Because this was the first ever "Dancing with the Teachers" at CMHS, everyone was filled with a great amount of excitement, particularly the contestants who danced alongside talented members of the CMHS dance team. Hosts, Mrs. Delzer and Mrs. Kaska, entertained guests with witty and fun introductions of the competitors as well as of the judges whom consisted of CMHS Principal Mr. Haley and dance experts Ms. Shishido and Ms. Nelson.
Besides the judges that appear on the stage, the audience had the real power to select the one true champion. Performers had to impress their audience and leave them in nothing but awe, which they had successfully done. The audience, students especially, were cheering the teacher’s names and jumping up and down from their seats in excitement.
The performers have definitely proven themselves as more than just dull teachers, they showed their more lively and colorful self through the art of dance. This event was not only to amuse the crowd of people willing to see their favorite person perform, but was also a fundraiser for the CMHS dance team. All in all, teachers, student performers, and the animated audience had a boisterous night.
Sophomore Brittany Ka, who danced with Mr. Poveda thought, "It was pretty interesting to get to know the real personal Poveda. This whole performance was pretty cool and I think that it’s a great way to fundraise." Another student who prefers to remain anonymous added on, “I really like the costumes and effects; the lighting and everything was just great.”
Mr. Espinoza shared his thoughts on him and his team’s performance, “I was very happy with it, we put in a lot of work [and] the girls did a great job. I think it was more for fun than anything and it was fun to just put on the show.”
Though the participants did not execute grandiose performances with perfect synchronization and impeccable skill like those on television, they performed exceptionally well given the short amount of time to develop their routines. The fact that these teachers—most of whom had virtually no dance experience whatsoever—dedicated so much time and effort was truly amazing in itself.
From the music to the costumes, the teachers and students came together to give the audience the best of their abilities, and they surely did not fall short of expectations. They danced the night away, with distinct performances that ranged from mainstream pop to classic 70s to interpretative and contemporary. The room was buzzing with energy, screaming with laughter, and bursting with cheers at every performance.
For each set of performers, we were shown exquisitely well-done videos created by the ever so talented Mrs. Kaska, validating the efforts and ardor of the teachers and the CMHS dance team. There were some technical difficulties and awkward silences present, which is to be expected, as mistakes are always inevitable. These minor defects did ease up as the show progressed, however, it did not subtract from the overall happiness of the audience.