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Tasan Smith-Gandy playing his “Pine Cello” composition at the top of Pine Cobble Trail. (Photo courtesy of Jay Corey.)

Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 takes cello to new heights — literally

April 14, 2021
Student musician and composer Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 hiked up Pine Cobble trail, bringing along with him his six-pound cello. Upon reaching the summit of Pine Cobble, he sat down and performed “Pine Cello,” an original piece inspired by the natural beauty around him. 
Raphael Xavier (in the middle) breakdancing on stage in 2017 at the Autorino Center for the Arts. (Photo Courtesy of Raphael Xavier.)

Choreographer Raphael Xavier talks breakdancing, age, and experimentation

April 7, 2021
“Dancer, choreographer, visual artist, rapper, BMX cycle rider, teacher, and I would say sage of hip-hop.” Those were the words that Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance Sandra Burton used to describe Raphael Xavier, a multi-talented artist originally from Wilmington, Delaware. At the March 30 event, Xavier joined a group of students and faculty from the College’s dance department to discuss the art of hip-hop and breakdancing, the obstacles he has faced, and — most prominently — his search for new ways to engage with breakdancing as he grew older.
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