Saint JamesDance Program
Dance is offered during the fall, winter and spring seasons in our dance studios. While emphasizing technique of dance, classes accommodate the needs and interests of students of all levels. Our classes are open to beginners seeking a new experience, athletes working on agility and coordination, and more advanced students interested in building their performance and technical skills through a variety of dance styles.
Students of dance at Saint James receive an introduction to multiple genres of dance through daily classes emphasizing technique, performance style, and associated vocabulary. Styles include classical, contemporary, jazz, modern, and musical theater. Rehearsals emphasize collaboration, coordination, artistry, and building choreography, and are designed to encourage personal expression and stylistic exploration with cooperation to build a performance experience for the students and school community.
Dance class meets 5 days/week for 75 minutes in the afternoons. Teachers are Nicole Ruark and Kelsy Rupp.
Fall: Foundations of Codified Dance movement
Focus on jazz, ballet, contemporary. Culminates in end of session juries to provide feedback for student growth.
Winter: Exploring Contemporary Dance in America
Focus on tap, theater dance, contemporary. Culminates in end of session juries to provide feedback for student growth.
Spring: Studio to Stage: Audition & Performance Preparation
Continuing technique in ballet and jazz with focus on exploration of choreography and exploration. Culminates in a spring showcase of dance.