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 Junior 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 Junior 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 Junior 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 at various points in the year. Through the Dance Club, students actively participate in community service activities, while the Sundancers Dance Team performs at school and community events, as well as competitive venues.