Warren County has many talented students and several were able to showcase their talents during a Tennessee Entertainment Live fundraiser sponsored by the Pioneerettes and their coach, Penny Shockley.
Shockley said, “It was a really great night that showcased the amount of talent our students have. It was nice to see our kids doing the things they love and enjoy, whether it be singing, dancing or playing an instrument or being in Color Guard. I am looking forward to doing it again in the future.”
Among the entertainment was the Pioneerette Dance Team, the Warren County High Pioneer Pride Marching Band, WCHS Chorus, WCHS California Club and Paula’s Dance Academy pee-wee, youth and junior dance teams including Anaston Chisam who performed a solo to “I Twist My Hips.”
Chorus instructor Kennette Dixon played the piano as members of the chorus wowed the crowd with their renditions of “This is Halloween,” “Seasons of Love,” and “One Moment in Time.”
This is the first year the high school has had chorus since the early ’90s, according to Dixon. “I am not sure of a date, but I know they did not have chorus when I graduated in 1989. It was revised for a while in the early ’90s.”
Dixon said she has 62 students enrolled in chorus classes this year. “I am really enjoying it. We are excited to perform for the public. We’ve been asked to perform at Christmas in the Park on Dec. 4,” she said.
Another exciting addition to this year’s high school offerings is the California Club under the guidance of Lori Christensen. The California Club consists of 35 Hispanic students who perform various authentic Mexican dances.
There was no such club or charter when the club formed in February, 2011. “We wanted some type of club at the high school that represents their culture within their school,” said Christensen. “It began as a way to enter the mainstream of school. We started by entering a talent show and it grew into much more than that.”
Christensen teaches ESL and drama at the high school. She also owns a studio named Cannon County Art and Dance. The students named the club California Club after Christensen who they call “Ms. California.” Christensen hails from California and loves the Angels baseball team which she still calls the California Angels.
The students performed dances choreographed by student Francisco Barbosa. Dances included “Guadalajara,” which is a traditional Ballet Folklorico dance. According to Christensen, this is a dance genre that combines traditional regional steps from Mexico with ballet steps.
They also performed to “Jarabe Tapatio” which many know as the “Mexican Hat Dance.”
The boys were dressed in authentic shirts ordered from Mexico and both boys and girls had tap shoes which have nail heads in place of taps. They, too, were ordered from Mexico. Skirts were all handmade by moms and volunteers, including Spanish teacher Linda Taylor, from sheets and ribbons.
Christensen said the bright colors of the skirts represent a certain region in Mexico and each has special meaning.
The Pioneer Pride Band rocked the bleachers by playing its 2012 competition show and “Rock Me Amadeus.”
The Pioneerettes performed the pom and hip-hop routines they will be competing with in Murfreesboro during state competition Nov. 17.