From modern dance to musical theater, from jazz improvisation to contemporary ballet, Middle School and Upper School students are directed and choreographed by professional dancers Sofia Gorder and Allison Spehar. Whether taking a dance class as an elective or becoming immersed in the choreographic, rehearsal, performance, and social aspects of Dance Ensemble, aspiring and accomplished dancers find our program to be inspirational and deeply involving. Dance at Rowland Hall is not merely entertainment, but a soulful, skillful experience for dancers and audiences alike. Everyone in our school community and friends of the school are thrilled by the performances offered by the school’s fine dancers and guest and student choreographers.
Middle School students are encouraged to take dance as a fine arts exploratory class in grades six and seven, and then to become a member of Dance Ensemble I during their eighth grade year. This class prepares students to succeed in the Upper School by introducing rigor with regard to dance. Often times the eighth graders will perform in an Upper School concert during the year. Once the students reach eighth grade, they may also audition for the Upper School dance companies.
Upper School students may take dance as an elective, or audition for Upper School Dance Ensemble, levels II, III, and IV.
Two major dance concerts are presented each school year, in the fall and winter. In addition, senior dancers present a concert as the culmination of their four years in Dance Company, in the spring.