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Editorial: RHS dance show is worth checking out

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There might not be a better showcase of Rosemount High School students' creativity than the school's annual dance show.

Plays and concerts show off artistic ability, but students' are working with scripts and sheet music. Art shows give students creative freedom, but not the large-scale stage on which to show it off. Even the performance put on each year by the school's Modern Dance Company -- a similar production in many ways -- doesn't have quite the same scale as the show that will be on stage this weekend at the RHS Performing Arts Center.

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This year's dance show will feature 24 pieces, 22 of which have been choreographed by students. Students conceived of the ideas, chose their dancers and worked with them until everything was ready for an audience.

This show succeeds or fails based on the work students are willing to put into it.

That's no small task, and as usual students have come through with flying colors.

There is no clear theme to this year's show. Modern dance bumps up against hip hop, which rubs shoulders with a large-group tap number performed in front of a screen on which a scene from the movie Napoleon Dynamite is being projected. And that's all before the show is 45 minutes old.

Some of the pieces have personal meaning. Some are just about the joy of dancing. They are all pretty impressive. If you've got the time this weekend, they're worth checking out.

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