The Ravenswood Dance Program seeks to nurture students as movers, thinkers, creators and performers as they investigate and experiment with movement, learn the fundamentals of dance technique, explore various dance styles, build and choreograph dances and present and perform their learning for others.
Dance builds creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills. Learning through movement allows students to build kinesthetic connections as they experience the world around them, while encouraging a creative outlet for expression.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Students in every grade experience what it’s like to be choreographers, performers and audience members.
Pre-K through 2nd-grade dance classes focus on creative movement, including spatial awareness, dancing fast and slow, creating shapes, freeze dancing to various music, creating patterns in dance and more!
Students should wear gym shoes to dance class and be ready to move and have fun!
3rd-4th grade students learn about the basic elements of dance, universal dance concepts, and spend the majority of their class time exploring different dance styles including jazz, ballet, hip hop and modern dance forms. Students learn the basic fundamentals of these styles, research the history of the dance form and its artists, learn and create choreography within each style and present work for their peers and families in school showcases.
Students should wear gym shoes with socks to dance class and be prepared to dance in gym shoes for some dance forms and in socks or bare feet for others. Dance shoes are provided.
5th-8th grade students will participate in elective courses for enrichment classes. The dance electives include deep investigations into specific dance styles, studying dance work from specific artists and choreographers, the history and impact of dance in our culture, or creating collaborative work in a variety of settings. All of these courses have a heavy focus on dance-making and the creative process.
Students should come to class with gym shoes and socks and be prepared to dance in gym shoes for some dance forms and in socks or bare feet for others. Dance shoes are provided.