There are many ways to continue doing the things you love at Exeter.
One of my passions is dance. Here, there are many opportunities to get involved with all types. If you are interested in Bollywood, ballroom, hip hop, step, jazz, or even hula, there are clubs here that suit those needs. If you are curious about a certain genre of dance and would like to explore it, there are many outlets, via the dance department or the aforementioned student organizations. Before coming to Exeter, I had not done contemporary or ballet since my elementary years. Starting winter term of last year, I decided to get involved in the dance department, and I developed a love for a style I thought I had lost!
Happy New Year! I hope you had wonderful holidays this break.
I just got back to campus on Sunday evening from my winter vacation. Unfortunately, not all of my friends are back due to the huge snowstorm we got. The majority of people are back, but one of my friends might not be back till Thursday! Very unlucky to be missing all of this school, especially if they didn’t bring back their books to do the work.
So far the workload hasn’t been too bad. I got back a lot of my assignments that were due right before winter vacation. One thing that’s coming up is my first CCO (College Counseling Office) meeting! Woo! Haha I’m not really that excited to begin the college process. I’m trying to go into the process with an open and positive mindset so I’m not in the doldrums for the majority of my senior year. I got my college counselor, and hopefully I’ll be all set. College counselors advise you throughout the process. They also give you good insight (about programs, what schools to consider, and scholarships). That’s pretty much the necessary information I need, right?
Aside from this college talk, I have some great things to look forward to as well. Like this term, I’m in the Winter Dance Company and am one of the captains! I am doing warmup tomorrow, which is kind-of nerve-racking but I’m excited to do it. Well, I have to finish some homework for tomorrow, so I’ll talk to you guys later! Welcome back!
So Winter term has begun! I came back to campus on Monday and classes started Tuesday. We also had Saturday class. My classes seem really great so far – I’m taking math, English, molecular genetics, Chinese and US History.
Although it’s dark out by 4:30pm, my spirits have definitely not dampened yet. On Friday, I went and saw FEDCO’s (Fall Exeter Dance Company) performance. The theme of the concert was math and science. It was really cool how the choreographers worked science into their pieces. My friend choreographed a piece showing the reaction between sodium and chlorine. They also did “Kingdom of the Shades” from the ballet La Bayadere. It’s very pretty. If you want to see some photos, Mr. Chen takes them during dress rehearsal! He also has a ton of photos from other events on campus as well. http://www.flickr.com/photos/xitaichen/sets/
If you want to see some videos of previous dance performances from last years Spring and Winter concerts, you can go here: http://vimeo.com/channels/exeter There are also a lot of other videos the school has posted.
I am doing dance this winter and I’m super excited to get back to it. Right now we are going to begin our pieces for the MLK performance that happens in January. I’ll have more on that later, but time to start my homework for tomorrow. Talk to you later!
We are at the close of fall term. This year, however, passed by the quickest than any other term here at Exeter. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun! This year I decided to try some new clubs such as In Essence (all female a cappella group) and ABS (American Belly Dancing Society). I am also in several other dance clubs, all of which I have performed in this year. Actually, both Precision and Imani preformed at Dance Assembly, which was really exciting!
Being a dancer and a singer, I find it important to know about the different groups and programs our school has to offer in these areas. On campus we have various singing groups either singing current music, or music on the classical edge. We even have gender specific, or co-ed groups, whichever best suits you. Some people are in several groups. Some of these groups include: Gospel Choir, Women’s Chorus, In Essence, PEADQUACS, Fermatas, and the Exeteras. Also we have a variety of dance groups, ranging from Dance Co, Lionettes (Jazz dance group), Swing Dance, Precision (Step team), to Imani and In Motion (hip-hop dance groups). So whatever your interest, it can be cultivated here at Exeter. These are just a few that are specific to me. And if you have an interest that isn’t represented… YOU CAN CREATE A NEW CLUB FOR IT!
Sorry for posting so late (technically early). The dance concert was tonight (the picture above is of me from dress rehearsal Wednesday), and my mom came up to Exeter to watch it. She took me out to dinner afterwards, and I have been hyped up on the excitement of the successful performance.
The dance concert is one of the multiple events happening this weekend. Exeter plans activities that the students can do on the weekends to ensure that our only option isn’t to sit in our dorms all day. The boys’ varsity basketball team had their tournament game today (they won, too!), and there was a poetry reading for students to share their originals. Tomorrow is the last performance for the dance company, and there is a hip-hop concert and movie playing in the student center. Every Saturday, there is a bus to the mall and movies, and to Stop & Shop and on Wednesday, there is a bus to Walmart. Continue reading →
Academics are certainly a big part of Big Red, but arts and music are just as important or are sometimes even more important. I have played piano for nine years and I’m happy to say that I continue to play at Exeter. Our music program and building is great because of the talented musicians and teachers that make it. We have orchestras, bands, soloists, and music groups that you can join if you want. In addition to musicians who play instruments, we have tons of great vocalists and a cappella groups for singers like the Exceteras, the PEADS and Fermatas.
Our dance program and acting program both work extremely hard as well. Sometimes, I go and watch the dance concerts or the plays that they put on and I’m always impressed. Not to mention our visual arts, like photography, ceramics and painting. I took ceramics last term and even though I knew nothing, it was still a lot of fun and a great experience. I learned how to work on the wheel and I made a couple of bowls and mugs too. While Exeter is well known for its academics, our arts and music are phenomenal too!