Dance is a universal language that can be understood by individuals from every corner of the world. It contributes to improvements in posture, fitness, balance, coordination, self-awareness, self-confidences, and teamwork. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Academic Dance Class for a half-credit in Physical Education or Art; or they can commit to a full-year commitment to the Dance Team at Linden Hall to earn a half-credit in Physical Education.
There are many opportunities for students to perform throughout the academic year including:
- School drama and musical productions
- International Night
- Lunar New Year Festival
- Spring concert
In addition, the Dance department arranges for students to attend local and regional performances in an effort to fully immerse students in the performing arts.
In this course, students learn the basics of multiple styles of movement including ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. The history and vocabulary of these styles will be explored and applied in the studio setting. Students will spend approximately 75-80% of their time in the studio and 20-25% of their time in the classroom. Participation in Dance includes attending and producing performances, including the opportunity to showcase students' original choreography. Students are graded on studio work, theory, choreography, and performance. Students must commit to Dance for one semester, but have the option of continuing throughout the year. Dance is an interdepartmental course that may count each semester for either 0.5 credits in the Art Department or 0.5 credits towards Physical Education.
The Linden Hall Dance Team performs at school sporting events and competitions. Team members will learn choreographed routines that will strengthen their performance skills and develop a strong sense of teamwork. Students who commit to an entire academic year of Dance Team will receive 0.5 P.E. credits. Students interested in joining the Dance team will need to attend auditions at the beginning of the season in August/September.