With a faculty and guest artist roster of professional dancers, teachers, choreographers, and directors, the dance program is premised on guiding students towards developing dance artistry by building a solid technical foundation, adding dimension to performance/choreographic skills, broadening knowledge of dance history, heritage and culture and creating mature dance artists with deeper connections to the power of dance as a means of self-expression and a vehicle for communicating ideas, inspirations and personal points of view. Students entering the dance program should be prepared to explore dance techniques and styles that may be new to them, and to embrace various ideas and approaches to the technical and performance aspects of dance that will in turn augment, enrich and build upon their previous or concurrent dance training. The program also prepares and motivates those with talent and interest towards university dance majors and/or career directions in dance and related areas including professional performance, education and dance therapy.
The curriculum includes a sequential programming of courses (Dance 1-5) with an integrated focus on Jazz Dance and Contemporary Dance. Classes incorporate foundational elements of classical ballet, along with essential technical and stylistic components, history and explorations of jazz dance techniques including: Luigi, Matt Mattox, and Jack Cole; and modern dance techniques including: Graham, Horton, Cunningham, and Release. Performance opportunities include: Student Choreography Showcase, Spring Dance Concert, Holiday Concert, Sports Extravaganza, community outreach events, and others.
Dance classes are available to all UpperSchool students, although enrollment in intermediate and advanced levels requires permission of the instructor. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention. Students are expected to dress in proper dance attire, including appropriate footwear. As it is a physical discipline and a performing art, credit for a dance class maybe used for either second year of Physical Educations (1-year) or arts (two years). Levels offered each semester will depend upon enrollment, and every class listed may not be offered each semester.