Lila Reid ’11 returns to dance class

Lila Reid, ’11 recently returned to Waynflete and conductined a workshop for the US dancers, Danceflete, on Dec. 12. This was a special opportunity for both our dancers and for Lila to reconnect and share ideas. Welcome back, Lila, to your school and familiar dance studio!

Please read about her inspiring journey after Waynflete and imagine her brilliant future continuing in Dance.

Susan Nelson, Director of Dance

Lila Reid is a 3rd year MFA candidate and Graduate Teaching Fellow in Dance at the University of Oregon.  After graduating from Waynflete in 2011, Lila attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her BA in Dance and classical Latin.  Lila also completed the Public Education Teacher Licensure program in Dance grades K-12 and became the first certified Dance Teacher for Public Education to be sponsored by Mount Holyoke College in 2015.  For the past three years, Lila has been a MFA graduate student and Teaching Fellow in Dance at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Lila teaches undergraduate technique courses including modern, ballet, jazz, Hip Hop, Ballroom, and Contact Improvisation.  Over this past summer, Lila was on faculty at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival and was an Emerging Choreographer with the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company in Florida.  She also teaches at a community center in Eugene as a line dance instructor for adults ages 50+.  Lila is currently completing her Master’s thesis research, which is focused on how sensory elements of cross-idiomatic dance partnering can shape collaborative process for choreography.  She is premiering an original screendance as the culmination of her research in January 2018.  During this same evening, Lila will also be premiering a collaborative project with fellow Waynflete alumna, Boston-based Lindsey Spratt ’11.  Lindsey and Lila have been working through video chat rehearsals to unravel themes of womanhood and contemporary issues for women in this distance-constructed solo.  Lila is excited to be returning to Waynflete from December 12-20th to work with students in the Dance Department!

Ninth graders compete in Poetry Out Loud

UPDATE: Congratulations to schoolwide winner Grace Nowacki ’21 and runner up Kiely Callahan ’21. It was an intense competition at the all-school assembly, but the admirable crew of poetry enthusiasts kept their collective cool and read beautifully. A panel of special-guest judges visited campus and awarded top honors to Grace for her amazing performance. Bravo!

On November 16th and 17th, students across the ninth grade took part
in the preliminary round of Waynflete’s Poetry Out Loud competition. A
stunning round of poetry recitations shook Franklin Theater as six
English classes spent three periods performing poems that they had
chosen, studied, memorized, and made their own through months of hard work, guided practice, and one-on-one feedback from teachers and peers alike. Our students brought to life words by poets from Thomas Wyatt to Maya Angelou, sometimes making us laugh, sometimes bringing us close to tears, but always bringing their own voices, quirks, and insights into texts both recent and ancient. Continue reading “Ninth graders compete in Poetry Out Loud”

Sam Carner ’97 visits Waynflete actors

Waynflete alumnus Sam Carner ’97 visited Waynflete on Monday, November 27. Sam is a successful writer for musical theatre and currently resides in New York City with his wife. He and his writing partner have won the prestigious Kleban award and the coveted Richard Rodgers Award for most promising new musical theatre writers under 40. Sam spoke to the acting class, cast members of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and other upper school students with a particular interest in performing arts.  He shared samples of his work, his creative process, discussed his collaboration with his professional writing partner and spoke extensively about creating career pathways in the performing arts. Students had great questions for him regarding his creative work and his life in theatre. In addition Sam and Chris Beaven had a chance to reminisce about his early exposure to learning music and writing songs at Waynflete, as early as a second grade! It was a wonderful afternoon! Check out Sam’s wonderful website below: