The Dance Department maintains a supportive, rigorous and challenging dance atmosphere that prepares students for the requirements of today’s professional dance world. Students receive training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, dance history, music theory, theatre improvisation, nutrition, and injury prevention. Because the program utilizes the artist-teacher instructional concept, students have the advantage of knowing and experiencing dance as an art.
Audition Expectations: At the audition, students are assessed on acquired skills in all areas of dance and personal fitness for dance. Students must have the knowledge and ability to execute dance terminology in ballet, modern, jazz, and perform two out of the three with strength. Students will take a class in ballet, jazz and modern and must be dressed appropriately. The class will start with a ballet barre followed by center and adagio, a quick jazz warm-up followed by across-the-floor combinations and a center combination, and then a modern class with across-the-floors and a center variation. Students are evaluated upon demonstration of the following skills: mental ability; energy level within the classes; flexibility of back, legs and hip sockets; feet and foot articulation; musicality and phrasing; rhythmic accuracy; quick recall of combinations; presence, carriage and ability to perform given combinations with style and grace.
Students currently in 6-11th grades are eligible to apply.