Dance


Dance in the Upper School introduces students to the genres of ballet, jazz, modern, and ethnic dance presented in cultural and historical context. Students learn vocabulary, principles and elements of each style. The focus of the class is on students’ development of kinesiological body awareness, technical facility, spatial expressiveness, and personal creativity. Evaluation of student progress is continual and is integrated into the daily learning process in the following ways: teacher critique, student self-assessment, and peer response.

Dance in the Middle School consists of ballet, jazz, modern, and ethnic dance which are presented in their cultural and historical contexts. Vocabulary, principles and elements of each style are taught. Skills learned in Middle School dance classes are refined and reinforced in Upper School dance classes.



Middle School

The Middle School dance program introduces students to the genres of ballet, jazz, modern, and ethnic dance presented in cultural and historical context. Students will learn vocabulary, principles and elements of each style. Class focus is on students’ development of body awareness, technical facility, spatial expressiveness, and personal creativity. Students will be given the opportunity to perform in an informal and/or formal concert for peers, parents and community.

Upper School

Upper School Dance introduces students to the genres of ballet, jazz, modern, and ethnic dance presented in cultural and historical context. Students learn vocabulary, principles and elements of each style. The focus of the class is on students’ development of body awareness, technical facility, spatial expressiveness, and personal creativity. During this class, fundamental dance skills and techniques as demonstrated by the teacher are practiced by students. Students compare and contrast their movements with those of their instructor. Warm-up (injury prevention) is emphasized. Students are given the opportunity to perform in an informal and/or formal concert for peers, parents and community.

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