Self-Expression with Dance
From Pre-K to Kindergarten, the Kent Place dance program is closely integrated with the classroom curriculum, and movement activities are based on topics that change monthly. Beginning in Grade 1, proper warm-up techniques, rhythm and perpetual motor skills, as well as creative movement concepts, are integrated into the dance curriculum. The students work individually and in groups to learn a variety of dance forms. These concepts are re-emphasized in Grades 3-5, when students also compose and perform short dance studies of their own. Kent Place teachers focus on developing body awareness, coordination and an appreciation of the world of dance. To broaden the student’s dance and performance experience, students Grades 2-5 are welcome to join one of the Primary School dance ensembles.
Building upon their study of dance as an art form in Primary School, Middle School students explore the principles of dance technique and composition and collaborate on choreography assignments. To enhance the program, students view dance films and attend the Upper School dance performance. Dance is part of the Grade 6 curriculum and is offered as an elective course for Grades 7 and 8.
Through rigorous exercise via modern dance and ballet technique, creative movement exploration and dance composition, students in the Upper School develop an awareness of the body as an instrument for personal expression. An appreciation of dance as an art form is fostered through readings, film viewings, field trips and visits from guest-artists. Students who wish to pursue the study of dance beyond the introductory level have the opportunity to strengthen technical skills, experiment with choreography and participate in public performances. Kent Place School’s premier student dance groups are the Chamber Dancers and the Dance Ensemble. Participants are admitted by audition, meet during class time for credit and perform publicly numerous times throughout the year.