Helping students foster and express their creativity
Friends offers a comprehensive K-12 dance program that allows students to foster and express their creativity. As both an art form and a discipline, our dance program develops the overall dancer with a curriculum that explores dance from many perspectives: technical, performing, choreographic, and aesthetic. Students are exposed to different forms of dance — from jazz movements in class to creating hip-hop routines after school to performing ballet on stage.
Dance classes, teams, and clubs all have opportunities to perform throughout the school year. The Spring Dance Showcase includes performances by Middle and Upper School dance classes as well as after-school ensembles.
"The language of dance moves our bodies in the artistic realm of life." Torens Johnson Dance teacher
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As part of the physical education curriculum, students experience different elements of dance and self-expression. Children in Kindergarten to fourth grade focus on creative movement, while fifth graders learn ballroom dancing.
Courses offer students an opportunity to focus on technique and explore their creative potential by learning, analyzing, and performing ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Students can also dance after school in Junior Dance Company.
Dance continues to focus on technique but also explores choreographic principles, dance history, and terminology.
Co-curricular dance opportunities abound including Pirouettes, a student-run audition-only dance troupe, CHANCE a hip hop dance team, Dance Team which performs during Friday night home basketball games and Senior Dance Company which meets after-school in the Spring.
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