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JADE & ROBE CEREMONY

DANCE  COMMUNITY

DON BONDI  (25 March 1933 - 8 August 2017)

Dancer, teacher, choreographer, director was the first Dance Department Chair and developed the initial curriculum for the dance department at LACHSA.

DON BONDI

Extract from "Near the Top of the Stairs: Thoughts and Memories of a Life Through Time" by Don Bondi

How about beginning with a Bi, a circled of jade with a hole in the middle. I gave one to each graduating senior starting with the first graduation class in 1987 until I retired in 2000. I wanted to thank them as the first graduating class of a new experimental school and later in subsequent graduations to acknowledge their achievements. And finally to give them a remembrance of time; time of growth, time of friendships, and time of being special - a dancer. The Bi is a Chinese symbol of a connection between earth and heaven given to a special person on their life journey. A ceremonial presentation acknowledging creativity and friendship. The circle emphasizes friendship and the green color represents learning. All these thoughts were important to me as well on my own journey of discovery as a teacher. What do I want the students to come away with in dance - of course a dance technique but equally an awareness of who they are and their possibilities.

JADE ROBE RECIPIENTS

2022 - BIJOU DOUGLAS

 

2021 - ROBERT FARR-JONES & ASSATA GAINES

2020 - NATALIE ARONNO & ARIANNA CARSON

2019 - JULIAN GRUBMAN

2018 - STEFANIE GOODENBERGER

2017 - LOGAN RISER

2016 - CHARLY BERGHOFER

2015 - KELLY O'ROURKE

2014 - MEGAN AUYEUNG

2013 - EZRA SHIPIN

2012 - MARISSA MAYER

2011 - ANDREA ORDAZ

2010 - JORDYN WHEELER

2009 - RAI GARCIA

2008 - ROSANNA GRELLO

2007 - 

2006 - ASHLEIGH DOEDE

2005 -

2004 - AMELIA PARKS

2003 - LEO GALLO

2002 - TERRY LO

2001 - CHRISTINA SILVA

2000 - MANDARIN WU

1999 - KEISA PARRISH

1998 - KAISHELLE JACKSON

1997 - MONIK JONES

1996 - JESUS YANEZ

1995 - DANASHANTI HARTER

1994 - LALA GHAHREMAN

1993 - DORMESHIA SUMBRY

NIKKI TUTTOILMONDO

HOLLY MORROW

JHARNA MITRA