We offer a comprehensive dance program designed to develop well rounded, versatile and creative dancers. Students study a variety of techniques and genres including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Latin, African, Pilates and Composition. There are opportunities to perform faculty and student generated work throughout the year. Guest artists offer master classes and students attend performances of professional companies.
Introduction to Fine Arts: Dance
As part of our freshman Introduction to Fine Arts course, students will spend four weeks in this Dance course exploring the fundamentals of dance including a basic body warm-up with attention to alignment, core strengthening, basic dance technique and body mechanics.
Students explore their own creativity with the basics of composition – experimenting with the use of space, directions, tempos and levels. Students formalize their own movement, based on everyday movement and gesture, into dance through experimentation with the basic elements of composition and improvisation.
During the fall season, students build their technical skills and become comfortable with the variety of genres offered in the program. They also explore their own creativity in composition class. Faculty and juried student choreography is presented in the Fall Parents Weekend Concert. The fall program also features visits from guest artists and trips to attend professional performances.
Students continue to build their technique and compositional skills.
In addition to the weekly schedule of classes, preparations are made for the Governor’s Dance Company’s concert of original faculty and student choreography in February. Students are hard at work throughout this season choreographing, rehearsing and refining their own dances, as well as those of the faculty.
The spring season is an opportunity for upperclassmen with extensive experience in the dance program (a minimum of three years) to do an independent project in dance. The students are responsible for organizing, choreographing and directing a studio concert of their own work. Students have also had the opportunity to choreograph for a spring musical. Guest artists offer master classes and students attend professional performances.
Semi-private classes are offered in pointe and tap for students of intermediate/advanced level with previous experience in these genres (additional fee applies). Contact Pam Smith, Director of Dance, for information.
"The program pushes you in a way that still makes it fun, but you don't mind working hard, either."
RACQUEL NASSOR '15
"I don't know of many high schools in the area that can offer dance year-round. I feel really lucky to be here."
KATY MAINA '15