The Lower School Dance program gives elementary aged students the opportunity to participate in dance regardless of level or years of experience. Throughout these dance classes students will be introduced to and explore movement, while also focusing on coordination, flexibility, and strength. Students will spend time learning different genres of dance including jazz, hip hop, ballet, musical theater, and much more. Not only will students learn techniques that are required of these styles, but they will also learn choreography throughout the year. In addition, there are more opportunities for these students to expand their knowledge and training of dance through the after school program.
The Middle School Dance program is designed to make dance accessible to all students in sixth through eighth grade regardless of experience. It introduces them to basic principles of movement, a heightened sense of body awareness, coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, and poise. Middle School students experience a quarter of dance in which they will learn ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop styles. Students will also take place in supplemental dance classes such as stretching, strengthening, and conditioning sessions.
The Upper School Dance program is designed to create well-rounded, strong technicians and artistic, powerful performers regardless of experience. The program caters to the specialists who wish to work on an intense and advanced level as well as those who would like to discover and learn a more personal development process through dance. Students study an array of styles including ballet, contemporary, modern, musical theater, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Students also partake in supplemental classes including stretching, strengthening, technique, and conditioning sessions. All levels of Upper School dance have the opportunity to work with guest artists from across the globe, gaining experience in styles outside of the curriculum.
Extracurricular Dance Ensemble companies for both Middle and Upper School require auditions in the fall and meet after school. Dancers will have the opportunity to perform throughout the year, including Chapels, Grandparents’ Days, Touring Day, Spring Dance Concert, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge choreographers and teachers from around the globe as well as with excellent resident faculty.