Student Stories: Jazz Factor Presents Alice in Wonderland at the Fall Youth Company Concert

By Leah Rebarber, Age 13

Norell Sherman, Alex Whittington, Leah Rebarber, and Lee Kirshenboim of Jazz Factor pose in their Alice costumes.

Jazz Factor, Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident youth jazz company, is thrilled to capture the lively and comical essence of Alice in Wonderland. Kelly Kunst, the choreographer and director (and amazing teacher), has created a piece that incorporates the basics of jazz technique combined with acting, where different members represent different characters from the story. The choreography is distinct and particular for each person, because each person has a different style to fit the character that they are portraying. Each member brings a different element and personality to this piece, creating a symphony of unalike individuality.

Tweedledee and Tweedledum bring the comical factor to the piece while the Royal Queen brings severity. Alice, seemingly the only sane character in this story, is very confused about where she is, and if she is dreaming or not. The unique and eye-catching costumes highlight the energy of the characters, making the show all the more enchanting. Every costume has a different component, from crazy cat ears to a fluffy bunny tail. The costumes help each member to get into character and have fun with their part of the dance. By working together in the studio, the members of Jazz Factor are able to communicate with each other off stage, helping them to connect with each other on stage.

As a member of Jazz Factor, I am proud to be a part of the company since this experience has given me many new friends and has given us something to bond over and work hard for. Therefore, it is my great pleasure to participate in this company and in this piece.

Jazz Factor will present their Alice in Wonderland piece at the annual Fall Youth Company Concert. The performance takes place this Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Please click here to buy tickets.