Dance

Students currently in 6-7th grades may apply for Middle School Arts Instruction.
Students currently in 8-11th grades may apply for High School Arts Instruction.

The NOCCA Dance program maintains a supportive, rigorous and challenging dance atmosphere that prepares students for the requirements of today’s professional dance world. Students receive technical dance training in Classical Ballet, Modern (Horton Technique), Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and African Diasporic Dance, with supplemental instruction in Yoga, Rhythmic Analysis, Anatomy & Nutrition for Dancers, Dance History, Dance Improvisation, and Dance Composition. Additional training is provided through student choreography projects, masterclasses, and our visiting Artist in Residence program, which gives students the opportunity to work closely with world renowned choreographers and performers. Our curriculum reflects the quality of intense training and artistic development that any young aspiring dancer will need to succeed at the college level, and in the professional dance world. Utilizing the artist-teacher instructional concept, students have the advantage of learning, knowing and experiencing dance as an artistic form.

MISSION

It is the mission of the Dance Department at NOCCA to provide a complete and comprehensive dance education experience in a nurturing and disciplined environment to all of our students. We use dance as a foundational vehicle to integrate physical, intellectual, and emotional capacities and to further develop students’ self-discipline, integrity, responsibility, aesthetic awareness, and creative problem solving. 

ADMISSION INTO THE DANCE PROGRAM

NOCCA Dance has the following levels of instruction: Middle School, Intro, and Levels I-IV. Some high school students may be accepted into the Intro program. Through the Intro Program we offer 9th and 10th grade students, who exhibit potential and have a strong desire to participate in the NOCCA High school dance program, the opportunity to train intensively and prepare to audition for the leveled high school program the following year.

THE AUDITION:

  • Movement: You will take abbreviated dance classes in ballet, modern, jazz and tap technique with an opportunity to showcase your best movement qualities through improvisation.
  • Assessment: You will be assessed on your demonstration of the following skills: mental ability; energy level within the classes; flexibility of back, legs, feet and foot articulation; musicality and phrasing; rhythmic accuracy; quick recall of combinations; presence and carriage, and ability to perform given combinations with confidence; and your overall passion for dance.

Do not prepare choreography for this audition. You will take instructions from the NOCCA dance faculty.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

With your completed application:

Film yourself answering the following interview questions related to your goals and your vision for your future in dance:

What style of dance are you strongest in? (ex. ballet, hip hop, jazz, etc)

Describe your interest in dance, and what role you see dance having in your future post high school.

Describe an experience that reflects your passion for dance.

Describe a specific instance when you received a personal correction in dance class.

a. How did it make you feel when you received the critique?
b. What was the correction?
c. How did you apply the correction at that specific moment?
d. Were you able to maintain the adjustment, or did you receive the same correction the next time you came to class?

While filming, ensure the lighting in your room is bright enough so we can see you. Set up your device so that your body from the waist up is in full view of the camera. This recording must be submitted with the application. 

PREPARING FOR THE AUDITION:

Come dressed in dance clothes.

  • Females
    Modern, Improvisation – Black leotard, black convertible tights
    Jazz – Black leotard, black convertible tights, jazz shoes, (NO JAZZ SNEAKERS)
    Tap – Black leotard, black convertible tights, black oxford style (lace up) tap shoes, (tap shoes will be provided if a student does not have access to them)
    Ballet – Black leotard, pink tights with pink ballet shoes or flesh tone tights with flesh tone ballet shoes
  • Males
    All Disciplines – black tights, white T-shirt, ballet, jazz and tap shoes (tap shoes may be provided to students that do not have access to them, or jazz shoes will be allowed.

Hair should be pulled back away from the face and secured tightly in a puff or a bun (or as close to a puff or a bun as possible). No jewelry can be worn and nails must be trimmed to the edges of the fingertips.

Those not appropriately dressed or arriving late will need to politely ask permission to join the audition.

In addition to individual department requirements, all applicants will:

  • Upload to the application a 1-2 minute video of the applicant answering the question, “Why do I want to train at NOCCA?"
  • Upload to the application a copy of the most recent report card. Applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Be prepared with the email of an adult who is not related to you to complete your recommendation. Your recommender will receive an email from Acceptd with a link to fill out a recommendation form online.
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Faculty

Photo of Brad Broomfield Brad Broomfield Dance Percussionist

 

 

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Photo of Heidi Malnar Heidi Malnar Dance Instructor | Tap, Yoga

Heidi Malnar is an Emmy Award and two-time Big Easy Award winning dancer and choreographer from Chicago. She is the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap– New Orleans’ Premier Rhythm Tap Company; whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve America’s indigenous dance form in the birthplace of jazz.…

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Tianna Pourciau Sykes is a dance educator, choreographer, and performing artist with experience spanning 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kennesaw State University.…

Photo of Kelly White Kelly White Dance Instructor | African Diasporic Dance

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kelly Seph White is a performer, choreographer, researcher and dance educator. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.A.…

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