Class I Dance

Department:  Lower School

Class I Dance
Class I students understand their body as an instrument, and dance as a form of communication. They learn bone names through experiential anatomy. Through games, choreography and improvisations they explore themes of body, energy, space, time, and relationship. They make shapes alone and with partners using levels, focus, prepositional words, and directions. They understand energy qualities such as sharp and sustained, collapse and explode. They demonstrate the partner skills of copying, leading, following, and mirroring. They dance in response to books, poems, music, and with a variety of props. They learn ballet technique and social dances. They share informal solo and duet performances in front of peers. Class I students are given explicit instruction in executive function skills, audience etiquette, and mindfulness.