Student Dance Show Raises Thousands for Charity

Dozens of Morgan Park Academy students came together under the direction of senior Nate Nicholes and freshman Rachel Sheppard for our annual Dance for Life benefit show on March 2-3.

The event raised more than $2,000 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 support the organization. This is the 16th year of the student-run dance show.



Dance for Life
March 2-3, 2018

Directors: Nate Nicholes and Rachel Sheppard
Assistant Director: Ximena Zuleta
Choreographers: Airin Beals, Nate Nicholes, and Rachel Sheppard


Teacher Dance
“The Greatest Showman Introduction” by Hugh Jackman and
“Finesse” by Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
Mrs. Arnold, Ms. Boarden, Mrs. Bowles, Ms. Carrillo, Mrs. Drown, Sra. Harris, Mme. Haskins, Mr. Reedy, and Mrs. Sheppard

Nate Nicholes, Rachel Sheppard, Alexus Spann, Elijah Moss

Step Routine
“Ric Flair Drip” by 21 Savage
Aiyana Nelson, Kennedy Olguin, LaDaeja Orr

Pass That Dutch
“Pass That Dutch” by Missy Elliott
Nate Nicholes and Danae Hillard

Floriko Dance
Itzel Martinez and Cristian Washington

K-Pop Dance
“Mic Drop” by BTS
Angela Cabrera, Murphy Chen, Abbey Haynes, Alice Liang

Grown Woman
“Grown Woman” by Beyonce
Tiffany Blandin

Hip Hop
Danae Hillard, Drew Hunt, Maya Kamin, Nate Nicholes, Kennedy Olguin, LaDaeja Orr, Maryn Robinson, Rachel Sheppard, Alexus Spann, Shamariah White


Pity Talk
“Pity Talk” by Maya Lopez
Samaria Harris
Maya Lopez (vocals), David Valentine (drums), Annika Echols (bass), Angela Cabrera (piano), Olga Mourgelas (guitar)

The Gold Fairy Variation
“The Gold Fairy”
Rachel Sheppard

Beyonce and Nicki Minaj Medley
Nate Nicholes

Traditional Chinese Dance
Murphy Chen, Olivia Kowalsky, Alice Liang, Ximena Zuleta

Missy Elliott Tribute
Tiffany Blandin, Nate Nicholes, Rachel Sheppard

“Promise” and “Suavemente”
Ximena Zuleta and Charles Hendon, Isis Rodriguez and Elijah Moss, Samaria Harris and Murphy Chen, Celeste Kettaneh and Joshua Jimenez, Angela Cabrera and David Valentine, Dev Desai and Julie Zigman

“Jump” by Kris Kross
Nate Nicholes and Rachel Sheppard

Majorette Dance
Danae Hillard, Nate Nicholes, Alexus Spann

“Black or White” by Michael Jackson
Angela Cabrera, Murphy Chen, Sofie Clute, Andrew Delaney, Chantal Garcia, Samaria Harris, Zara Hashmi, Charles Hendon, Danae Hillard, Drew Hunt, Maya Kamin, India Lopez, Maya Lopez, Alice Liang, Kennedy Olguin, LaDaeja Orr, Kaihla Ozuruigbo-Anderson, Maryn Robinson, Alexus Spann, Shamariah White

Special Thanks: Mrs. Sheppard, Ms. Concannon, Mrs. Bergin, Mr. Wendell, the Cabrera Family
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