Above: Morana Lunquist by Lindley Rust
Blossoming young dancers are the driving force behind the annual production “New Dances/New Choreographers.” Indeed, these students, members of Dancers’ Workshop’s Junior Repertory Company, run every aspect of the production. They dream up the choreography, design the costumes and decide which of their fellow dancers to cast in what roles. That’s not all, though. They also select and edit music for each piece and even direct how the show is marketed to the public. It is a huge undertaking for these young dancers. But they’re used to the long hours. In fact, all the Junior Repertory dancers, students from grades 7 to 12, put in long hours whether its for this annual production or simply in the name of improving their skills.
Morana Lunquist, a senior in high school and member of the Junior Repertory Company, both choreographs and dances in this year’s production. It’s impressive, then, that she managed to find a moment to step into the studio in between school and her busy dance schedule:
“We have [dance] class Monday through Thursday for 1.5 to 2 hours and then rehearsals on Fridays for three hours and then on Saturdays from 9 to 6,” Lunquist told KHOL.
How does she juggle it all? And what has she learned in the process?