L-W East Orchesis Troupe Prepares for Valentine-themed Performance

Students have selected love songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s and today for their show 'For the Love of Dance.'

Area residents are in for a real treat as dance students at are preparing for a Valentine-themed performance Feb. 3 and 4 at the school.

“We have a very talented group of girls this year,” said Julie Widinski, the Orchesis director at Lincoln-Way East. “Their dedication and hard work have produced a very entertaining show.”

Students have been preparing for the 7 p.m. performance for several weeks and plan to feature a cornucopia of dance styles centered around a Valentine’s theme. They have titled their show “For the Love of Dance.”

“We have selected love songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and today,” said Widinski. “The dancers will perform all styles of dance from hip hop to ballet.”

Orchesis is a dance organization that gives students with a strong desire and talent to dance the opportunity of expressive movement through the art of dance performance. The goal is to educate and strengthen the appreciation of dance as an art form.

More than 50 Lincoln-Way East High School students are involved in this year’s show. They include:

Freshmen: Emma Derubertis, Chloe Cahill, Mary Costin, Kate Garcia, Alexis Frazier, Lexie Handley, Kaylee Lambert, Rachael Norris, Emily Papp, Holly Podborny, Kylie Rogers, Jessica Sylvester, Stephanie Zuccato and Natalie Zyskowski.

Sophomores: Maggie Allen, Alexandra Dworakowski, Alicia Hernandez, Nicole Huss, Courtney Matheu, Demitra Mitilinakis, Nicole Radkay, Brendan Sapato, Mykenzie Scott-Stirn, Staci Tepper, Jessica Testa, Paige Turner, Alaina Wittrock, Gabby Valencia and Karly Zimbauer.

Juniors: Lauren Bird, Brittany Galifos, Abby Gerstenkorn, Elizabeth Jones, Mia Mayes, Ashley Manor, Torrey O’Connor, Jessica Slater, Olivia Stewart and Grace Tervin.

Seniors: Jessica Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Olivia Beggs, Hannah Crumpley, Alexis Ferreira, Julie Hall, Taylor Jankowski, Sarah Malik, Emily Majewski, Jenna Parente and Maddie Walsh.    

The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and 4 in Lincoln-Way East’s Fine Arts Center at 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

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