Dance is not only an art form, it is an inroad to examine, consider, and express all aspects of life. In addition to its traditional examination of expressivity and movement technique, dance also serves as a means through which we can physically explore aspects of human existence -- from anatomy, to culture, to effective communication. Our philosophy emphasizes the consideration of the nature of movement itself through various dance forms. Students have the opportunity to study traditional forms such as Ballet and Modern, as well as lesser-known topics such as somatics, ethnography, and non-western dance forms. Through physical engagement, students discover a deeper understanding of themselves, various cultures, and the nature of movement. Classes are sizeable, with a mix of male and female students. Both classwork and homework are assigned in every level of Dance.
Fall After School Dance: This is an intensive performance opportunity. Students learn various dances, organize presentational workshops, and present lecture-demonstrations to communities outside of Pingree as part of a service learning experience.
Community Dance Team: This is a half-credit performance course in which students learn pieces to be performed at sports and team spirit events at Pingree and in the greater community.
Techniques in Dance Performance: This half-credit course explores a specific genre of dance each semester ranging from Indian dance forms, African dance forms, and beyond.
Dance: Body and Mind: This full-credit non-performance course focuses on conditioning and training the body and mind to better improve strength, flexibility, and deeper understanding of the connection between mind, body, and movement.
Contemporary Dance: Ballet to Modern: In this full-credit course examines Western dance forms and the choreographic process. Students train in genres ranging from Ballet to Modern, and collaborate to create dances performed at the end of each semester.
Throughout the year there are various opportunities for performance both within the Pingree community and at area venues. In January and in May, the results of the ongoing process of training the mind and body are presented in concert. Students who stick with this process develop a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Click below to see dance highlights from our 2011-12 Winter Arts Celebration
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