Showtime: Nevada Union Theatrical Dance presents ‘On Broadway’ this weekend (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)
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What: Nevada Union Theatrical Dance presents ‘On Broadway’ show
When: 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m on Sunday. 7 p.m. on May 3 and 4.
Where: Nevada Union High School
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There’s often a stigma associated with men who dance. Nevada Union High School senior Nathaniel Lee felt pressured not to dance even when he started his junior year. Now, he’ll be performing in about 14 dance routines in his high school’s “On Broadway’” show for the next two weekends.
“Being in (dance), it was really fun and it challenged myself,” he said.
Lee — who said he’s one of three male performers — will be participating in Nevada Union’s largest dance show of the year, with over 100 beginner, intermediate and advanced dance students.
Students have been preparing for “On Broadway” since January during and outside of school, said Courtney Wadman. The Nevada Union dance teacher has had guest choreographers locally and from around the country come to prepare dancers for the show.
For each of the 26 dance routines, Wadman has tried to include a variation of dance styles match old and new Broadway shows, including Les Miserables, Chicago and Hamilton.
“My goal of the show is to have multiple styles of dance,” said Wadman. “So we want to include tap, modern, jazz, musical theater, hip-hop — we have a mix of things.”
Wadman chose the theme of each dance routine, and collaborated with choreographers to determine what Broadway shows matched appropriately, she said.
To prepare her dancers for the show, last October Nevada Union dancers flew to New York to see Broadway shows and took a master class from Broadway cast members.
Lee, who didn’t attend the trip, said his favorite show routine to perform is Hamilton because of its ability to educate the audience.
“It’s going back to the colonial age and showing history,” he said.
A DANCING LIFE
Far from alienation, Lee has come to feel like his dancing peers are family. Possibly as a result, he has begun more deeply incorporating the activity in his life.
Since his junior year, he has taken as many dance classes as possible at Nevada Union, Lee said. He hopes to take dance classes in college, and to participate in dance companies as well. His peers and teachers have encouraged him to continue.
“They have told me that I have improved like crazy,” he said.
In preparing for the two act show, Lee doesn’t want boys to feel too intimated not to dance.
“(The dance teachers) are eager to get more dudes in — so join,” he said.
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