Theater and Dance
Berwick Academy provides its students with a number of theater performance opportunities. All Lower Schoolers participate in a production each winter and spring. The Middle School presents a musical in November, while Upper School dramatists produce a play and a musical each year.
The dance program seeks to educate intellectually, artistically, physically, and socially through the medium of dance. The curriculum in all three divisions provides students with avenues for technical and creative development. Dance is approached as a collaborative venture for any and all students with an emphasis on interactive skills, discovery, and courage.
The Lower School program focuses on the exploration of the body as the dance instrument and movement as a mode of self-expression. Lower School students may participate in a 40-minute class in creative movement, ballet and modern techniques, and composition skills once a week during their lunch recess. Lower School students may also attend an after school class in jazz and tap.
In the Middle School, fifth and sixth graders may participate in a 45-minute technique and composition class once a week during their study hall. All Middle School students may sign up for ballet, jazz, tap, and modern technique classes after school. Advanced Middle School dancers may sign up for Company White where they will continue to develop technical agility and hone choreographic tools.
Upper School students participate in ballet, jazz, tap, Hip-hop/African Fusion and modern technique in the after-school program. A stretch and strengthen program is offered to all Upper School students during the 45 minute extended lunch period on Thursdays. (Please note that the after-school dance programs can fulfill a portion of the Upper School athletic requirement.) Advanced Upper School dancers may sign up for Company Corps and Company Blue where they will utilize their skill in dance technique and the body as an instrument to create and learn dances that holistically integrate intellect, expressiveness, artistry, and physicality. Company dancers are all required to take at least one technique class in addition to their work with the company.
Along with the technique and composition classes offered; the Berwick dance program also has a very successful program catered specifically for male movers. Boys’ movement classes help develop muscular strength, flexibility and agility and are available for Lower and Middle School students.
All participants of the dance program participate in the May dance production The Academy offers dance lessons in the Movement Education Center of the Athletic Center. Dance lessons are available to all students; tuition for dance is billed separately from general tuition.