The FHSA Dance program provides the opportunity to perform onstage in a pre-professional, creative and team-oriented environment. In preparation for college, career and life-long artistic engagement, students will learn how to execute progressive Ballet, Modern, Jazz & Contemporary movement techniques, as well as create their own choreography. Dancers also build work with guest artists from professional dance companies, including Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, José Limón, and RIOULT Dance NY. Students receive opportunities to showcase their work in thematic dance concerts and festival performances. As a Dance major students will stretch beyond their comfort zones to develop their individual artistic voice and sense of personal expression. Successful students conduct themselves professionally both in class and rehearsals, and contribute to a mutually respectful, judgment-free atmosphere.
Dance Techniques – Focuses on building movement skills in a range of styles
Dance Composition – Focuses on building & choreographing thematic dance pieces
Throughout the 4-year Dance track, students will get a basic overview of dance history, movement mechanics, injury prevention, and proper nutrition for dancers.
FRESHMEN YEAR– Dance Survey // Fundamentals of Dance
Introduces necessary elements of dance, beginning with basic ballet technique.
SOPHOMORE YEAR– Jazz // Dance-Making Elements
Layers in a study of jazz dance, with beginnings of dance composition.
JUNIOR YEAR– Ballet // Composition: Body, Energy, Space, Time
Development of ballet technique, while creating more complex dance pieces.
SENIOR YEAR– Modern & Contemporary // Dance Production
Utilizing a foundation in ballet to develop complex modern technique, honing in on individual student artistic voices through unique choreography. By senior year, students will have also developed a portfolio for their body of work that includes production element choices (costumes, makeup, lighting, music, concepts).
Below are samples of featured student pieces.
To view additional work please visit our FHSA DANCE playlist.