So, you think your school can dance? (19 photos & video)

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So, you think your school can dance? (19 photos & video)

Caitlin Hurst

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Dancers perform a variety of performaces at the Buena Dance Concert to help fundraise for the Buena Dance Team. Photo Credit: Chrissy Springer/The Foothill Dragon Press

Dancers perform a variety of performaces at the Buena Dance Concert to help fundraise for the Buena Dance Team. Photo Credit: Chrissy Springer/The Foothill Dragon Press

Behind the heavy sapphire curtain, excited dancers giggled, joked and did the robot as they prepared for their moment in the spotlight.

On February 4, Buena’s annual dance concert brought together performers from schools and studios all over Ventura County.

The show was a fundraiser for Buena High School’s dance team, but also featured dancers from Ventura, Oxnard, and Pacifica high schools, MacKinnon Dance Academy and All American Ballet.

Each dance team brought their own creative flair and style to the concert. From Bollywood to ballet, hip-hop to highland, and everything in between, the show left nothing to be desired.

However, one moment stood out the more than any other in the show: a contemporary ballet piece by two young girls from All American Ballet.

One of the girls, Camille Osborne, has been dancing for six of her nine short years. Despite her young age, her dedication to dance shone through her every movement.

Regardless of her tremendous grace and confidence onstage, the little girl let loose a timid smile and looked back at her mother for support while off stage.

“I don’t know if I’m proud or if I’m happy; I don’t know what emotion it is, but it’s overwhelming,” said Karine Osborne as she gazed down at her daughter.

Some of the production’s best performances were from Pacifica and Oxnard high school. These schools were the only ones who featured boys dancing in various styles, including a romantic waltz with mops. There was a significantly larger amount of boys performing in the concert this year than the year before.

Ventura dancer Chelsea Portugal perfectly captured the feeling many dancers embrace on stage:

“I love the movement… I love the freedom that you have.” Her dreamy eyes beamed with an electric anticipation, obviously yearning to get back on stage,” Portugal said.

The show boldly closed with a hip hop routine by Buena’s Dance Team, winning the dancers an immediate standing ovation and several minutes of applause. Parents and friends alike were not only proud, but very impressed with the sheer talent of every school and studio featured.

A deafening curtain call followed; each school and studio took their turn on stage to soak up a magnitude of well deserved applause. When it was at last Buena’s turn to bow, the crowd went absolutely nuts for their home school, screaming out names of friends and family members. The beaming dancers met a stream of seemingly endless praise when they flooded into the house.

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