Dear da Vinci Families,
“Pure Magic” is how Dance Department Director Claire Olberding described this weekend’s Spring Dance Concert, 2017. Thanks to the compelling choreography of Karida Griffth, Eowyn Emerald Barrett, Oluyinka Akinjoila, Tracey Durbin, Renee Meiffren, Sara Martins, Claire Olberding, and ALL the dancers, each performance was superb. Brava, Bravo choreographers, the entire production crew: Heidi Sprecher, Lighting Sara Estrella, Costumes, MJ Sasse, Stage Manger, Snowzie Vinar Costume Assistant, Pamela Kruetz Parent Volunteer Coordinator, ALL the teachers and parents who volunteered to make this happen, and the first-time-ever brilliant student Tech Crew, Gabe Porath, Kain Ashford, Simon Carr, Julian Geary, Evan Grosse, Piper Haswell, and Elizabeth Loomis. It was a total team effort, and I am sooooo proud of this community for producing such fine work—congratulations ALL!
Through dance, we mourned the loss of and celebrated the lives of two special da Vinci community members. On Friday night, Jay Harris and his wife Mary attended as Claire shared that for 20 years, Mary’s mother Winnie Scott had come to every single da Vinci performance. A Winnie Scott plaque will honor her on a chair, and the family has started a fund with a generous donation towards auditorium improvements. Thank you, Winnie, for your love and exuberance, as you cheered many generations of da Vinci performing artists. They go forth, honoring you.
At each performance, Sara Martins shared our love and admiration for the inspiring and courageous life of our dear former colleague Jasmine R R Spiegel. Jasmine’s husband and her parents honored us all by attending the final show and agreed that Jasmine’s signature smile would have approved. The heart, dedication, technique, artistry and beautiful gutsy voices of each dancer came together to say a collective “Thank you, Jasmine, for inspiring us!”
Finally, thank you da Vinci parents for your amazingly wonderful and talented children. As Jasmine’s mother shared in an email to me:
"Please convey our family's appreciation to the staff and students at da Vinci. We were so impressed with the remarkable capstone projects of the students and with the wonderful dance concert. It was noteworthy to us that these fine displays of talent were from middle school students; their maturity was evident in the presentations! And we felt humbled by the dedications to Jasmine- that was so beautiful and touching."
As Sara described, in her short 29 years, Jasmine taught us all to love, listen, speak and express our voices loudly through art and scholarship. Her expertise, tenacious inquiry, courage and love of life will forever be remembered.The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert DVD pre-order
As announced at the concert, DVD proceeds will go to the da Vinci Foundation. You can order a DVD online for $20 or through a paper form which is available in the office.
Pizzicato Dough for Dollars is this coming Tuesday, May 9 at the Laurelhurst location!Enjoy lunch or dinner from the 28th and E. Burnside location and the da Vinci Foundation will get back 20% of the proceeds. Take out also counts, so order ahead and pick up dinner on the way home. Here is the menu to make it easy. Pizzicato is a great neighborhood supporter. Be sure to thank them when you stop in.
A huge Shout Out to the Dance and Visual Arts departments, congratulations ALL, and thank you for making da Vinci such a special and rare community.