The Maine South Dance Company invites the Park Ridge Community to attend their annual show A Night of Broadway on Sunday, May 2 at 7:30PM at the Maine South High School Football Stadium, 1111 N. Dee Road in Park Ridge. Tickets will be available at the door for $7. Masks will be required. The rain date for the performance is set for Saturday, May 8 at 7:30PM.
The Maine South High School Dance Company (MSDC) is comprised of 29 students who have auditioned in order to become a company member. This year, 11 new dancers were added to the company to replace last year’s graduating seniors. Those winning the coveted spots on the company have spent years dancing at local studios and at the Park District. The dancers have worked extremely hard this year, and have shown much grit and perseverance. They started small group in-person rehearsals in October. When all in-person activities at Maine South were canceled in mid-November, the Company switched to online rehearsals until the middle of January, when they were able to return to rehearsing at school.
The Maine South Dance Company is led by Amelia Faulstick, who is in her 16th season with Maine South. She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and has studied with many Chicagoland area dance professionals. Many students who she has directed at Maine South have gone on to become professionals themselves. Miss Amelia said, “Through what has been one of the most difficult years to navigate during my time as the director of this program, it has proven to me that the love for dance can bring us together in many forms. To say I am proud of this group of students would be an understatement. Their entire lives have been flipped upside down over the past year and I am thrilled that I was able to provide them a sense of normalcy and a place where they could share their passion with each other. We are grateful for the amount of support the administration and athletic department at Maine South have shown us to make this outdoor performance possible. We are excited to share this live performance opportunity with the community, that so many of us have been missing since the beginning of the pandemic. Certainly an occasion you don’t want to miss!”
Ms. Faulstick was able to collaborate with some videographers this year in order to provide the dancers with the opportunity to produce a filmed version of some dance numbers. Two of Ms. Faulstick’s assistants, Miss Katie and Miss Maggie, both MSDC alumna, choreographed all of the numbers in the video, and Miss Maggie directed it. This creative approach to a season that might not have included a live show at all was a touchstone for the dancers to stay engaged in dancing and with the dance company.
Every year, the MSDC show has a theme and this year’s theme is A Night of Broadway. Each dance will be done to a song from a Broadway-original play. Some of the dances will feature performances by the entire company, and some will feature smaller groups. Dances have been choreographed by both the student dancers and Ms. Faulstick and the other coaches.
Please join us for this outstanding night of entertainment – the culmination of a year’s worth of creativity, grit, and perseverance after what has been a challenging year for all.