May 9, 2018

Students in the Dance Magnet Program at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities have been choreographing new works, exploring new movements and rehearsing day and night for one of the most important performances in their young dance careers.

Featuring an eclectic mix and fusion of music and dance styles, 18 new works — created by students and staff — will be unveiled during the Spring Dance Concert at 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, inside the Gene R. Poston Auditorium, 1115 Broad Ripple Ave.

The performance, themed “Farewell Broad Ripple,” is the last for the class of 2018, but also the last show for all students performing as Broad Ripple Rockets. This summer, Broad Ripple will shutter its doors and move its programming (along with students and staff) into Shortridge High School beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

The Spring Dance Concert is just one of several activities happening Thursday at Broad Ripple to honor the school’s history and legacy. The Class of 2018 will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring tours led by current students, screenings of a Broad Ripple documentary, live music performances, games and more.

Because of this transition, dance magnet teachers Nick Owens and Dana Hart wanted to give their students an opportunity to be seen in ways they hadn’t before — so this year’s show includes eight student-created works, with each piece chosen through an audition process.

“We really wanted to let students go out with a bang and be able to finish out the school year and have a voice and have an input,” said Owens. “This show features a lot of fun, creative, new works that I think allows the students to shine in a way that students aren’t always given. We allowed them the opportunity to create new works that gave them the opportunity to choose their own music, select the dancers, choose their costumes and lightening.”

Hart said that level of autonomy allowed students to grow.

“It was a learning experience as they created,” said Hart, adding that she and Owens pushed students daily to dig deeper. “They wanted to give up so many times and they were so mad at (us for pushing them), but I loved seeing them grow in different ways. And in the end, they created beautiful pieces. … I’ve seen a lot of confidence develop within individuals, with having that freedom, which is a beautiful thing.”

Ultimately, Owens said, students discovered the ability to see “how creative they are and how creative they can be without being told what to do,” he said. “It kind of released that mechanical flow of operating on a day-to-day basis. So, hopefully, this process allowed them to see how great they are, what it means to work with others, what it means to be responsible, what it means to be professional. And I hope they are able to take away the experience of the process and what that means in relationship to the real world.”

Tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $3 for students and $5 for adults at the door.

Broad Ripple Open House Events

Want to join the open house festivities? Here’s a list of events at Broad Ripple High School on Thursday, May 10, 2018. All events are being held between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the exception of the matinee performance of the Spring Dance Concert, which begins at 3 p.m.

During the event, Broad Ripple spirit gear (T-shirts and pullovers) will be available for purchase in Grand Central. Room H125 will serve as the Hospitality Room for former faculty and staff to catch up on old times; rest areas will be in the Media Center and cafeteria.

Food will be available for purchase via food trucks located on the south parking lot fromThe Grub House and Byrne’s Grilled Pizza. 

If you share photos from the event on social media, please use the hashtag #RememberTheRockets.

  • Tours: Get nostalgic and take a walk around memory lane. The Class of 2018, staff and administrators will be positioned throughout the building to answer any questions you may have, point you in the right direction, or be your guide.
  • The History of Broad Ripple 101: Test how well you know your high school by playing a Kahoot trivia game. You may use your cell phone. Room B143
  • Movie Time: Stop by to watch the 30-minute Broad Ripple High School documentary, created by telecommunications students. Mini Auditorium – Room C148
  • Painting with a Twist: Create a quick portrait of Rippy, the school’s beloved mascot, with senior art students. Room D111
  • Hoops Time: Test your “HORSE” skills by playing “BLAST” with the varsity basketball team. William R. Smith Gymnasium
  • The Wall: Sign your name and class on a paper rocket to be posted at the Broad Ripple Logo Wall in Grand Central. Main Office – Room J175
  • Walk of Fame: These stars lining Grand Central display “notable” Broad Ripple alumni. Grand Central
  • Dance Concert: Students in the dance magnet will perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gene R. Poston Auditorium
  • Viewing Memories: One yearbook from each year will be available for viewing. Take a picture of your favorite yearbook pages! Cafeteria
  • Live Performance: Soul singer Bashiri Asad (Class of ’96) will perform at 4:30 p.m. Grand Central Landing (Second Floor)
  • TapSnap: Stop by and take a picture in this fun, interactive, engaging photo experience. Grand Central
  • Tales from the Ripp: Take a moment and write a short memory about your time as a Rocket. Media Center
  • Just One Word: Grab a rocket shape and write just one word that describes your time at Broad Ripple. Media Center
  • Melodic Sounds: The Golden Singers Choir will perform at the trophy case/piano. Grand Central