The St. Andrew's dance program is designed to provide the highest level of instruction in classical ballet and modern dance, and also facilitates opportunities for dance in other aspects of campus life. Dance students explore their own personal and physical creativity and artistry through the study of movement.

The St. Andrew's Dance program offers dance instruction for every student, from the beginner with no previous experience, to those with years of dance training.

Our Introduction to Dance class develops an appreciation for dance while immersing the student in dance technique fundamentals. Students learn the elements of dance: line, form, body placement, movement quality, musicality, muscle control, and artistic expression.

Further advanced Ballet and Modern classes offer a more in-depth study of dance technique, and refine the student’s use of core control, movement quality, body placement, and aesthetic line. Our entire dance curriculum emphasizes increasing strength, agility, coordination, flexibility, and stamina; and nurturing self-expression and artistic freedom.

To learn to dance by practicing dancing, or to learn to live by practicing living—the principals are the same."

—Martha Graham

The dance program also makes possible other opportunities for dance on campus:

  • Dance classes are available as an afternoon activity (not for academic credit) during the fall and spring athletic seasons.
  • Student-led dance clubs (such as Hip-Hop Club) utilize our dance studios and are advised by dance faculty.
  • The dance program holds performances, such as the Student Choreographic Showcase, for the School community throughout the year.
  • The dance program assists with choreography for the School’s Winter Musical.

Dance Courses

Dance 1


This course builds a basic foundation for the beginning dancer by focusing on the fundamental positions and movements of a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern and jazz. Students learn proper dance technique while developing physical and artistic awareness. Coursework addresses an overview of dance elements, including:

  • line;
  • form;
  • body placement;
  • movement quality;
  • musicality;
  • muscle control; and
  • artistic expression.

The course is designed to inspire an appreciation for the art of dance, while also preparing students for a more advanced study of dance technique. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Beginning Male Dance: Technique, Conditioning, and Analysis


This course is designed to introduce male students to the athleticism and technique of dance. A physically demanding course, it focuses intensely on elements of dance specific to male dancers, including:

  • jumps;
  • turns;
  • tricks;
  • strength-building;
  • flexibility;
  • agility;
  • stamina;
  • isolations, and
  • coordination.

Students divide their time between two major areas of focus: strength training, conditioning, and flexibility; and development of technical abilities in various styles of dance, including ballet, contemporary, and folk dances such as capoira and gopak. Using various technologies, including film, the class analyzes ways of maximizing the efficiency and dynamics of each step. If time allows, students learn basic skills of partnering as well.

Dance 2: Ballet



Building on the foundation of students’ previous ballet experience, this course explores more advanced theories of classical ballet technique. Students increase their ballet vocabulary and perform more complex and advanced ballet combinations as they continue to refine their use of:

  • core control;
  • movement quality;
  • body placement; and
  • aesthetic line.

Increasing strength, agility, coordination, flexibility and stamina is emphasized. The aim of the course is to develop the discipline to combine the physical demands of ballet with artistic freedom of expression.

Dance 2: Contemporary



Building on the foundation of students’ previous modern dance experience, this course explores more advanced theories of modern and contemporary dance. Movement and creativity are highlighted with an emphasis on personal expression. Students practice floor exercises and center combinations designed to increase their:

  • core strength;
  • flexibility;
  • use of weight and momentum;
  • body isolation;
  • improvisation; and
  • freedom of movement.

Utilizing these tools, students develop their own personal styles through self-expression, movement and choreography, and ultimately have the opportunity to create their own choreographic piece.

Advanced Study in Dance



This structure of this course is a working model of the professional dance world; students experience what it means to be a professional artist in the field of dance. Students will continue their training in advanced classical and contemporary technique while discovering other aspects of the profession. Each student will learn how to prepare a dance class from start to finish as well as the skills necessary to teach the class. They will also learn how to compose a piece of choreography and take that piece from conception to the stage. This process will require students to develop a concept, choose music, find dancers, schedule rehearsals, produce sets and props, create costumes, develop a lighting design and rehearse the piece until it is ready for the stage. Students will be doing the work of professional dancers, teachers and choreographers, and will develop a foundational understanding of the inner workings of the dance world.

Recent Performances

For more info on SAS Dance, contact:

Avram Gold

Avram Gold

Director of Dance
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