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Parkland Shooting -

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Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

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2018 Upcoming Movies -

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Upcoming Season of Baseball -

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Black History Month -

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The Black Panther Review -

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The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

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Badminton season launches into action! -

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LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

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Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

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San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dancin’ in New York

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For many, it’s easy to view New York City and the successes of those who’ve made it there as beyond our grasp. When the buildings scrape the sky, rivaled only by the level of talent, it can seem daunting to even begin to take on that impossible dream of success in the city. However, the Big Apple and the artists who work there welcomed us with open arms, and proved to us that with a little hard work, anything is possible.

Contrary to popular belief, the biennial SMHS Dance Trip to New York is not a vacation. In fact, it’s anything but. Sure, we fly to an exciting city, tour famous landmarks, and eat copious amounts of junk food, but the Dance Trip is hard. We aren’t skipping school to shop on Fifth Avenue and eat a steak dinner. We get our butts kicked in class, walk several miles a day, and battle the biting cold and bustle of an East Coast winter.

The 2017 trip started with a red-eye (overnight) flight to John F. Kennedy Airport. Despite our exhaustion, the excitement was palpable – we could barely sleep on the plane! However, we hunkered down and fell asleep, for our first day in the city would start outrageously early and end insanely late. Our grand tour of New York began with either a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (and a walking tour of Lower Manhattan) or a trip to the historical 9/11 museum. When we reconvened around noon, we took a ride over to Chelsea Market, a famous hub for gourmet food akin to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. There, we sampled everything from delicious mini-doughnuts (Doughnuttery) to mouthwatering Xi’an lamb soup (Very Fresh Noodles). Ten pounds heavier, we trekked to our respective buses and took a quick rest on our way to the hotel. After unpacking and washing away the “stench” of travel, we quickly met in the lobby to make our way to Puglia’s, a riotous restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy. There, we loudly sang along to live entertainment, culminating in a climax of hopping on the tables and “shaking our napkins”. We closed our night with the Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen,” a touching musical that deals with themes of isolation in the digital world.

Over the next three days, our trip followed the same general format – dance in the morning, sightseeing in the afternoon, and a show at night. Highlights included “masterclasses” from seasoned Broadway performers, “free time” exploring the city, and the exquisite productions of “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812,” “Cats,” “Cagney” and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

While many students took the trip for “fun”, those seriously pursuing the performing arts viewed it as a sort of birthright. These students have been training for years, perfecting their craft and working with an undying determination. New York City is the artistic hub of the world, and, as Frank Sinatra famously put it, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” The ability for these specialized students to see their chosen discipline in an intimate setting, whether it be taking classes alongside professional dancers or being a few feet away from a singing Josh Groban, is an opportunity few will forget.

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