The core mission of the Dance Department is to create an environment that encourages all students — no matter what level or skill — to develop an awareness of the body as an instrument for personal expression, and to experience dance as a participant as well as an informed audience member. Through various dance techniques such as ballet, jazz and modern, students build skills and a solid movement vocabulary. They explore their imagination and develop their creative voice by engaging in choreographic studies, which can range from class assignments to creating work that will be performed at the annual "An Afternoon of Dance" and “An Evening of Dance” concerts. Students also present their work in class for peer review and critique. An appreciation of dance as an art form is fostered through readings, film viewings, guest artists and attendance at live dance performances.

Did You Know...

  • Former members of the Chamber Dancers have gone on to the Joffrey Ballet, in Chicago; Donald Byrd/The Group, in New York City; Dwight Rhoden and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, in New York City; the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, also in New York City; Gelsey Kirkland Ballet in Brooklyn, NY; and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
  • Each week, 35 dance classes are taught on campus. Every student from Junior Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade takes a dance course as part of her academic schedule. Middle and Upper School dance students build leadership skills by mentoring younger students. Six electives are offered to grades 7-12.
  • 320 students will take a dance class in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • 110 students participate in the dance performance groups.
  • Our Chamber Dancers have performed and conducted workshops in galleries at The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. 
  • In 2020, our major dance concerts, An Afternoon of Dance (20 years) and An Evening of Dance (35 years), will continue to showcase our talented performers each spring.

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Meet the Department

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of LeAnn Yannelli

    Ms. LeAnn Yannelli 

    MS/US Dance
    Grand Valley State University - B.Ph.
    Sarah Lawrence College - M.F.A.
  • Photo of Jennifer Barbosa

    Mrs. Jennifer Barbosa 

    PS Dance
    Marymount College - B.A.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.