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Jessica Lee    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
When Harvey Wu ’14 was younger, his parents thought that he would have a tilted neck for the rest of his life if he played the violin. With this in mind, he decided to take up the piano instead.“Part of the reason why I enjoy playing the piano so much is because I want to expose people to the music I play. I also enjoy [playing] for myself. I have learned a lot about myself through music that I could not through other factors. Through practice, you learn to pay attention to the details,”...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
When Emily Ewing ’14’s parents dropped her off at a quaint local dance studio for weekly classes at the age of three, they had no idea she would find a passion that she would continue to pursue through the age of 18.“While most kids drop out of dance when they’re five or six because they find sports and other things, I did not. Dance was something for me that naturally clicked. Dance was a place for me where I could feel confident and feel that I was doing something beautiful that I really...
Julia Boyd    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Visiting his father’s office as a small child, Graham Johns ’14 would often get distracted by the dance studio on the first floor of the office building. Taken by the grace and quality of the dancer’s movement, Johns felt the urge to experience the art form for himself. Johns’ fascination and passion for dance has only grown stronger since then, and continues to develop as he pursues his dance career.“I started dancing when I was 11, so about six, seven years now. Before that, I had done some...
Michelle Koh    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sophie Landay ’14 did not intend to be a dancer when she first came to Andover. Though she had been taking ballet classes since age three, she was beginning to lose interest in them and was planning to stop dancing in high school.Landay initially returned to dance only to fulfill her Winter Term sport requirement during her Junior year. It was during these winter dance classes that she was exposed to modern dance for the first time, reigniting her love for dance.“I didn’t like it at first...
Scarla Pan    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Before she came to Andover, Mayze Teitler ’14 saw her love for creative writing as a solitary, even isolating, pursuit. Yet through Andover’s writing community, she has discovered a new way to explore writing alongside fellow classmates who shared her passion.“Writing was something I did by myself… Here, though, I made great friends who shared my passion. I’ll never forget one night during Lower year, I was sitting in the chapel with a bunch of my friends at 10 p.m. and writing poetry, and I...
Sara Luzuriaga    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“When someone, particularly a young person, is able to use creative writing as a catalyst for addressing conflicts around the world, theresult can be pretty extraordinary,” said Madeleine Lippey ’14. As the author of a children’s book, founder of the Do Write Campaign and Editor in Chief of “The Courant,” Lippey is no stranger to the extraordinary.Lippey has been writing for as long as she can remember, making it her main form of self-expression. She strives to immortalize her thoughts and...
Alexis Lefft    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Is the pen mightier than the sword? If you were to ask Lily Rockefeller ’14, a three-year Senior, New York City native and creative writer, the answer to this question would be a no-brainer.“[Last year for Spanish class], I was doing this research for an essay, and I was reading this semiotic linguist, and he was saying that the word for table and the table itself are inherently linked. What’s cool about that is that you can’t separate the word and the thing. In a way, words can describe...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“STOMACH SUNK IN WHISKY PEE INSIDE PANTS I SAW A LITTLE STAR WHERE IS MY BABY TONIGHT,” wrote Chinese-American poet and artist Walasse Ting on one page of his poetry book called “1¢ Life.” Accompanying Ting’s words is artwork by Tom Wesselmann showing a nude woman reclining on a bed in a room that has four large, white stars on vivid blue walls.“1¢ Life” is a book of poetry with artwork from 28 different artists, including Wesselmann, that corresponded to Ting’s writing. The book was published...
Tiffany Bauman    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This weekend, Andover welcomed spring with the celebration of the Asian Arts Festival’s 25th anniversary. Traditional Asian dress, music, food, henna designs and origami cranes were just some of the attractions of this year’s festival.Led by the Andover Korean Society, audience members at Saturday’s Asian Arts Talent Show warmed up with the “Korean National Stretch.” A YouTube video of an energetic Korean man marched the audience through intense back stretches, squats and more, though most...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dressed in floor-length white skirts, Emily Ewing ’14, Marion Kudla ’15 and Elizabeth McGonagle ’16 twirled across the stage in Tang Theater, using their high kicks to let the white material billow and fly around them. Backed by student jazz musicians, they executed their precise routine in front of vividly colored projections on the stage wall.Dancers from Andover Dance Group (ADG), led by Erin Strong, Instructor and Chair in Theater and Dance, student jazz musicians, overseen by Peter Cirelli...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As a teenager, Chris “Daze” Ellis beganhis artistic career tagging subway cars in 1970s New York City. In the years since, Daze has successfully transitioned to the canvas, using spray paint as well as oil and acrylic in his work.A celebrated painter, Daze brought his talents toAndover as the Addison Gallery of American Art’s Spring 2014 Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence alongside his exhibition, “Street Talk: Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection,” which features Daze’s works...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sketchbook in hand, American-born artist James McNeill Whistler spent countless hours staring out the window of his London home, watching ships pass through the blue waters of the Thames River. Drafting and drawing the wooden beams of bridges, the white flags of ships and the tilted caps of sailors who steered through the water, Whistler produced his masterpieces.Now, years after Whistler first moved to London in 1859, several of his detailed etchings, drawings and lithographs are on display at...

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