Damast choreographed a main phrase to the song and recorded herself performing it from the front and also from behind so that students could dance along with it and not have to mirror the movements as they learned it. Damast also recorded herself slowly breaking down the phrase into smaller parts and talking the details through as she demonstrated the movements. Each dancer recorded themselves horizontally and vertically so there would be a variety of positions in the final video. The dancers were also asked to record themselves doing an improvisation section in which they could do any style or movement phrase that they wanted, in a way that they liked to move.
How the dancers’ arms reach out and lift up to the sky connects me to the feeling of hope for change and the commitment to standing up for what is right.
Weiss adapted and arranged the song to teach the various parts of the lyrics to the singers. Each singer learned their vocal part and recorded themselves singing along with the instrumental track using an online program called Soundtrap.
“Recording a group vocal number like this is definitely a challenge to do remotely, but the students enthusiastically stepped up and sang the song beautifully,” said Weiss.
Damast constructed her choreography to match the highs and lows of “Stand for Change”: “How the dancers’ arms reach out to the next Zoom box and lift up to the sky at the end, all connect with me to the feeling of hope for change, and the commitment to standing up for what is right,” she noted.
The group's new theme song was written and produced by members of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions community.