Northwest Middle School Students Showcase their Dance Moves
Northwest Middle School held their annual Celebration of Dance in March. Approximately 250 students participated. It was an extravaganza of multi-cultural dance genres such as Latin, African, Polynesian, Bollywood, hip hop, swing, and modern. The auditorium was packed with family and friends.
Dance teacher Natosha Washington has facilitated Northwest’s Celebration of Dance for the last five years. Washington’s passion for dance has had an energizing impact on Northwest Middle School students. Many of the dances were choreographed by the students themselves. To prepare for the performance, student dancers must commit to practicing two hours daily for close to three weeks.
Washington discovered her love of dance when she sustained an injury during college and could no longer participate in sports. Washington changed her major and dance became her focus. Although Washington has performed many times, she loves choreography and teaching dance the most. She was co-director of a local dance company called RawMoves for twelve years and most recently has begun her own dance company called The Penguin Lady.
Washington’s desire is for the students to leave the Celebration of Dance experience with increased confidence, newly developed friendships, improved communication skills, and acknowledged self-acceptance. Students feel proud of the work they’ve done and are eager to perform. Parents are given the opportunity to see another side of their child.
Author: Rebecca Stewart, Northwest Middle School