Our dance teachers believe that by engaging the brain, body and personality, dance heightens kinesthetic and musical intelligence, promotes civility and community, and relieves stress.

Classes in contemporary dance styles are offered at various grade levels. Courses focus on dances from many cultures, enriched by the frequent participation of guest artists. Contemporary dance classes allow students to experience a variety of modern and social dance forms, from the past and the present.

  • Upper School: Black Social Dance

    This class identifies and explores the origins of Black Social Dance* and its subsequent modern contexts, meanings, and applications. The class will define and explore the Africanist Aesthetic as it relates to dance of body, mind, and spirit.

    *Black social dances are dances that emanate from and are created within a certain Black of Pan African cultural imagination and practice. They are available to all people, however, regardless of cultural or ethnic affinity. Black social dances function as places of universal social release and sites of spontaneous creative expression. They are inherently inter-cultural, borrowing, adapting, and re-forming themselves and lending to the diverse and ever-evolving dance landscape.

  • Upper School: Creative Dance

    This class focuses on exploring and creating movement. Students embody the elements of dance by trying out a variety of styles, and on any given day, students will be breakdancing, belly dancing, balancing their partner on their back, swing dancing, or swashbuckling. Students explore new ways of moving while learning the basic dance Habits of Mind: focus, observation, awareness, and control of body in space.

  • Upper School: Community Dance Structures/Lindy Hop

    In this class, students will learn the Lindy Hop, the original swing dance. Students will learn the basic footwork, rhythm, and foundational skills involved in this fun and athletic partner dance. Students will engage in the history and social aspects of the dance as well as learn set choreography. The class includes a variety of movements that fall under the swing dance umbrella such as The Shim Sham, The Big Apple, and other authentic jazz dances from the Swing Era.

  • Upper School: Jazz, Theater, Dance, and Popular Styles

    This class concentrates on contemporary jazz, classic theater dance, and other popular movement styles. Jazz dance includes influences from African and Latin styles as well as swing and ballet. Students will dive into these styles and explore their histories and techniques.

  • Upper School: Latin Social Dance

    In this class, students will learn the salsa dance, the fun, lively, and social dance deeply rooted in Latin American popular music. The class will teach the history and cultural context of the dance as well as the basic footwork, rhythm, and foundational skills necessary to dance socially and perform choreography.

  • Upper School: Performing Dance Ensemble

    This class is for those who love to learn and create dances, and for those who love to perform. Students will explore improvisational exercises and choreographic devices and will learn how to build skills in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication, through dance, in a non-competitive environment.

  • Middle School: Advanced Dance Ensemble

    This intensive course is designed to strengthen each student's dance and movement technique, as well as their choreographic skills and artistry, while building a strong ensemble that performs throughout the year. The class explores contemporary movement forms, including modern dance, hip hop styles, and more, in a non-competitive environment.

  • Middle School: Contemporary Jazz

    This class focuses on creating and learning contemporary and jazz-style dances. Students will dive into these styles and explore isolation and syncopated rhythms, and will also learn technique, improvisation, and choreography for performance.

  • Middle School: Community Modern Dance

    In this class, students learn to dance from the inside out. Collectively students define what “community” means, as a group of learners and as a group of developing human beings who are dancing together. Through a class primarily based in the Lester Horton Modern Dance technique, students learn how to dance with precision, line, form, and grace.

  • Middle School: Dance for Musical Theater

    The dance scenes in a play or movie advance the plot, bring a time period to life, or reveal a character. In this class, students learn dances from different musicals that serve each of these purposes.

  • Middle School: Hip Hop Styles

    In this class students learn a variety of styles in the hip hop family including: breaking, popping, waving, party dances and more. Class includes warm-up, skills practice, freestyling and choreography. This class is geared towards students who are interested in improving their dancing and performing.

  • Middle School: Jump into Dance

    A creative and cultural approach to the world of dance, through a variety of styles. Improvisational games and choreography exercises will help students to embody dance concepts such as space, time, energy, and force. Students will learn steps that are basic to many kinds of dance and learn to put them together in a variety of dances from around the world. This is an introductory class for all 6th graders.

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