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.
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.