The Performing Arts Department
The dance department is designed to aid girls in the development of kinesthetic intelligence and to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication. Dancers build self-esteem and strength. With class offerings from the beginning to advanced levels, girls discover that dance is an art form that links mind and body.
Students of all levels are provided with multiple performing opportunities. These include two Family Weekend presentations, The Winter Concert, the Spring Community Dance Concert, and the Dance Performance Evening the night before graduation. Members of the select group, Dance Performance Project, participate in numerous festivals and benefit concerts. In the past, they have performed in Athens and London, traveled to the Soviet Union to see the Bolshoi Ballet and to visit the world famous Vaganova School. In the spring, the advanced dancers travel to New York City for professional-level dance classes and to see a Broadway musical.
Master classes, with a variety of professionals, happen each year. These have included workshops with Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins, Garth Fagen, and Susan Strohmann choreographic styles.
Beginning/Intermediate (Beg/Int) Dance introduces students to a variety of dance techniques and vocabulary to build upon their existing foundation of dance skills. The class is appropriate for both absolute beginners and students with some preliminary dance experience. Dancers are placed into either Advanced Dance or Beg/Int Dance after a placement class at the beginning of each term. Beg/Int Dance gets students moving during the school day and improves their flexibility, body awareness, and overall fitness. The class is designed to be fun and to help students overcome any self-consciousness they may have about dancing. The dancers learn ballet, contemporary, and jazz dance techniques as well as some hip-hop, yoga, and Pilates. The Beg/Int Dance class performs once per term.
This course provides the advanced dancer a venue to pursue the strength and technique necessary to dance on Pointe. Pointe meets after the academic day and fulfills one art requirement. Written and choreographed projects are required. This is a full year, pass/fail course that fulfills one art requirement.
Dance Performance Project
This performing group is for advanced dancers interested in furthering their performance opportunities. Students perform frequently during the year at benefits, schools and other locations, experiencing the joys and trials of a performer on tour. This is a full year, pass/fail performance ensemble that fulfills 3 arts requirements. An audition is required.
IB Dance (Standard Level)
The practice of dance helps to explore and value the diversity of the arts across history, the world and its cultures. The IB Dance course will help students to understand dance as a set of disciplines with their own background and assumptions, and to understand that these practices incorporate physical, intellectual and emotional knowledge. This course aims to appreciate mastery in various dance styles in traditions familiar and unfamiliar. Students will focus in three major areas: choreography, performance and research, and will aim to express ideas with self-assurance and proficiency. They will come to see that dance can communicate various world cultures from their school environment, the surrounding community and the globe.
*International Baccalaureate courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.