BHS student participates in gun violence PSA

BHS student participates in gun violence PSA
Posted on 02/13/2019
Binghamton High School student Trevor Terry is using his dance talents to send a powerful message about gun violence.

Last summer, Terry, a junior at BHS, appeared in an emotional video PSA that was directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The PSA is a project of Z ARTISTS GROUP, a youth dance company that raises social awareness through the arts. The video was inspired by the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, as one of the victims was a dancer.

Perry said the opportunity was presented when Michaels was seeking male dancers to participate in the video, and connected with the Perkins School of Dance, the Norwich studio where Terry is a student. Terry was chosen for the video, and traveled to New York City for a two-day shoot.

The compelling video begins with an intense depiction of a school shooting. The video then goes in reverse, as Terry and his peers perform contemporary dance to the harmonic sound of a children’s choir, singing Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.” Terry said the message struck a personal chord with him.
“[Gun violence] is a horrific thing,” Terry said. “It was very intense to step into their shoes and sort of feel what they felt.”

It was an emotional experience, but also an inspirational one.

“It was amazing. All the dancers that were part of it were incredibly talented,” he said. “We all felt such a passionate connection to what we were doing.”
Terry said he hopes to lobby against violence again in the future.

Click to watch PSA featuring Terry