Dance Buddies Final Performance Spring 2024

On Monday, June 4th, LIHSA students danced over the Rosemary Kennedy School for the final Dance Buddies Performance of the year.  This event was the highlight of a year-long partnership between the two schools and students that have worked together since October.  The audience enjoyed dances from the Motown era, tunes from Broadway musicals, and solo dance performances by LIHSA students.  It was a morning of pure joy and everyone left with a song in their hearts.

Thank you to Lindsay Rogan, Assistant Principal of LIHSA and Matthew Zegers, Principal of Rosemary Kennedy for bringing this program back to the Nassau BOCES community.  This would not have been made possible without the help of Natalie L’Etoile, Nicole Tourt, and Jerry Nobile from LIHSA as well as Debbie McElwee, Courtney Mercado, Taylor Jensen, and Colleen Pumilio from Rosemary Kennedy.  We would also like to extend a special Thank You to Laura Vega, LIHSA’s Principal, for coordinating the schedules and make sure the program ran smoothly.

The Dance Buddies Program received a generous grant from The Theresa Foundation so that LIHSA students could receive training from the National Dance Institute and purchase t-shirts for our performances.  Thank you for your support of this program!

Congratulations Dance Buddies!  Your performances were remarkable and we can’t wait to see you again in the fall!

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Long Island High School for the Arts

Kayla Newbert – Wantagh UFSD
Kyleigh Harrison – Levittown UFSD
Jamielynn Korotki – Wantagh UFSD
Lauren Gilbert – Kings Park CSD
Joshua Amy – East Meadow UFSD
Alison Higgins – Babylon UFSD
Alexa Mincone – East Meadow UFSD
Lena Umbrino – Kings Park CSD
Scarlett Depaul – Northport-East Northport UFSD
Grace Lavergne – Kings Park CSD
Reily Smith – Wantagh UFSD
Alessandra Hermes – Bevens – Wantagh UFSD

Staff: Lindsay Rogan & Natalie L’Etoile

Rosemary Kennedy School
Marcus Braitwaite- Valley Stream
Trevor Byfield- Freeport
Tyreek Garnes- Hempstead
Leo Harvey- Hempstead
Sarah Hoang- Syosset
Scarlyn Lopez- Hicksville
Malcolm Manwaring- Hempstead
Donville Phillips- Lawrence
Jason Sandoval- Roosevelt
Tyreese Williams-Freeport
Jason Yanez-Ramirez- Hempstead
Kamari Young-Lawrence
Christian Zuniga De La Cruz- Freeport
Debbie McElwee, Courtney Mercado, Taylor Jensen & Colleen Pumilio

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Dance Buddies
Out There (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Josh Amy, LIHSA Musical Theatre Student
AM LIHSA Dance Repertory
(Choreography by L’aura Bagdziunas, LIHSA Dance Faculty)
Regretfully Lost
Alexa Mincone’s solo, LIHSA Dance Student (Choreography by student)
Tale as Old as Time (Beauty & The Beast)
Jamielynn Korotki, LIHSA Musical Theatre Student
Dance For Me
Alessandra Hermes-Bevan’s solo, LIHSA Dance Student & LI Scholar Artist for Dance (Choreography by student)
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
Reily Smith, LIHSA Musical Theatre Student
Dancing in the Street
Dance Buddies
Superboy & the Invisible Girl (Next to Normal)
Trio, LIHSA Musical Theatre Student
Beautiful Day
LIHSA National Honor Society of Dance Arts
(Choreography by Kayla Newbert & 2024 Inductees)
Boogie Fever Soul Train
Dance Buddies