El Estoque

Urban Soul Movement: A member and some of his favorite moves

Urban Soul Movement: A member and some of his favorite moves

Alyssa Hui

March 24, 2018


Filed under Briefs

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]rban Soul Movement is a MVHS club that focuses on learning and practicing breakdancing. It meets every Friday after school in room D109, the dance room. Senior Joshua Citajaya shows off three different moves that he has learned and practiced during his time at USM. The Chair F...

Freshman Bollywood dance

Freshman Bollywood dance

Hannah Lee

January 30, 2018


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]reshman Purva Gangur lined up in the gym with her friends, feeling excited to start learning Bollywood as part of the freshman P.E. dance unit. There was an apprehensive buzz of chatter among the students who had heard that all of the freshman P.E. classes would be learning a Bol...

Spotlite dates moved up because of schedule complications

Spotlite dates moved up because of schedule complications

Aanchal Garg

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT

A lmost 50 people filed into math teacher Sushma Bana’s room during lunch, most arriving within minutes of the bell ringing. MVHS Indo-American Student Association (IASA) officers huddled at the front of the room, waiting to start their presentation. Their audience was a group of dancers, singers a...

Taking the floor: What makes different Indian dances unique

Taking the floor: What makes different Indian dances unique

Michelle Wong

November 15, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]I[/su_dropcap]n a school where the student body is 83 percent Asian, influences from different Asian cultures are especially prominent. One such way for South Asian students to express their cultural heritage is through the numerous forms of Indian dance, whether it...

Highlights of the 2017 Homecoming rally

Highlights of the 2017 Homecoming rally

Michelle Wong

October 13, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

Additional reporting by Hannah Lee, Shayon Moradi, Ilena Peng and Sharjeel Rahman Although the Homecoming football was canceled due to the poor air conditions, MVHS still demonstrated their spirit and enthusiasm by participating in the rally. Students showed their upbeat performances that had the c...

Can’t Stop the Feeling: Bhangra dancers prepare for their final performance

Can’t Stop the Feeling: Bhangra dancers prepare for their final performance

Shriya Deshpande

May 31, 2017


Filed under GIFs, Multimedia

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne team, one practice every Friday, one final performance for the school year: as the Bhangra team prepares to spring into their performances, they receive a final word of advice and a wealth of encouragement from team captains who have since graduated MVHS.   In one of their ...

Great America’s Dance Days: now includes MVHS

Great America’s Dance Days: now includes MVHS

Sara Entezarmahdi

April 6, 2017


Filed under Briefs

The show was soon to begin as the girls hurry backstage, rehearsing what they could in their small assorted huddles. On Saturday April 1st, the three MVHS dance class periods were given the option to perform at California’s Great America’s Dance Days, an annual dancing performance including different...

Sophomores prepare for 2017 Powderpuff

Sophomores prepare for 2017 Powderpuff

Aanchal Garg

March 10, 2017


Filed under Briefs, SPORTS

A crowd in the bleachers, cheerleaders on the track and players reviewing the playbook. Although this sounds like the scene for the MVHS football team playing under the Friday night lights, it isn’t; it’s the soon-to-come scene of the 2017 annual Powderpuff games. The well-spirited class of 2019 ...

Urban Soul Movement holds practice for upcoming spring showcase

Urban Soul Movement holds practice for upcoming spring showcase

Priya Reddy

March 8, 2017


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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past Wednesday, March 1, Urban Soul Movement practiced for the upcoming Spring Showcase. Practices started at the beginning of the year and will continue on in the weeks leading up the showcase in May. Choreography will mainly include elements from hip hop, such  as b-boying...

The art of dance: How to do simple ballet movements

The art of dance: How to do simple ballet movements

Devika Watave

March 8, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]allet has been a part of senior Linnea Cheek’s life since she was two years old. What began as a means of channeling her energy slowly evolved into an activity that combines precision and pleasure. Because of ballet’s elaborate and intricate dance steps, it often takes time just...