Maryland’s Howard High School Holds Winter Dance Concert
Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, rang in the holiday season with their Winter Dance Concert 2014. The event gave the students a fun and inclusive way to show off their talents as well as their holiday cheer.
Sara Crisera, a member of the school’s dance department, wrote that the event featured different classes performing different types of dance. “Our event…is a dance concert for the entire dance department at Howard High School,” she wrote. “Each class performs several pieces of dance choreography involving tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary.”
The school’s focus on extracurricular activities such as dance highlights the school’s mission to hone students’ ability to stay curious about the world around them and the cultures that make up our society. To quote part of the school’s mission statement, “it is the mission of Howard High School to cultivate an environment of collaboration, empowerment, and engagement that exhibits world-class support for staff and inspires students to thrive in a dynamic world.” The focus on activities also helps the school, as its profile states, “enhance the achievement of all students in all student groups.”
To promote the then-upcoming dance, Crisera wrote that in-school marketing was the main tactic. “I got the word out using posters in the school, announcements in school, e-mails to parents, advertising on my web page, and word of mouth,” she wrote. The ticket link for the event through TicketRiver was also posted to the school’s front page of its website, providing easy access to tickets for students, teachers, and parents who were interested in attending.
The event was a big success for Crisera and the school. “It was awesome!” she wrote. “[It] couldn’t have been better.” Thankfully, there were no surprises that created hiccups for the event. “We don’t like that in the performing arts!” wrote Crisera. But there were tons of fun moments to be found throughout the performance. “The highlight of the event was the culmination of the artistry of the choreography with the lights, costumes, and make-up,” she wrote.
Like many of our customers, Crisera advises those that are planning an event to start working on it well in advance of the actual event date. “Plan many months in advance,” she wrote. “There are so many pieces and parts of a huge event like this.”