Wake Up and Dream: Mission Dance Company Dazzles
By Melissa McKenzie
From hip hop to ballroom, 14 beautifully crafted dance numbers made up the Mission Dance Company’s Wake Up and Dream performance - a showcase of Mission College’s dance faculty and students.
With performances at West Valley College on Dec. 12 and 13, members of the Mission Dance Company dazzled the theater, bringing their passion to life on stage.
Opening with a ballet-inspired number, “L’Arlesenne,” choreographed by Mission College advisor and instructor Brenna Wundram, Linh Nguyen, Shiany Oemardani and Jessica Yang, the performance switched to a modern routine, “Demons” choreographed by Melanie Bradley and Andrea Giordano.
A stripped down, almost sung-in-a-bathroom Jesse J. cover by Emily Kristin Morris set the musical backdrop for “Signs of Strength,” an emotional journey choreographed by San Mateo College instructor Denaya Dailey and additional dancers. Combining modern-jazz styles, in front of a naked set, the performers left the audience in awe.
The simplicity and poignancy of “Signs of Strength” was followed by an upbeat hip hop routine...
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