‘Video Vibes’ prompts students’ urge to dance

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Stella Hall

Students performing to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” video in the Interim Term class “Video Vibes.”

Stella Hall, Contributor

Fourteen students did the zombie shuffle across the stage.

They performed the move after stomping and twisting during choreography to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller,” which was being played as part of their Interim Term class. 

In “Video Vibes,” a class taught by Mrs. Mary Cable, Upper School dance teacher, students learn music video choreography of the all-time greats.

“It’s a lot more about having fun while learning… It’s more of a relaxed environment,” said junior Alice Ma, a student in the class. Ma is also a performer in the school’s Dance Company.

Dancers in the class said their peers are super supportive, encouraging and love the environment created in the room.

“It’s a really fun class, no matter how much experience you have,” Mason Thenor said. “You could be the worst dancer here, but you’re going to feel like an amazing dancer.”

Mrs. Cable has worked really hard to create the fun and welcoming ambiance in the class. She shifted from a traditional focus on perfection to finding dancers’ passion for their movement. 

“I want the students just to enjoy it and not feel like they’re getting criticized… just keeping it fun, and keeping them moving,” she said.

Not only is Mrs. Cable’s class fun, but it’s culturally important as well. 

“A lot of what we’re seeing today and the dance trends, especially right now with TikTok, are heavily influenced by the music videos of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s.” 

By learning the moves and dances of the past, the students learned more about current dance styles and their origins.

Mrs. Cable taught a variety of iconic music videos, including “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson, “Oops I did it Again” by Britney Spears, “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé, and much more.

Thenor said his favorite was “Rhythm Nation.” 

“I love Rhythm Nation. I still do the choreography,” he enthused. Thenor was spotted  practicing “Rhythm Nation” Monday night before rehearsing for the Upper School musical.

“It was very empowering, and it felt good to dance with everyone,” Ma said. “There’s absolutely no pressure and no expectations. It’s just a great time to be with your friends, have fun, and learn iconic dance moves.”