Former East High students choreograph special dance for instructor now in hospice care

Published: Apr. 23, 2017 at 3:18 PM AKDT
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What started out as an idea quickly became a reality for a group of former East High students Sunday afternoon.

The former members of East High's dance contempo from 1994 to 2010 dusted off their jazz shoes to honor their teacher.

The dancers came together, in some cases more than 20 years after graduating to honor Jody Reed, the former director of the program.

Redd was diagnosed with brain cancer and is likely near the end of her journey, according to some of her former students.

The dancers say Reed impacted their lives and left a lasting legacy within the dance community in Anchorage.

"She would want people to come together, and to dance, and share stories about shows and long rehearsal days and silly costumes and all the time that these students put in, who are now, many of them adults with their own families and careers," Ariel Graham a 2007 East High graduate said.

To honor Reed, the dancers have put together a choreographed dance to send their former instructor in Arizona where she's currently under hospice care.