By Sheena Legall         

There was a dance show on April 12 in the Collins Center where different groups showcased different types of dance. Prior to the event, Ms. Bergey, the woman behind the scenes, offered to give us the inside scoop.

Q: What is the purpose of this dance? Is it for International Week?
A: No. But it ironically falls during International Week, which is perfect because our dance show is very eclectic in terms of showcasing different nationalities. But I have run the Dance Club for about 13 years, and every year we have a show but it’s usually at night…. This year we changed it to during the day because at night I just couldn’t get a big audience. I’d get a really small audience, and people would miss out on this amazing experience.  So I asked Dr. Sharkey if he would allow me to do an assembly, and he said yes and it’s perfect. It actually takes place in Foreign Language Week.

Q: Are there any restrictions on this dance? As in, are there only a few specific types of dancing allowed?
A: You can pretty much do any type of dance except I asked students…if they’re using music that have explicit lyrics to use the edited version. You know, we don’t want to offend anyone. And that’s about it as far as restrictions go.

Q: Can anyone perform?
A: Yea, so I had made an announcement in January and sort of advertised around the school, saying that anyone [who] would like to perform on the show should come to a meeting after school.  So that’s how I really got this really eclectic group of students performing.

Q: So this is an annual event?
A: Yes, it is. It’s an annual event but I believe that this is going to be my last year of doing it.

Q: Why?
A: It’s my first time doing it during the day…When I first started dance club, there was no dance at the high school.  There was no dance team, there was no show choir, there was no form of dance for students, so I started the dance club. Slowly each year, it got bigger and bigger and bigger, which was great, but then a few years back, dance team started and that took away many of the dancers who used to perform. And now that show choir has started a lot of students are in it so I really was only able to keep about four consistent members for the last two years. So I’m kind of at a point where I feel like show choir and dance team have sort of picked up where there wasn’t an opportunity to dance. But if this goes over really well and they want me to run an assembly like this again next year, then sure. But I don’t think I’m going to have dance club again next year. It’s been annual for the last thirteen years but I don’t know if it will be forever.

Q: Can students from other schools attend this event or be in the show? Or students who used to attend AHS?
A: I did not open it up to students from other schools to attend or participate. It’s just Andover High School. But I do have two students who graduated from this school who have been a part of dance club before, and I reached out to them to see if they wanted to perform and two of them are performing and one of them choreographed one of the dances.

Q: Are parents allowed to come?
A: Parents can definitely come. I did not send any kind of notification out, but parents are more than welcome to join us.

Q: Are there a lot of participants?
A: Yea, I would say that it’s great. We have 10 dances, which I think should take the whole block. And including show choir we probably have about 60 or 70 students participating in this.

Q: Are there any teachers or members of the faculty performing?
A: Yes. Ms. Pina has choreographed a zumba dance. So she will be leading the zumba dance and I am dancing in that and a guidance counselor, Mrs. Menton, is dancing in that. And Mrs. Kirby, a social worker, is dancing also.

Q: What are your expectations? How do you think this event will turn out? What are our feelings towards it?
A: I have had a lot of classes sign up to come down so I think it’s going to be a big audience, and I think they’re going to love it.

Q: Why did you decide to even do this?
A: Because I was in a dance club when I was in high school, and I loved it and it was a big part of my life when I was in high school. When I first stared working here 14 years ago and I saw that there was no dance, and I said that I have to start a dance club. So I started that with a few students and it’s just grown since then. It’s been a really big part of my job that I love.