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AVPA Dance is Pushing the Envelope

When Culver City High School’s Danger Zone Dance Project considers “pushing the envelope,” you can’t be certain of what they’ll come up with. Known for their creative dance theater work, the dance students and faculty of CCHS’ Academy of Visual and Performing Arts are back to their old tricks; inventing new, lively, and imaginative dance for the Frost stage. Now a tradition, the Danger Zone Dance Project “Pushing The Envelope” concert will feature dances seamlessly woven together with unique theatrical transitions, creating a singular evening of dance theater. “Pushing The Envelope” will be performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 16, 17, and 18, at 7:00 PM, and on Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 PM, in the Robert Frost Auditorium, 4401 Elenda, in Culver City, on the campus of Culver City High School. Admission is $12 general and $8 ASB, faculty, seniors, and children under 12. Tickets are available at the door before the concert.

“The students’ choreography is really the highlight of the evening,” explains Julie Carson, Artistic Director of Dance for the AVPA. “We have several seniors who have been working for 2, 3, and 4 years on their dancemaking. Their work is unique and very exciting.” In addition to the students, this year’s concert will also feature the work of two of the dance department’s bright and shining faculty members, Becca Cousineau and Sadie Yarrington. Becca’s work with both beginning and advanced students has become one of the highpoints of the AVPA dance concert, and Sadie Yarrington (3rd year dance faculty) brings new ideas, including partnering technique, that have been eagerly devoured by her students.

“Pushing The Envelope” will include two of the outstanding dances that were presented in the AVPA’s “Big Show,” an evening of art presented last December, throughout the entire Frost complex. These impressive dances will be performed in the audience-section of the Frost, as well as the lighting booth. An evening jam-packed full of original dances that are thrilling, thought provoking, humorous, and poignant; don’t miss this event of energy and excitement, movement and stillness, that, naturally, pushes the envelope.

Photo:   Senior Justin Pineda rehearses dancers for “4:00 AM Wilderness” performed in the Frost audience for CCHS’ Danger Zone Dance Company’s “Pushing the Envelope”

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