“Friend Like Me” - West Coast School of the Arts, mini musical theater small group, 2nd overall, Competitive Level, Showstopper Anaheim III, May 2017 ★ Choreography by ? ☆ Dancers ☆
Ava Kendall (lead),
Casey Cheung, Janelle Chin, Presley Edwards, Brooklyn Hamilton, Morgan McCormick, Emily McMills, Maddie Nguyen, Ella Sheppard ♪ Friend Like Me ~ Ne-Yo ⛔ due to copyrights, may not be available on all devices
1. My Chemical Romance - Teenagers // 2. Bleachers - Rollercoaster // 3. Anberlin - Impossible // 4. Chris Brown feat. Jhene Alko - Drunk Texting // 5. Twenty One Pilots - Ode To Sleep // 6. All Time Low - The Reckles And The Brave // 7. Wild Party - When I Get Older // 8. Young The Giant - It’s About Time // 9. Bad Suns - Take My Love And Run // 10. The Killers - Somebody Told Me // 11. The Boys After - Chemistry // 12. Deorro & Chris Brown - Five More Hours // 13. Milky Chance - Sweet Sun // 14. Twenty One Pilots - Not Today // 15. Bastille/Ella - No Angels // 16. Kanye West - Blood On The Leaves // 17. Florence + The Machine - What Kind Of Man // 18. Two Door Cinema Club - Changing Of The Seasons // 18. The Cab - Lock Me Up // 20. Smallpools - Mason Jar // 21. Fall Out Boy - Twins Skeletons (Hotel in NYC) // 22. Walk The Moon - Portugal // 23. One Direction - Where Do Broken Hearts Go // 24. Cruisr - Kidnap Me // 25. The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling // 26. Taylor Swift - New Romantics // 27. Ed Sheeran - Take It Back // 28. Naughty Boy feat. Wiz Khalifa & Ella Eyre - Think About It // 29. Colony House - Silhouettes // 30. Royal Blood - You Can Be So Cruel // 31. Twenty One Pilots - The Run And Go
Hidden Figures: Zelda Wynn Valdes #BlackHERstoryMonth 18/28
Zelda Wynn Valdes was an African-American fashion designer and costumer famous for dressing Black celebrities as well as designing the infamous Playboy Bunny costume. Valdes learned how to sew by watching her grandmother’s seamstress and making dresses for her dolls as a child, eventually making clothes for her grandmother and working for her uncle as a tailor. She got a job as a stock girl for a high-end boutique, and made her way up to salesclerk (becoming the first Black salesclerk in the shop) and making alterations (becoming the first Black tailor in the shop).
In 1948 she opened her own shop on Broadway and West 158th St in New York City, making her the first Black woman to open a shop on the major street. Later she moved ‘Chez Zelda,’ as she called it, to Midtown. The boutique was a runaway success, netting her celebrity clientele such as Josephine Baker, Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, Marian Anderson, and Joyce Bryant. Valdes created what later became Bryant’s signature sexy look, which earned her the nickname 'The Black Marilyn Monroe.’
In the 1950’s, Hugh Hefner took notice of her famously glamorous designs and commissioned her to create a costume for his Playboy Bunnies. Valdes came up with the sweetheart neckline satin leotard, bowtie, and bunny ears still used today.
In 1970, dancer and choreographer Arthur Mitchell asked Valdes to design costumes for his new company, the Dance Theater of Harlem. and she went on to design costumes for eighty-two productions by 1992. Although she closed her business and retired from fashion design in 1989, she continued to work with the Dance Theater of Harlem until her death in 2001. She was 96.
covers you didn’t realize you needed in your life until the moment you heard them.
No Angels (TLC) - Bastille feat. Ella Eyre | Do I Wanna Know? (Arctic Monkeys) - Sam Smith | XO (Beyoncé) - HAIM | Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake) - Arctic Monkeys | Problem (Ariana Grande) - Hozier | Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey) - twenty one pilots | Black Skinhead (Kanye West) - Catfish and the Bottlemen | What Do Ü Mean/Often/Young God (Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Halsey) - Halsey | Don’t Save Me (HAIM) - Years & Years | Hotline Bling (Drake) - Disclosure & Sam Smith | King (Years & Years) - Nick Jonas | Stay (Rihanna) - Thirty Seconds to Mars | Rather Be (Clean Bandit) - The 1975 | Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley) - twenty one pilots
“Keep Breathing” - West Coast School of the Arts, mini lyrical small group, 1st overall, Competitive Level, Showstopper West Coast Finals, Anaheim CA, July 2017 ★ Choreography by ? ☆ Dancers ☆ Casey Cheung, Janelle Chin, Nicolette Durazzo, Presley Edwards, Brooklyn Hamilton, Morgan McCormick, Emily McMills, Maddie Nguyen,
Ella Sheppard ♪ Keep Breathing ~ Ingrid Michaelson
“Fancy” - West Coast School of the Arts, junior jazz small group, 4th overall, Showstopper Anaheim III, May 2017 ★ Choreography by ? ☆ Dancers ☆ Audrey Antoyan, Ally Cheung, Kiara Galvin, Ava Kendall, Ella Sheppard, Kennedy Cortez, Tara Mohtashami, Sophia Oppegard, Gabi D'Ambra ♪ Fancy ~ Postmodern Jukebox ft. Ashley Stroud
[ be sure to click the music link to see the full music video. Ashley also taps. ]