These guys continue to amaze! Looks like the audience is totally “into” the show!
We continue to enjoy the fantastic photos provided by our photomaster, Tom Connor! He never fails to deliver unique and special photos that truly are worth a thousand words. Thanks Tom.
Before we wrap up today’s activities, I’d like to take a moment to talk about our wonderful music and dance coordinators. We give so much attention to the kids’ performance (and rightly so!), but none of this would be possible without the dedication and efforts of two very special people: Meg Van Dyck and Mike Roberts. Let me introduce them to you now:
Meg Van Dyck is the JE Dance/Movement Director. This is her first year with Journey East. Meg is a professional dancer who has worked as a Modern Dance, Ballet, and Hip Hop Instructor, as well as a choreographer for FLS International in Boston and Theater of Dreams Performance Group in New York City. She has also danced with Sorvino Dance Project in Massachusetts and Dodge Dance Company in New York City. Meg has been very excited to work with Mike to combine live music with movement. Modern dance, principles of choreography, weight-sharing, interpretative hip hop and prop dance are just some of the techniques Meg is teaching the Journey East students, most of whom have had no formal dance training.
Mike Roberts is the JE Musical Director. He is a multitalented musician/songwriter who has lived in both Mongolia and, most recently, in Inner Mongolia (he speaks Mongolian!). Mike says that “this a show that our kids will be proud of and that should really engage our Chinese and Mongolian friends.’ “We really look forward to reconnecting with the students and teachers from Inner Mongolia who were here last Fall and can’t wait to collaborate with them during our stay in Hohhot.”
These two fantastic people have brought so much passion, energy, style, and creativity to this journey’s performance. We can’t thank them enough for all of their time and effort in helping these kids grow, personally and collectively, and guiding them throughout this semester-long endeavor.
So let’s do a huge “tip o’ the hat” (Do any of you remember Smokey Stover comics?) to both Meg and Mike. Come on, now, let’s raise the roof! Yeah, that’s it. Keep it going, Yeah.!
Okay, okay . . . OKAY, that’s enough. Whoa. You all get carried away easily, don’t you? Very nice. Thanks Meg and Mike!
One last photo of Tom presenting the college with a Vermont State flag. Very cool.
Okay, everybody. Things are winding down in Hohhot. Just a couple more days to go. Farewell banquet coming up, which is always a huge event. And then it is off to Shanghai for the return trip home.
Another beautiful day in Vermont. Enjoy!