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Metro Collaborates with SMOCA for a Night at the Museum

Metro Arts students showcased their talents at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s teen event Friday, February 1.

The event, A Night at the Museum, was geared towards teenagers and included an art gallery, musicians, a fashion show, and dance performances by Metro Arts dancers.

Six Metro dance students were assigned a project in which they were to pick an art piece in the gallery and choreograph a dance inspired by it. 

James Flores, a junior, performed two separate pieces in front of a portrait that had Japanese and African influences. His first dance was set to traditional Japanese music, and the second was African-inspired. The performance took him approximately a month to choreograph.

“I loved the opportunity to get to dance for the public,” said Flores. “It was a really good project.”

Several art-based activities were set up at the evening event. Students were encouraged to create and exchange their own trading cards, make 3-D wire sculptures, create a message in a bottle, and draw their friends' portraits on an inflatable canvas. 

“It’s enjoyable,” said senior Tylauna Gilder (shown in picture), carefully sketching onto a trading card. “It’s different. The gallery was cool and the architecture was nice.” 

Music was provided by DJ Cre One and Rise Project, as well as an acoustic performance by the West Hills Brothers. A fashion show was held by students from New School for the Arts and Academics to showcase their latest designs. Students were able to purchase food from the Burgers Amore and Pizza People food trucks nearby.  

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