This article originally appeared in the summer 2014 Harker Quarterly.
The annual middle school dance show, Dance Jamz, shook the Blackford Theater March 14-15. Directed by Gail Palmer and assistant directors Rachelle Haun and Kimberley Teodoro (who were also the costumers), the show had students performing exhilarating and complex routines to hitmakers including Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, One Republic and Ludacris. Kento Vo, Jasmine Villarreal and Ernie Sierra also choreographed. The veteran team of technical director Paul Vallerga, sound engineer Brian Larsen and lighting designer Natti Pierce-Thomson were indispensable, as always.