RE's All-School Dance Showcase featured more than 90 dancers in some 60 pieces over two nights at Swenson Hall, offering a delightful deluge of dance that made it clear that RE's dance program under faculty members Desiree Masucci and Bailey Farrell is growing and thriving. The two-night performance concluded with a tribute to the program's graduating eighth graders, each of whom received long-stem roses from their younger peers. Photo Gallery
Masucci, who summoned the dancers to stage for the special recognition, also received a bouquet of roses from her grateful students. The eighth-grade dancers moving to the Upper School include: Emma Arnhols '23, Tamia Beckford '23, Aexandra Boord '23, Grace Burke '23, Mia Albelo Calderon '23, Simone Castro Liberman '23, Elise Echarte' 23, Anabelle Echevarria '23, Lucy Fitzpatrick '23, Alexa Geller '23, Sloane Gittler '23, Mia Gould '23, India Harrelson '23, Lauren Howard '23, Barbie Hyland '23, Sofia Miranda '23, Ivy Rosenberg '23, Kathryn Serra '23, Emily Stern '23, Leila Zaydon '23.
"You were my first class, and I love you so much," said Masucci to the students. "I know you are all going to make us so proud at the Upper School."
The program also said goodbye to graduating seniors Isabella Cofresi '19 and Maggie McDowell '19, who train at the Upper School under Farrell.
The two nights featured an array of pieces choeographed and cast by the students, who also had a say in their costume and lighting choices. They dedicated some of their pieces to an array of non-profit organizations whose causes inspired the works: Breakthrough Miami, National Alliance on Mental Illnes, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Children's Bereavement Center, No More Tears, Rainbow Foundation, Miami Girls Foundation and #Black Girls Magic movement.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.