Chamber dancers was not only my primary reason for attending KPS but it continues to be the most positive and joyous of memories from my time spent at KPS.

My time in the studio allowed me to express my emotions and cultivate my true identity as a young adult. Ms. Yannelli's nurturing instruction as well as her trust in our creativity allowed for us to be ourselves while also taking risks. I feel very privileged to have gone to a school that provided me a place to dance and with a teacher who offered a space where I could grow as a dancer and as a young woman. -Grayson Barry '03

Unique to the Dance Program

List of 9 items.

  • An Evening of Dance

    Each spring, the Dance Department presents “An Evening of Dance,” featuring the school’s Chamber Dancers, Dance Ensemble and the Middle School Dance Makers. The program is comprised of repertory and student works. Live music and visual art are often incorporated into the program. 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of “An Evening of Dance.”
  • The Senior Project

    After three years of dancing in repertory pieces and works by seniors and of choreographing dance studies, seniors in Chamber Dancers and Dance Ensemble, with permission of the department, have the opportunity to choreograph, costume and light a piece for “An Evening of Dance.”
  • Chamber Dancers (Upper School)

    Chamber Dancers is Kent Place School’s premiere dance performance group. Students study ballet, modern dance, Pilates, improvisation, movement exploration and compositional forms to prepare for choreography projects and performance. They dance in repertory and senior works and perform for a variety of audiences throughout the year. Open to advanced-level students through audition, it grants academic credit.
  • Dance Ensemble (Upper School)

    The Dance Ensemble is a skill and performance-oriented course designed to develop technique in modern dance, ballet and Pilates. Students study improvisation, movement exploration and dance composition, and perform in the first and third trimesters. Open to all intermediate-level dance students through audition for academic credit.
  • Fall for Dance Field Trip

    Students in Chamber Dancers and Dance Ensemble have been attending the “Fall for Dance Festival” at New York City Center since its inception in 2004. By senior year, students have seen at least 16 diverse dance companies.
  • Dance Makers (Middle School)

    This select Middle School dance group elective is comprised of intermediate to advanced level dance students through audition. After working in the studio for one trimester, the 7th and 8th grade dancers present their choreography in “An Evening of Dance.”
  • An Afternoon of Dance

    “An Afternoon of Dance” is an annual event in the Primary School and features two Dance Ensembles, the Tap Ensemble, and all second and fifth-grade students. 
  • Dance Ensemble (Primary School)

    The Primary School Dance Ensembles meet once a week during recess and are open to all interested students in Grades 3-5. They present the group dances they learn in “An Afternoon of Dance.”
  • Tap Ensemble (Primary School)

    The Tap Ensemble is a special offering during recess, open to all interested second graders. The girls are introduced to tap and work on their skills during class. They perform a dance as part of “An Afternoon of Dance.”

Techniques Taught

  • Cunningham Modern
  • Limon Modern
  • Cecchetti Ballet
  • Simonson Jazz
  • Tap
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.