On a moderate Sunday afternoon, families, friends, and supporters gathered at Cass Technical High School for the Living Arts 20th Annual Student Showcase. The program opened with Program Manager, Zack Bissell, who welcomed the audience and thanked the event’s supporters.
A culmination of the 2018-2019 season of programming through the Out-of-School Arts (OSA) program, Showcase featured a mix of dance, visual arts, video animation, and music composition. The program featured a special guest performance by Ballet Folkórico de Detroit and an intermission performance by Mariachi Femeníl de Detroit.
In total, there were 26 performances featuring over 100 dancers in jazz, tap, modern, ballet, hip hop, house, ballet folkórico, tumbling, and karate. Just outside the theater was an art exhibition featuring sculpture, painting, and other 2D and 3D artwork by students. Students rage from ages 0-18 in the OSA program, so Sunday’s roster included work from toddlers through young adults.
With the guidance of professional artists, musicians, dancers, and choreographers, it is no wonder the caliber of talent featured at Showcase!
Closing remarks by Dance Program Director, Marianne Brass included a special thanks to Living Arts’ Co-founder Christine Allen-Carson as well as special recognition to graduating seniors Carolina Anaya, Diamond Davis, Alexis Harris, Andrea Hinojosa, Jeimy Lopez, and Xalma Palomino. A final acknowledgement given to all the teaching artists, parents and caregivers, families, and supporters closed out the evening.
Congratulations to all participants in the 2018-2019 season!