The Dance Department’s Mission is to inspire dance artists and movement thinkers. We foster growth of our art form through study, practice, improvisation, and performance. We strive to maintain a caring and challenging environment that allows for learning and individual expression.
Dance VI is an introduction to Ballet, Modern, and Jazz dance techniques. In this course, students will learn vocabulary, technical skills, choreography, and dance history. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas through dance composition. Dance is a performing art and the students will have the opportunity to participate in the Winter Termâ€™s Dance production, and the Spring Termâ€™s Middle School Choreography Presentation. Learning various dance techniques and performing will help further the creative side of each student as they broaden their knowledge of steps.
Dance VII/VIII course is for the beginning/intermediate dancer (expanding on the Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance techniques learned in Dance VI) who wants to explore more technique and dance composition. It teaches the primary principles of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz dance technique vocabulary using a variety of training methods to develop proper alignment, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Students will learn the body positions, balance, turns, loco motor skills, and choreographic skills. There will be two performance opportunities aligned with this class; students will have the opportunity to participate in the Winter Term’s Dance production and the Spring Term’s Middle School Choreography Presentation.