Seneca Valley arts program growing by leaps and bounds
The Seneca Valley's School District's performing arts program is getting increasingly ambitious.
In addition to theater, music and band programs, the school offers a dance program. The district will offer a workshop for the program Saturday.
“We do all kinds of dance — ballet, modern, jazz and tap, even hip-hop,” said Kwang-suk Choi, the program's main instructor, a former professional dancer and retired member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.
Choi, 41, was a founding member of the Seoul Ballet Theatre in Korea. He also danced with the National Ballet of Korea, the Atlanta Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Cleveland and San Jose ballet companies.
He retired in 2010 as a principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where his main roles were in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppelia and Carmina Burana.
The dance program he runs at Seneca Valley is the first such program at the school, said Linda Andreassi, a district spokeswoman. Some Seneca Valley students also are enrolled in dance programs at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, Beaver County, she said.
“Many students have been involved in dance projects outside of school and several have gone on to become ballerinas,” Andreassi said. “We hope that we are helping to meeting their needs with this program. Kwang-suk Choi is a phenomenal instructor, and the girls really respect him.”
Andreassi said it is unusual for any high school to have arts instructors with Choi's level of professional experience.
This year, Choi has room for about 30 students in his program.
The popularity of musical drama television shows such as “Smash” and “Glee” has put school music and dance programs on the radar of more students, he said.
Yet the Seneca Valley program so far has not attracted boys.
“I wish some boys would take it. They are a little bit shy about doing it at that age — 12 and 13,” Choi said.
The program's open workshop will be Saturday at the Seneca Valley Performing Arts Studio at the Seneca Valley Middle School from 9 a.m. to noon.
The workshop includes two groups in ballet and two groups in modern dance, both based on age. One group is for dancers ages 10 to 13. The other is for dancers ages 14 to 18.
A recital is planned June 6 at the district's Intermediate High School and will include selections from Paquita, a classical French ballet.
To sign up for the workshop, email Katie Osan at Osanka@svsd.net.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.