Students in Musical Theatre Production class are seeing Mrs. Amy Delaney in a new role. They usually see her at the front desk in the Fr. Mike Counseling Center as administrative assistant to the counseling staff. But after school, she works part time at the Louisville Ballet School teaching ballet and choreographing the school’s Spring Showcase. For the last few weeks, she has been working with the Musical Theatre students to choreograph their winter musical, Godspell.
Theresa Bautista ’91 usually choreographs the dance scenes for PHS musicals, but she was unavailable during the school day, so theatre teacher Mrs. Ellen Holifield asked Mrs. Delaney to help out. Mrs. Delaney said she has had a lot of fun working with the students. She has taught them Broadway-type dance moves for four songs in the musical, including a soft-shoe tap number.
“It’s been really nice for me to be a part of it and to do something different than what I normally do,” Mrs. Delaney said. “I love my job, and I enjoy what I’m doing here at PHS, but ballet is my passion, so it’s nice to feed a little bit of that here too.”
She also is pleased with how well the students are learning the choreography, especially those who have never taken dance lessons before.
“They are just a great group of kids,” she said. “They want to learn. They’re determined. They remember everything I teach, which makes it easy.”
Senior Jesse Zoeller, who plays the role of Nick, said having Mrs. Delaney teach the choreography has been fun. “It gives each and every one of us a chance to connect with each other through learning new dance moves,” he said.
Mrs. Holifield said having Mrs. Delaney do the choreography for this show offers a lot of flexibility because she can adapt to special schedules.
“It’s super convenient,” Mrs. Holifield said. “And it’s just really fun seeing her in this capacity. It’s neat to collaborate with her in a completely different way. It’s so fun.”