In the video below, a dance team from Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet, Illinois perform an unexpected routine for their high school pep rally. At the beginning, everything looks normal. The girls wear their usual black leotards and have their hair pulled back in tight buns. It looks like they’re going to perform a typical routine just like they normally do. But then the dance begins… and there’s no music. The entire routine is performed to spoken word.
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The piece, by John Jorgenson, is all about fear. The poem begins, “I used to be afraid of tomorrow” and continues to discuss fear of opinions, of failure… All the while, the dancers move in a military style, illustrating the powerful words with their gorgeous movements.
Then, at about 1:25, there’s an incredible transformation! The girls are suddenly in white dresses as the tone of the poem changes: “What room does fear have when I lean on hope? What room does fear have… when I take hold of inspiration, explore possibility, and step into freedom? What room does fear have when I discover strength?”
“We are incredibly proud of these amazing dancers” says the caption on the YouTube video. “Their strength, talents, joy, time, spirit, heart and translation through art.”
Check out the incredible dance routine below.
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