By: Matthias Boursiquot, Rida Ahmed, & Danae Troupe
This group of eight Asian students have been hard at work since last year making dance history. Dance is an important part of each of their lives. Benjamin Jin (10th) says, “When I dance, and I’m up on that stage, it’s a feeling of adrenaline rushing... It’s an amazing experience.” A lot of the other members can attest to this feeling - the same one that makes them feel alive and to even get rid of stress.
"HONESTLY, I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO JOIN THIS CLUB AT FIRST THEN GRACE ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO AND I THOUGHT... WHY NOT? I ENJOY DANCING SO I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY."
-BENJAMIN JIN (10)
While they are all talented individuals, as a troop, they can pull off amazing choreography. Several staff writers had the pleasure of getting a private performance and they all left amazed by the aptitude that the group held as an entirety. They mainly dance Hip-Hop and Kpop but their performances range depending on audience and circumstance. Fellow Northview students can also have the pleasure of viewing them later this year at pep rallies or international night.
A NHS student, Lilly Park (11th) has been a dancer for three years, and in that short amount of time she, as well as another student, Megan Zhang (11), have managed to form their own dance club here at Northview: Re-Flex.
All of the members have had experience dancing in their past, ranging from three to thirteen years. One prominent member, Amy Xu (11) has easily been dancing for the longest among the group, practicing her dancing since the age of three. While most of the dancers prefer Hip-Hop, she actually rehearses contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and even musical theatre.
While their involvement inside the school is critical to their success, they each have separate dance lives outside. Some members take classes or participate in competitions. For others, dancing has some sort of cultural significance for them. Several of these members, such as Grace Song(10) even taught dance to themselves simply from watching others and YouTube videos.
"WE BOTH REALLY LIKED DANCE SO I GUESS WE JUST... MADE THE CLUB. WE WANTED TO MAKE A COMMUNITY IN THIS SCHOOL WHERE WE CAN DANCE WITH OTHER PEOPLE." - MEGAN ZHANG (11)