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The Norfolk Academy Dance Team drew rave reviews from both students and families in its return to stage performances.

The dance team performed its Fall Concert, titled One Tribe, for Upper School students on October 26. The dancers then performed for families on October 29, immediately before a special show during halftime of that night's varsity football game. Their final performance was for Middle School on November 2.

All three shows were in Johnson Theater. Because of Covid safety precautions, no concerts were held in the theater during the 2020-21 school year; dancers' concerts were filmed so audiences could later watch virtually.

Dance Master Elbert Watson directed the fall concert. As he said in his director's note, it was inspired by the lyrics of the song One Tribe by the Black Eyed Peas, a salute to the beauty of our Year of Togetherness on campus.

“We are Bulldogs, we are citizens of the world," Mr. Watson wrote. “Human, devoted to the betterment of each other. One Tribe."

The concert included nine dances, including one choreographed by senior Madalyn Mejia. Another involved a solo performance by senior Jack Tignor. 

Twelve students danced during the concert, including three seniors: Mejia, Tignor, and Keira Mann. Mejia is the team captain.

Suzy Gunn '01 is the assistant dance director. Rob Fleenor was technical director, with senior Averell Stith handling lights.    

Anyone unable to watch the concert live can view a recording on the Norfolk Academy website

The Norfolk Academy Dance Team performed its Fall Concert, One Tribe, for audiences in late October and early November.

The Norfolk Academy Dance Team performed its Fall Concert, One Tribe, for audiences in late October and early November in 2021.

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Dean Solomon