Solebury School has dance offerings during the academic day and as an after-school activity. During the day, students can take electives, such as Tap, Musical Theater Dance, Swing Dance, and Choreography, while after school they can join our dance group. Whichever of these students choose, they'll have the chance to strut their stuff in performances for the community.
If students are interested, we are also able to arrange independent studies or a private lesson.
In the introductory dance class, Dance Exploration, students learn a variety of dance styles and proper stretching techniques, including yoga and pilates. Students will receive instruction in ballet, tap, and jazz techniques and review various American dance styles. Choreography class is intended for advanced dancers and gives them the chance to teach beginning dancers while developing dance pieces for both beginners and also intermediate dancers. Master classes are also held with professional artists from New York City.
A more advanced Musical Theatre Dance Styles class focuses on Broadway choreographers, such as Bob Fosse, Gower Champion and Twyla Tharp, as well as some original Broadway choreography. To further expand the dance experience, a Swing Dance class introduces students to the art of dancing with a partner along with ariel tricks to the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The Swing Dance class is one of the most popular classes at Solebury, for both boys and girls!
For the 2016-2017 academic year, we're introducing African Drumming and Dance. Students will learn to play percussion instruments, such as a djembe, as we create a drum circle and learn tribal dances.