Dance

Solebury School’s Art department includes a comprehensive Visual and Performing Arts program, as well as a Music program, which is comprised of a chorus, jazz and instrumental ensemble, and a Dance program. 

 

Rebecca Wilschutz has been involved in youth theater for the past 30 years, having been the Artistic Director for the Streetsboro Regional Theatre. Former students now appear on TV, Broadway tours and study in top conservatory programs across the country. She teaches dance, musical theatre and middle school drama at Solebury School, Musical Theatre Dance for the Bucks County Playhouse, and also is choreographing a TV show in development for Nickelodeon. She is a former professional dancer and Ovations award-winning choreographer with a degree in theatre education from Hiram College.

Under the skillful direction of Rebecca, our dance program offers students the opportunity to explore dance that includes ballet, tap and jazz, musical theatre dance, choreography, and swing dance. 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!

The jazz/hip-hop based Dance Team, an after-school activity, entertains at half-time during boys and girls basketball games, festivals in the community, and competes at regional dance competitions. Team members are encouraged to design their own choreography to perform. Rebecca, a veteran high school and professional theatre director, producer and choreographer, is excited to work with such talented students at Solebury. 

Rebecca also coaches the dance and musical theater students as they get ready for their college auditions and summer program auditions. Her students have been admitted to The University of Michigan, Hartt Conservatory, Philadelphia School for the Arts, NYU, Pace University, Muhlenberg and many others. For the past two summers, she directed the Solebury Summer Musical Theater Camp, which is now StarCatchers with the equity Bucks County Playhouse. 

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