Saint Mary's School News

Orchesis members in D.C. for Alvin Ailey

Over the weekend of Feb. 7-9, 2020, 23 members of the Orchesis Dance Theater, along with dance instructors Lisa Yount and Michelle Pearson headed off to Washington D.C. for a delightful two-night trip.

The group left Friday morning and spent their first day discovering Georgetown and sightseeing at the Georgetown Harbor. The day concluded with dinner all together at a Mexican restaurant right next to the ice-skating rink.

Saturday was perhaps the most exciting part of the trip as the group had the honor of seeing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform its world famous “Revelations” along with two other pieces, “Busk” and “Ode.” The show was an amazing way to end Orchesis’ study of “Revelations,” especially considering the fall Orchesis concert featured a piece from Alvin Ailey’s very own repertoire: “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.”

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for over 25 million people, and their piece “Revelations” is the most well-known work of choreography worldwide. The Alvin Ailey company has been very influential in the lives of many as it was founded as a dance company for people of color. Today, Alvin Ailey is a symbol of diversity and the overcoming of adversity.

Members of Orchesis were so grateful to have seen such an influential and meaningful dance company perform, and will continue to increase their understanding of the company. The trip not only helped inspire the young dancers in Orchesis, but also brought everyone closer together as they bonded during the trip.

Each member of the trip had an amazing experience, and Orchesis is sure to take another one in the near future, perhaps next time to the Big Apple!