In the Art of Dance course, students are introduced to intermediate and advanced level dance concepts and technique through a comprehensive dance program. This curriculum will allow students to increase flexibility, build muscular strength, and learn technique from several different genres of dance, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Students will enjoy learning about the body and how it moves and exploring different styles of choreography and performance. Students delve deeply into the elements of time, space, force, and shape and use these elements to compose dance pieces and explore the creation process. They will be challenged to grow as dancers and push themselves to truly use their body as an instrument.
Upper School dancers benefit from extensive technique conditioning and technical progressions designed to improve overall movement quality and expand their movement vocabulary. Students work on intermediate and advanced level turns, leaps, and jumps and they are encouraged to use improvisation to find their creative voice. Third and fourth year Art of Dance are guided through beginner and intermediate lessons in dance composition and try their hand at choreographing multiple pieces within select genres. Multiple times throughout the year, these advanced students will lead the class by teaching their individual choreography to their peers. This opportunity is designed to expose students to dance from the choreographer's perspective and allow them to respond to their thoughts, ideas, and passions through dance.
This is a year-long co-ed course open to students in grades 9-12. No previous dance experience is required and the students will perform regularly.