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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 repertory company and at the Spring Arts Festival.  

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 repertory company and at the Spring Arts Festival.

Secondary Dance Course Descriptions

List of 13 items.

  • DANCE I

    This full-year coed dance class is offered to all students who are either new to dance or who have had a 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 ballet dance history included in this course covers the late 16th century. The modern dance history included in this course covers the development of modern dance in the early 20th century. In addition to written and physical performance quizzes and tests, students complete two group choreography assignments--one for ballet and one for contemporary--and a written performance review. Students will regularly complete self-assessments of their technical skills and progress. (Grades 7-12)
  • DANCE IIB

    This full-year coed dance class is for students with some previous dance training. Students learn intermediate-beginning ballet technique, and--if ready--begin pointe work during the second semester. The emphasis of the class is to continue to learn and refine the student’s comprehension and application of ballet vocabulary and movement. Students focus on the study of body placement, correct alignment, developing musicality, and proper transfer of weight. Students begin to take responsibility for memorizing combinations quickly. The ballet history included in this course covers the 16th-17th centuries. 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; prerequisite: Dance I and/or department approval)
  • DANCE III

    This full-year coed dance class requires at least two current years of focused ballet training. This advanced-beginning course allows students the opportunity to learn ballet andpointe technique. The focus is to continue to learn and refine the student’s comprehension and application of ballet vocabulary and movement. 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 legs from the hips, the placement and control of their arms, and the line of their bodies. The ballet history included in this course covers the 18th century. 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: Dance IIB and/or department approval, females en pointe , and/or department approval)
  • BALLET COMPANY APPRENTICES

    This is a full-year coed beginning-intermediate dance class. Students are introduced to new movement vocabulary, increase physical strength, flexibility, and stamina, and learn proper company etiquette. Due to the fast pace of the class and performance requirements, students are expected to retain corrections and choreography. The ballet history included in this course covers the Romantic era. 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: Dance III and/or department approval, females en pointe, and/or department approval)
  • 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 advanced-intermediate dance class. This class moves at an accelerated pace as students incorporate and build upon skills learned in the previous levels, learn new and more challenging ballet vocabulary, develop their artistry, and dance en pointe more often. 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. Students will regularly complete self-assessments of their technical skills and progress. 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, females en pointe)
  • 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

    This full-year coed dance class is offered to all students who have had beginning to intermediate dance training. Dance II A is a contemporary technique class in which students receive an entire year of Martha Graham technique. The emphasis of the class is to continue to learn and refine the students’ comprehension and application of beginning-intermediate modern vocabulary and movement. Students focus on the study of body placement: correct alignment, developing musicality, and proper transfer of weight. Students begin to self-correct, for retaining and memorizing combinations quickly. Students will experience improvisation technique and bi-weekly in-class performances. Students will complete self-assessments of their technical skills and progress, culminating in their final assessment for the year at the Curricular Dance Concert. Dancers will have one performance opportunity, which will include the Spring Arts Festival Curricular 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)
  • CONTEMPORARY COMPANY ENSEMBLE

    This is a full year co-ed advanced-beginning dance class. This class requires at least two current years of focused modern-based contemporary training. It allows students the opportunity to learn Lester Horton technique and understand its significant contribution to dance. The focus is to continue to learn and refine the student’s comprehension and application of Graham contemporary vocabulary and acquire Horton movement. 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. The dance history included in this course covers the early to middle 20th century. Students will regularly complete self-assessments of their technical skills and progress. 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: Dance IIA and/or department approval)
  • CONTEMPORARY COMPANY SOLOISTS

    This is a full year co-ed intermediate dance class. This class requires at least three current years of focused modern-based contemporary training. 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 modern-based contemporary vocabulary that focuses on Cunningham technique and frequent contact work. The dance history included in this course covers the Post Modern influence in the 20th century. 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. 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: Contemporary Company Ensemble and/or department approval)
  • CONTEMPORARY COMPANY PRINCIPALS

    This is a full year co-ed advanced-intermediate dance class. This class requires at least four current years of focused modern-based contemporary training. Students learn new and challenging contemporary vocabulary at an accelerated pace. 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. 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 8-12; prerequisites: Contemporary Company Soloists and/or department approval).
  • CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS' LAB

    This full year co-ed advanced dance class is the fourth level of the contemporary performance company curriculum and requires at least five years of current focused modern-based contemporary training. 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 respective pieces. 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 one opportunity to create group and solo works for others as well as themselves. (Grades 8-12; prerequisites: Contemporary Company Principals and/or department approval).
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