When junior Meghan McCloskey danced on the Eastchester High School stage, the music moved her.
“Waiting backstage is stressful and when the lights are off, it is intense. But when you are on stage, you let it all out.”
McCloskey was among 125 dancers who performed at Jazz Co. “A Weekend of Dance” Feb. 1- Feb. 3.
“It all comes together. Each grade has a role to play and there is a rhythm,” explained senior Emily Rozario.
The high school students describe Jazz Co. as a family, not an after-school activity or club, and this year, there was something extra-special as Jazz Co. celebrated its 35th Anniversary.
“Jazz Co.'s Weekend of Dance was the ultimate celebration of the art of dance,” said Artistic Director, Melissa Lieto-Cuomo. “The dancers stunned crowds with their talent and put on the best show in all of Jazz Co.'s 35 years of performances!”
Choreographers from around the country worked with the high school dancers over 10 weeks to perfect their routines for the 26 dances that ranged from Broadway favorites to popular songs.
This year, more than 40 alumni from 1992 to 2018 gathered during the show weekend and performed during the last section of the finale, a medley of Gloria Estefan songs.
The finale has remained the same for years but each year students – both male and female - participate in different small group performances.
John Ferrara is a sophomore and a member of the EHS Players Club. “I am an actor who moves. I have gotten better at dancing. This can be taxing but the rewards are so many.”
“It is more fun every year as you get closer with the group,” said junior Maddy Smith who joined Jazz Co. in fourth grade. “The dances get harder and harder but it pushes you to your limits.”