Dance Fashion Show 2017 Review and Photos

By Osvald Klimi 

On Thursday the 13, April 2017, Forest Hill Collegiate held its highly anticipated Dance Fashion Show for the third year in a row, where students showcase various trending outfits and original dancing routines. This year’s theme was “The Time of Our Lives.” A lot of the choreographers, producers, and models of the show have been part of the show since its conception a few years ago and – being in grade 12 – wished to reflect on their experiences while in high school.

There were various scenes presenting common things that most high school students have experienced. These scenes ranged from parties to exam season to prom and more – including all types of occasions throughout the years. Following suit, the outfits also ranged from down-to-earth and everyday wear all the way to glamorous and extravagant dresses to anywhere in between.

Many models and dancers from grades 9-11 are keen on continuing to keep the legacy of dance fashion show going – and to have the time of their lives while doing it.

These models and dancers worked on this show together for quite some time and created memories that will be hard to forget, both for themselves and their spectators. Through the multitude of scenes, a viewer was sure to be reminded of all their most memorable times.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Keyanna B.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

My role in the show is a model and I’m in the exam scene and party scene.

What are your outfits?

For exam: leggings and sweatshirt Party: caramel? Camel? Grey body suit black jeans

If you could put any celebrity in the show to model with, who would it be?

Tyra banks, hands down.

If you do the show next year, what would you like to do?

I hope to be one of the coordinators.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Sara P., Danielle F. & Daniela H.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

Sara: I am a co-producer, but specifically, a choreographer for the hip-hop dance.

What’s the show about?

Danielle Filler: the show is about high school and how it’s the time of our lives and we just wanted to choose a theme that represented high school and what high school meant to us – and that’s exactly what we did.

What was the most memorable thing that happened at rehearsals?

Sara: The finale, when we all walk together and we dance – we realized we were having the best time and we love what we’re doing and that we’re all dance fashion show family.

What celebrity would you cast to appear in the show if you could?

Danielle: Zac Efron, Channing Tatum. Sara: Adriana Lima.

What will you miss most about the show?

Daniela: Our friends, and being all together – it’s chaotic but then it all comes together and its fun.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Cassie L.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

I’m a model in the party scene and exam scene.

What are your outfits/dresses?

Exam scene: sweat pants and tank top. Party: leather pants, heels, t-shirt.

What’s your favorite part of being in dance fashion show?

It’s fun to be with all your friends in the show and get out of school and look good.

What will be your role next year?

I’ll probably be a model again.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Emma K.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

I’m a model.

What are your outfits?

For the back to school scene I wear a red skirt and a jacket and for the summer scene I wear a denim dress

What was the most memorable thing that happened at rehearsal?

The most memorable thing was probably the first time we did the dress rehearsal, because it was new for a lot of us and it was really fun.

If you could cast any celebrity to be in the show who would it be?

Probably Kendall Jenner

What do you hope to do in the show next year if you decide to do it?

I would probably like to be a model again.

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Pets of FHCI: Boo

This pet belongs to Lauren

Does Boo have any weird habits or skills/tricks?

My puppy has some pretty good skills, one of them being that he understands three languages: English, Russian and French.

How Boo changed your life in any way?

I, of course, am his favourite in the family. He loves me the most and has become my best friend. He sleeps at my feet, cuddles on my leg and loves to play, and with this we have become so attached and I don’t know how I’d be without him.

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Pets of FHCI: Benny

This pet belongs to Katarina P

Briefly describe a funny or interesting moment you or someone else has had with Benny. 

My bunny always sleeps beside me on the couch while I’m watching TV and it’s the sweetest thing ever. He also licks my face, runs around with my soccer ball and has the cutest wiggly nose. Oh, he also snuck into my room and peed on my sister’s face while she was sleeping.

How has Benny changed your life in anyway?

Benny has taught me a lot about love and responsibility. As cliché as it sounds, whenever I see that he’s happy or excited it makes me happy too. Also, ever since I realized how smart and amazing these little animals are, I became more involved in supporting and learning about animal rights. Knowing that about ONE BILLION rabbits are killed each year for testing and the use of their fur is heartbreaking. I’ve stopped wearing fur and leather and wear cosmetics that aren’t tested on animals (It’s not hard, you should do it too)! Benny has widened my view of not only bunnies but all animals because they are such intelligent, beautiful and passionate creatures we shouldn’t take for granted!

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What High School Has Actually Taught me

By Laila Hashem

High school. The best four years of your life, or the worst. I, for one, am just thankful that I only have 60 days, 7 hours, 16 minutes and 23 seconds to go until I can officially say I survived it. All of it. The good, the bad, the okay, and the blurry all-nighters. Not THOSE all-nighters, the “I’m having an emotional breakdown for the fourth time this week and I have a paper due in 6 hours but I can’t stop crying long enough to type a sentence” blurry all-nighters.

The thing about high school is that it changes you, and as much as you may not like it, there’s not much you can do about it. You walk in and you expect to walk out with the same exact people you walked in with, but that’s rare. And it seriously sucks. You walk in and you expect to befriend your entire grade right away. Now that’s VERY rare. You learn over time that there will always be people who dislike you, but that should never stop you from being yourself. As you grow older, you begin to care less what others think of you and care more about what you think of yourself. It becomes less about everyone else, and more about you, and that’s good.

I’ve learned that it isn’t all laughs and good memories. You lose people, and the scariest part of that is you lose people you thought you would never lose. You make friends that you think will always be by your side, and then bam, they’re out. It is so easy to lose someone you love, it can happen as quick as you can make a friend.

But if anything, Kelly Clarkson is right. I learned that life is hard and sometimes it can seriously suck, but if something doesn’t kill you, it will only make you stronger.

Sometimes these things aren’t sudden, and surprisingly, I’ve learned that it actually sucks more to lose someone slowly rather than suddenly. Because if it happens slowly, you notice it. You think about it before you go to bed, you think about it when you wake up, you think about it while you’re eating, you even think about it while you’re out and about having a good time, but you push it away. You continue to push and push and push until you’ve convinced yourself that it’s not actually happening. That everything is okay. That everything is not changing.

CHANGE. I learned that change is the reason behind it all. Once my biggest fear and greatest enemy, a six letter word that holds an enormous power over every single one of us. But after four years, I’ve come to accept it as it is. EVERYONE will change, EVERYTHING has to change and that’s okay.

I learned that a lot of things are okay. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to fail a test, it’s okay to get in trouble, it’s okay to not have your entire life figured out, and it’s okay not to be okay.

You failed a test, but so what? We’ve all been there. All it takes is a bit of hard work and determination and you’ll get there.

You got in trouble, but so what? I’ve been to the office more times than I can count but, you know what? I don’t care. I don’t care because I know I’m a good person, and talking back to a teacher doesn’t change that.

You went out on a Saturday night even though you had a big test on Monday. But so what? In a couple of years, you won’t remember grades that were the product of tests who really only tested your ability to memorize, you’ll remember the crazy nights out you had with your best friends and all the laughs and inside jokes you shared.


You missed a day of school without a “legitimate” excuse. But so what? God knows I’ve had my fair share of “I do not want to go to school today” days. As long as you stay on top of your work, you’re allowed to take a day for yourself. Give yourself a break, you deserve it.

Now, this isn’t me telling you to be a bad student or anything like that. This is me telling you to be kind to yourself. I learned that I am allowed to make mistakes and I have to forgive yourself. I have to forgive myself and forgive my peers because we are all more than percentages, we are more than slut-shaming, we are more than deadlines, we are more than seating plans, but most importantly, we are all so much more than 9-digit student numbers. We are people before we are students and we have a life outside of school. School does not define us, never has, never will.

You may find yourself stuck at a place you thought you’d never be. You could be alone, or you could be surrounded by people but still feel completely and utterly alone. I learned that finding your people takes time, but trust me, you’ll get there. It will take time but one day, you’ll look around and you’ll realize that you finally feel secure. You’ll be surrounded by people who love and care about you and everything will finally feel okay.

Throughout these rough times, one thing I reminded myself and continue to remind myself today is that none of this will matter in five years. I learned that high school is temporary and my wonderful, loving, annoying best friends and the memories we shared are all that I will carry with me as I exit Forest Hill Collegiate Institute once and for all in October (why do we have to graduate next year again?). I’ll probably also keep in mind that the Mitochondria is the Powerhouse of the Cell and God knows SOH CAH TOA will forever pop up in my head when I hear the word “math”.

All in all, it’s surely been an interesting ride, Forest Hill. If you’re reading this and you haven’t reached the finish line yet, as many of us Grade 12’s have this year, good luck. I’m kidding, you will be fine, I think.

High school will teach you many, many, many things, but you’ll realize soon enough that the most valuable lessons are the ones you taught yourself.

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Six Podcasts by Grade 11 Students

These podcasts were written and recorded by FHCI Grade 11 English students.

Amelia talks about biracial identity:

Andi’s interviews about ads and body image:

Jules talks to fellow “sneaker heads” in this podcast:

Evelyn discusses conspiracy theories:

Emma talks about school spirit (and the lack thereof) in this podcast:

Sandra’s interviews about gender and sexual identity:

Pets of FHCI: Ace

This pet belongs to Abi P

What interesting tricks can Ace do?

“An interesting trick he can do is stand on two feet for about a minute if he wants a treat! He also loves Harry Potter and gets absolutely excited when anything Harry Potter related plays on TV; he drops everything he is doing and comes and cuddles up to watch any of the Harry Potter movies!”

How has your pet changed your life in anyway?

“Ace has changed my life since I am able to turn to him during the stressful exam seasons! He always has my back and accompanies me happily through everything. Ace is always happy and excited and instantly boosts my mood when I am feeling down. He makes my family whole and although it might sound cheesy he is the final funny and wild piece to my family.”

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