The Middle School Dance Program offers training for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level dancer. Courses are designed to provide a strong foundation in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and lyrical styles. Strongly rooted in technique and personal development, our program introduces students to dance history, terminology, elements of choreography, showmanship, and an overall appreciation of the art of dance.
In an environment that promotes positive self-esteem and inclusivity, dancers will explore and develop their own artistic identity. Students showcase their work throughout the year in various forms including recitals, class performances, and mixed media reviews.
The Middle School Dance Team, known as the Jr. Sundancers, are advanced-level dancers who are selected by audition. Open to students in grades 6-8, the dancers have advanced technical training and a solid foundation in choreography. In addition to technique classes and after school rehearsals, the team performs at school activities, community events, and at competitive venues.
Recently, the Jr. Sundancers won the American All-Star National Championship for the Middle School Division in Orlando, Florida. They placed first in the Open and Prop/Novelty categories and received two special awards for Dance Technique and Dance Choreography. The Jr. Sundancers continue to take pride in their community outreach projects, performances, and competitive feats.
The Upper School Dance Department offers training in five different components spanning intermediate through repertoire levels, and IB Dance SL. With a strong foundation in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and tap styles, dancers gain positive self-esteem while attaining knowledge of their craft to make them strong performing artists and advocates for the arts.
Along with daily classes in the development of technique and choreography, students further their training by gaining knowledge in terminology, history, dance artists and research. Visiting artists supplement their education by providing positive learning experiences to enhance their abilities as dancers. The program offers students the opportunity to be showcased twice a year, while dancers in repertory perform at school and community events as well as competitive venues.
Gulliver Prep’s Dance Team, known as the Sundancers, is composed of advanced level dancers who are selected by a panel audition or the Dance Director each Spring. In addition to a dance repertory class, which prepares them for performances and competitions, the team performs at school sporting events, pep rallies, and other activities in and around the community.
The Sundancers have been recognized by prestigious dance organizations including the National YoungArts Foundation and the National Dance Educators Organization, and have received numerous awards at the state and national level. In 2018, the Sundancers were recognized as National Champions in the Jazz category at West Coast Elite Nationals in Long Beach, Calif. In 2019, the dance team earned the title of National Champions from Dance Team Union in the Contemporary category and received the same designation in 2020 at the Contest of Champions Nationals.