annual recital, they had to scramble for another site. After six
months of searching for a replacement venue, co-director Paula Burton
lined up Huntington Beach High School's auditorium for last weekend's
performance, the team's biggest of the year.
"They came up with some very creative ideas," Burton said. "They
worked very hard to get where they are and they've done some nice
The dancers practiced until 10 p.m. five nights a week leading up
to the recital, said team member and co-president Lauren Pawell. The
12th-grader has been on the team for four years and dancing for 14
"Now Playing," Orchesis' production, featured performances based
on songs from various movies, including "Chicago," "Flashdance" and
"Austin Powers." Dancers performed ballet, jazz and hip-hop routines.
It also included, as it does every year, a final dance with some
boys from the school.
"The boys love it," Burton said. "And of course they get on stage
and ham it up."
Dancers created their own pieces for the show and set up the
lighting and costumes.
"Everything is choreographed by the girls," Pawell said. "We vote
on the ones we want for the show and the choreographers then have an
audition for the girls who want to be in the pieces."
Orchesis has performed at Corona del Mar High School for more than
25 years, Burton said. Many of its dancers have 10 or more years of
In addition to its annual recital, Orchesis also performs at two
rallies a year and a football game.
"I enjoy the team," Pawell said. "It's unlike any other team. The
girls have a lot of fun. Everyone really enjoys being there."