Spirit Week: In A Time Machine

Generations Day took place on the third day of Spirit Week and featured dances based on the generations

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Anna Jones

Being lifted in a moshpit of seniors during the seniors’ ‘80s inspired Generations Dance, dance senior Courtney Pirozzi raises her hands during A-ha’s “Take On Me.”

Veronica Longoria, Writer

Bright neon leggings, white Go-Go boots, leather jackets, and bell bottoms fill hallways and grass fields as students walk to their classes, take pictures, and perform on the third day of Spirit Week. 

Generations Day has been a Spirit Week tradition where freshmen curate their outfits around 1950’s inspired fashion, sophomores around 1960s, juniors around 1970s, and seniors around 1980s. This day also includes a dance performance choreographed and performed by each grade level in the gym during lunch. Each dance’s music pulls from popular tunes and dance styles from the time period. 

 

Freshmen ‘50s

Dance freshman Soph Izenwasser (left) and theatre freshman Satya Hamilton (right) grab hands in friendship during their ‘60s themed dance.
(Caitlin Villacrusis)

“I love the energy. Everyone is so excited and doing the dance just felt so good,” dance freshman Addison Gedeon said. “I’m excited to recreate and get inspiration from (the other dances).”

“We did a lot of rehearsals, especially all this week. We’ve been working on it for months,” dance freshman Isabella Gonzalez said. “I’m excited about dressing up (and) getting to know more people so we’re more comfortable around each other, and dancing together (in future years).”

“The dance and practices were so much fun with everyone. We were inclusive and (had) fun,” digital freshman Leah Gonzalez said. “It’s nice being able to see it in person and not in YouTube videos.”

 

Sophomores ‘60s

The sophomores form a line behind vocal sophomore Angelina Castillo in their ‘60s-inspired dance. (Caitlin Villacrusis)

“(I watched) music videos and choreography of songs that were in the ‘60s, and (got) the general feel,” vocal sophomore and choreographer Aileen Pereda said. “I love seeing everybody together and the competitiveness, but it’s still a friendly competition.”

“We had to schedule as many practices as we could because there were a lot of previous obligations. We couldn’t choreograph it as a group, so we made sure we had enough practice time and sent videos so we could all get it down,” vocal sophomore Lilyadny De Leon said. “I like seeing everyone’s costumes. It’s so cool to look around and see the different decades.”

“One day I decided I wanted to be John Lennon with Emily Singer as Yoko Ono, and then I just did it,” communications sophomore Eduardo Culmer said. “I’m really excited to get more pictures to interact with more of the seniors because (they) all look so good. It’s been a fun day.”

 

Juniors ‘70s

Dance junior Emily Jones dons flare jeans while performing in the juniors’ ‘70s dance. (Anna Jones)

“I got to perform in the generation dance which is my favorite part because it was fun to go and dance my heart out in front of the whole school,” communications junior Dakota Moss said. “I figure skate and I am skating to the song ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and my coach (gave) me a bunch of different costumes to choose from. They were all ‘70s themed, and today I happened to wear one she made.”

“My favorite part of Generations Day is not only dressing up but seeing the group’s progress. I love the dances (and) how they always get better when years go by,” vocal junior Daniella Salazar said. “You see the school spirit building up as you go through the grades.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seniors ‘80s

Seniors form a human tunnel during their ‘80s Generations Dance.
(Anna Jones)

What inspired my outfit was the 1980s dance aerobics, bright colors, positive attitudes, headbands, and sweatbands,” band senior Jonathan Tordi said. “I think there’s a lot of really good contenders out there this year. I’m excited that we’re leaving a legacy behind for future students, I’m hoping to give it our all this year.”

“We started by picking songs, and then we researched them and made sure that they were made in the ‘80s. Once we finished that, we started picking out the sequence of the songs and what order they were (going to) go in, and then we started choreographing,” dance senior Emma Jaffe said. “​​We’ve worked really, really hard to get this all together and seeing everyone be very dedicated to learning it and picking it up and see(ing) everyone be so excited to watch the dances is the best part.”

“(It’s a) fun time to be with peers and see everyone supporting every major and grade level,” theatre senior Camila Manrique said. “I’m actually sad because, as a freshman, I always wanted to do the final spirit week dressed as goth and be in the ‘80s, but now that is the last one, (it’s) sad.”

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  • Dance sophomore Anna Sofia Machado strikes a pose with one hand in the air as “It’s My Party” by Lesley Core plays through the gym.

  • A group of freshmen shimmy up and down in a line facing both sides of the gym for part of their ‘50s generation dance.

  • Smiling for the camera, vocal junior Jacqueline Alvarado (top) and visual junior Julian Leyva (bottom) pose for pictures on the field after the Generation Dances.

  • Jogging out at the end of the routine, dance senior Madison McVey celebrates the seniors’ final Generation Dance.

  • Wearing neon blue and pink jazzercise gear, dance senior Jaqueline Albanese jams out during the seniors’ ‘80s-themed jazzercise dance class.

  • Performing in her third Generation Dance, dance senior Lauren Hopta poses as part of their jazzercise routine.

  • Decked out in neon accessories, dance senior Savanna Bourque performs in the seniors’ Generation Dance.

  • Grooving on the floor, dance junior Madison Hollingshed boogies to ‘70s themed music during the juniors’ Generation Dance.

  • Striking a far out pose, theatre junior Mary Keith performs in the juniors’ ‘70s themed Generations Dance.

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