Middle School Dance Company
Prerequisite: Enrollment by audition.
Middle School Dance Company is a class designed for students who are passionate and dedicated to dance and movement. Students will study classical and new forms of movement (such as ballet, jazz, break dancing, and contemporary). Students will have a chance to experience traditional forms of movement (i.e.: African) and pop dance (i.e.: hip hop). The history and cultures that surround each of the dance styles is studied. In addition to investigating dance technique, students will explore choreography, costuming, lighting, and set design. Multiple opportunities will be provided to create their own dance pieces and share them with the Brentwood School community. Students will perform both their own works, and the works of professional dancers. Live and recorded performances, as well as guest artists, will further students’ understanding of the diaspora of dance.
Movement explores the fundamentals of dance forms, space, time, and levels. In order to explore these concepts, an eclectic mix of dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and break dancing, which are a few of electric dance styles will be explored. With focus on choreography, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to design a dance. Learning about tools and viewing live and recorded performances, will help students build on their knowledge to successfully create a well-choreographed dance. Students will create small pieces throughout the semester, which will be developed into a final piece that will be performed for the class. Students will explore creative movement with props. Improvisation, live and recorded 18 performances will be conducted to understand these concepts. Students will perform in the winter or spring dance recital, at the end of the semester.