Dozens of Upper School students came together under the direction of seniors Amber Payne and Lauren Adams for our annual Dance for Life benefit show on March 6-7.

The event raised nearly $4,000 for Dance for Life, a charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education, and prevention, as well as other life-threatening diseases, while promoting the art of dance in Chicago.

MPA students organize, coordinate, choreograph, promote, and produce their own show to raise awareness for the organization. This is the 13th year of the student-run dance show.

PHOTOS

VIDEOS

Dance for Life Benefit Show

March 6-7, 2015

Directed by Amber Payne and Lauren Adams

Act I

“Dance With Me”
Lauren Adams, Sam Bell, Gavin Maloney, Julian Northcross, Amber Payne, and Celeste Phengpumipanit
Choreographed by Amber Payne, Lauren Adams, and Celeste Phengpumipanit

“Twist and Shout”
Nathaniel Nicholes

“Bacahata en Fukuoka”
Berenisse Castillo

“Schoolin’ Life”
Amber Payne

“This is How WE Do It”
MPA Faculty and Staff
Choreographed by Amber Payne

“Take it to the Floor”
Amber Payne, Lauren Adams, and company
Choreographed by Amber Payne and Lauren Adams

Act II

“You Gotta Be”
Amber Payne, Lauren Adams, and Celeste Phengpumipanit

“Indian Medley”
Divya Avula, Shreya Chandra, Adam Cvik, Daniel Jesuthasan, Alana Lay-Phillips, Gavin Maloney, Brittney McKnight, Vincent Oganwu, Justus Pugh, Nina Rathi, Savi Rathi, Daevin Salwan, and Olivia Zigman
Choreographed by Shreya Chandra and Divya Avula

“Werkin’”
Ashley Wilson and Shannie Shelby

“Slow Down”
Lauren Adams

“U Got Me Up”
Nathaniel Nicholes

“The Trumpeter”
Rachel Sheppard
Choreographed by Amber Payne

“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”
Amber Payne, Lauren Adams, Sam Bell, Adam Cvik, Jeffrey Eichinger, Gavin Maloney, Brittney McKnight, Julian Northcross, Isabelle Panozzo, Nina Rathi, Greg Wittenberg, and Olivia Zigman
Choreographed by Amber Payne

“Thriller!”
Amber Payne, Lauren Adams, Celeste Phengpumipanit, and company
Choreographed by Amber Payne and Lauren Adams