Arts
Performing Arts

Dance

Elementary School Dance K-6

The elementary dance program is available to all students in grades K-6. Students in grades K-2 meet once a week for pre-ballet and beginning ballet. The intermediate and advanced levels in grades 3-6 meet two-three times a week for ballet and contemporary dance. Creative Movement for Kindergarteners begins in January where students explore ballet, contemporary and dance-improv. The advanced students are eligible for Pointe classes beginning in grade 6. All classes meet after school. Dancers perform in Winter & Spring recitals and 4th-6th Grade with the Secondary Repertory Company.

Middle School Dance 7-8

Our secondary dance program is for grade 7-12 students. Middle school students have the opportunity to place in high school level dance classes. Dancers select instruction in Vagonova Ballet or various contemporary dance styles (Graham, Horton, Taylor). Our focus for our middle school dancers is to begin instruction through proper technique where progress, discipline, and self-confidence are developed. Dancers have the opportunity to audition and perform in the Campbell Hall Dance Company production of The Nutcracker and in the Spring Concert as well as the end of the year recital.  

High School Dance 9-12

In high school, dancers select instruction in Vagonova Ballet or various contemporary dance styles (Graham, Horton, Taylor). Beginning in the sophomore year of high school, students may elect to do both. We incorporate educational theories in order to cultivate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for our high school dance students. Our secondary dance students are knowledgeable in the language of dance in order to use their natural passion for movement as a means of communication and self-expression. Dancers have the opportunity to audition and perform in the Campbell Hall Dance Company production of The Nutcracker and in the Spring Concert as well as the end of the year recital.  

Secondary Dance Course Descriptions

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  • DANCE I

    This full-year coed dance class is offered to all students who are either new to dance or who have had a significant gap in their dance training. Students will actively engage in learning ballet technique the first semester and modern-based contemporary technique the second semester. The class incorporates strengthening and stretching exercises. The ballet dance history included in this course covers the late 16th century to the present. The modern dance history included in this course covers the development of modern dance in the early 20th century to the present. In addition to movement quizzes, students write two short papers on dance history and complete two group choreography assignments. (Grades 7-12; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • DANCE IIB

    This full-year coed ballet class is for students with at least one year of previous dance training. Students learn advanced-beginning ballet technique, and, if ready, begin pointe work during the second semester. Students focus on correct body placement and alignment, developing musicality, and proper transfer of weight. Throughout the year, students work to understand and control the turn-out of their legs from their hips, the placement and control of their arms and head, and the line of their bodies. Students begin to take responsibility for memorizing combinations quickly and are expected to attain a sufficient degree of mind-body awareness in order to self-correct during exercises. The ballet history included in this course covers the 16th-18th centuries. The dancers will have at least one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisite: Dance I and/or department approval; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • BALLET COMPANY APPRENTICES

    This is a full-year coed intermediate ballet class for students with previous training. This class is designed to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, and a sense of “center” for the demands of intermediate ballet technique. The students do a ballet barre to establish placement, alignment, and stability. They work in the center to master adagio, turns, jumps, and linking steps. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. This class is open to students who are and are not yet en pointe. The ballet history included in this course covers the Romantic era in ballet. The dancers have at least one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisites: Dance IIB and/or department approval, dancers en pointe and/or department approval; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • BALLET COMPANY CORPS DE BALLET

    This is a full year co-ed intermediate ballet class. The class moves at a quicker pace and combinations become longer. The class works on movements such as double pirouettes and simple jumps embellished with beats. Pointe work becomes increasingly advanced, and students are expected to wear their pointe shoes more often. Students will also learn the history of the Classical era in ballet. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. Students will regularly complete self-assessments of their technical skills and progress. Dancers will have at least one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisites: Ballet Company Apprentices and/or department approval, females en pointe)
  • BALLET COMPANY SOLOISTS

    This is a full-year coed intermediate-advanced ballet class for students with previous training. This class moves at an accelerated pace as students incorporate and build upon the skills learned in the previous levels, learn new and more challenging ballet vocabulary, develop their artistry, and dance en pointe more often. Students learn to think critically about dance, and they know what it takes to rehearse and prepare for a performance. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. Students must be en pointe to enter this class. The ballet history included in this course covers the Russian influence in the early 20th century. The dancers will have at least one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisites: Ballet Company Corps de Ballet and/or department approval, dancers en pointe; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • BALLET COMPANY PRINCIPALS

    This is a full year co-ed advanced ballet class. Students learn new and challenging ballet vocabulary at an accelerated pace and dance en pointe in every class. The dancers also have monthly assignments to discover current dancers, choreographers, and dance companies. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. Students will regularly complete self-assessments of their technical skills and progress. Dancers will have at least one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 8-12; prerequisites: Ballet Company Soloists and/or department approval, females en pointe)
  • BALLET POINTE/VARIATIONS

    The objective of this full year class is to teach our most advanced and serious dancers how to express their individual musicality and artistry. Throughout the year the students learn variations, short dances ranging from one to two minutes, from Classical era ballets such as Paquita , La Bayadere, and Raymonda. Students are assessed by their performance of each variation. Students are also given monthly physical strength/flexibility assessments as well as being expected to keep a journal of personal reflections of their own progress, their thoughts on inspirational videos of professional dancers they study, etc. Students dance en pointein every class. Dancers will have at least one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. (Grades 11-12; prerequisites: seniors should have spent one year in Ballet and/or Contemporary Principals, juniors must be concurrently enrolled in Ballet Company or Contemporary Company Principals, and/or department approval)
  • DANCE IIA

    Dance IIA is a full-year beginning modern-based contemporary dance class for students who have had previous training. Students will receive training in Graham technique in this class. The emphasis of the class is to continue to learn and refine the students’ comprehension and application of beginning-intermediate modern vocabulary and movement, focusing on body placement and awareness, learning to self-correct, developing musicality, and performance skills. Students will build additional contemporary dance skills such as improvisation, composition, and partnering. Dancers will have one performance opportunity as a class at the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisite: Dance I and/or department approval; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • CONTEMPORARY COMPANY ENSEMBLE

    Contemporary Ensemble is a full year advanced-beginning modern-based contemporary dance class. In this class, students will focus on Horton technique and understand its significant contribution to dance. Students learn to take responsibility for memorizing combinations quickly and accurately and are expected to attain a sufficient degree of mind-body awareness in order to self-correct during exercises. Throughout the year, students work to understand and control the turnout of their hips, placement and control of their arms, and the line of their bodies. Students will continue to work on improvisation, composition, and partnering.The dancers will have at least one performance opportunity as a class in the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisites: Dance IIA and/or department approval; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • CONTEMPORARY COMPANY SOLOISTS

    Contemporary Soloists is a full year intermediate modern-based contemporary dance class. This class moves at an accelerated pace as students incorporate and build upon skills learned in the previous levels while learning new and more challenging movement vocabulary that focuses on Cunningham technique. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. Students will work more regularly on improvisation skills, composition, and partnering and contact work. The dancers will have at least one performance opportunity as a class in the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 7-12; prerequisites: Contemporary Company Ensemble and/or department approval; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)
  • CONTEMPORARY COMPANY PRINCIPALS

    Contemporary Principals is a full year advanced modern-based contemporary dance class. Students learn new and challenging contemporary vocabulary at an accelerated pace. In this class, students learn Limon and release technique and work intensively on floorwork. Students continue to work on improvisation and partnering, as well as working frequently on composition assignments. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. The dancers will have at least one performance opportunity as a class in the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. It is not uncommon for students to spend more than one year at the same level. (Grades 8-12; prerequisites: Contemporary Company Soloists and/or department approval; fulfills PE requirement).
  • CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS' LAB

    Choreographers’ Lab is a full year advanced modern-based contemporary dance class. The class progresses at an accelerated pace and is geared toward students who have the ability to both execute and appreciate varied choreographic styles and processes. Students are asked to use technical skills acquired in the previous levels in new and challenging ways in order to create their own authentic choreography. The class focuses on developing new vocabulary, as well as expanding students’ understanding of contemporary dance history, including exposure to a wide variety of choreographers and their works. Due to the brisk pace of this class, success will be enhanced by students’ ability to receive feedback and remain open to the creative process. Dancers will have at least two opportunities to create works on others and one opportunity to create their own solo to be performed in the January Student Choreography Showcase. They will have one performance opportunity as a class in the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. (Grades 9-12; prerequisites: Contemporary Company Principals and/or department approval; Fulfills PE and Arts requirement).
  • CHOREOGRAPHERS' LAB ADVANCED

    Choreographers’ Lab Advanced is a full year advanced dance composition course for students who have completed Choreographers’ Lab. Advanced contemporary dancers will continue to develop their choreography skills and deepen their focus in specific areas that interest them. Students will continue to learn about the choreographic techniques and professional choreographers they began to study in Choreographer's Lab. They will have the flexibility to select the activities and projects to create their own course curriculum, giving them the ability to focus on specific areas of interest in the field of dance and choreography such as pedagogy, dance on film, performance skills, creating longer productions, solo work, ensemble work, site-specific work, or whatever they might dream up. Dancers will have the option to produce work for the January Student Choreography Showcase as well as opportunities to create work on themselves and others. They will have one performance opportunity as a class in the Spring Arts Festival Dance Concert. (Grades 10-12; prerequisite: Contemporary Choreographers’ Lab; fulfills PE and Arts requirement)

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