Day School Dance Program, “PDS Dances,” returned to McAneny Theater on April 7th with a stunning program that showcased PDS’ talented students and celebrated a return to witnessing art in motion. 

Ann Robideaux, Theater and Dance Program Coordinator and Middle/Upper School Dance teacher, explained the powerful impact of the concert on performers and audience members. She says, “Everyone was elated to perform on the PDS stage this year after making dance films in bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms in lieu of a concert for three academic years. There's really nothing else like performing along with designed sound and lighting in front of a live audience.” 

Robideux went on to explain how dance classes informed this year’s recital with themes focusing on the element of spatial boundaries. She explains, “We explored six foot distances in space, to physical barriers, to learning to reconnect and negotiate the space together.” 

Reflecting on the evening, Robideux was impressed with the advanced level of skill and professionalism her students brought to the stage: “This was the first year that Middle School dancers presented more than one piece, which is a testament to how that division has built up the dance program. Our Upper School dancers seem to increase in talent level each year. Several dancers performed with the highest level of technique. Apart from technical skill, many dancers are courageous budding choreographers sharing meaningful statements with solos, duets and trios through movement.”

For more information about the performances, please view the PDS Dances program from the evening of the concert. Additionally, please enjoy these photos from each performance, and stay turned for a video of the dance concert coming soon!

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