Incredible Performance by PATHSDANCE H.S. Students at Thomas Jefferson Campus in East New York

photo by Ian Lyn Photography

Located on the Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, in East New York,  the Performing Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) has been providing outstanding dance opportunities to its students since 2005 under the guidance of Marcella Jones. Throughout the week, students engage in a diverse range of dance styles, including Modern, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, African, and Majorette. The talented dancers can be found in Room 100, continuously honing their craft.

Shining Stars Show: An Annual Showcase of Talent

PATHS Dance held their annual Shining Stars show on Saturday, June 24th at 7:00 PM, hosted at the Thomas Jefferson High School campus, located at 400 Pennsylvania Ave. The doors opened at 6:30 PM, welcoming an eager audience.

The show featured captivating performances by PATHS Dance students, showcasing works by Mrs. Jones, Mama Wilhelmina Taylor, Serenity Robinson “08,” and Ty Vybz. Additionally, Meyer Levin Middle School and Philippa Schuyler Middle School contributed dance routines to the vibrant program. The show was an absolute success with the house filled to the brim with over 250 attendees.

Supporting the Students’ Journey to Basel, Switzerland

Beyond the mesmerizing performances, the ticket proceeds from the show aimed to support the students’ upcoming trip to Basel, Switzerland, where they will undergo training and perform in 2024. This trip holds special significance for PATHS Dance, as they will have the opportunity to study under Armando Braswell, a renowned dancer,  Brooklynite and former student of Mrs. Jones.

Armando, an alumnus of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, founded The Braswell Arts Center in Basel, Switzerland, along with his wife Lisa, in 2017. With a remarkable dance journey that includes performances at Ballet Theatre Munich, Ballet Theatre Basel, and Gauthier Dance Stuttgart, Armando’s collaboration with PATHS Dance began when he taught a Master Class at PATHS in 2022. Inspired by their shared experiences and Mrs. Jones’ mentorship, the idea to bring Brooklyn to Basel took shape.

You Can Support PATHS!

The PATHS Dance students are eagerly anticipating this exceptional journey and seek the support of their community, family, and friends. Funds are being raised to cover travel expenses associated with their visit to The Braswell Arts Center. The local community is encouraged to donate at the GoFundMe page of PATHS Dance. Click here to Support PATHSDANCE.

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