While engrossed in dance, children exercise their bodies, minds, creativity, and social awareness skills. The dance program at St. James’ allows students to play, to create, to express themselves, and to enhance their learning of many other, intertwining subjects all at once. Best of all, dancing is fun!
Students at every grade level enjoy St. James’ dance program. The design of the program is based on three guiding principles:
- creative movement, developing a dynamic range of ways to use the body expressively;
- curriculum integration, using dance to teach aspects of the academic curriculum in other disciplines; and
- choreography, drawing from a range of dance styles and allowing students to showcase their hard work and creativity.
As they delve into the richly creative and interdisciplinary study of dance, students also hone important intra- and interpersonal skills as they learn to keep their bodies safe, to keep other bodies safe, and to listen and respect the instruction they are given.
The curriculum is differentiated by grade level, in accordance with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for dance.