The dance program seeks to educate our students intellectually, artistically, physically, and socially.
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 offerings include 40-minute classes in creative movement, jazz and tap, hip-hop, ballet and modern techniques, acrobatics, and composition skills.
In the Middle School, dancers develop their artistic voices and continue to train in advancing technical ability. All Middle School students may sign up for ballet, jazz, tap, acro, hip-hop, and modern technique classes after school. Dance is offered in the winter as an athletic team during the school day. Various clubs and activities are offered based on interest. Dancers interested in an immersive performance experience can join Middle School dance company, where several styles of dance are learned and performed throughout the school year.
Upper School students may sign up for ballet, jazz, tap, acro, hip-hop, and modern technique classes after school. Upper School dancers interested in a team experience may audition 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. The after-school dance programs can fulfill a portion of the Upper School athletic requirement. In the academic curriculum, Contemporary Dance and Composition is offered in the Spring trimester and fulfills a portion of the art requirement.
All participants of the dance program may participate in the May dance production. Berwick offers dance lessons in the state-of-the-art Movement Education Center of the Athletic Center. Dance lessons are available to all students; tuition for dance is billed separately from general tuition.