The dance program at Groton School is based on three main elements—technique, choreography, and performance. Dance students explore each in detail, though the specific learning experience is tailored to the student’s individual strengths, building upon them so each dancer becomes more accomplished and well-rounded.
Groton offers a technique class five days a week; it will incorporate various movement vocabularies and will include ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, and stretch, among others. The choreographic component will incorporate improvisation for short experimental movement studies, as well as for full- length pieces. Site-specific dances may be created, as may performances intended for more traditional stage settings.
Performance opportunities include fall and spring dance concerts and participation in the annual musical. Additional opportunities to showcase choreography and performance will vary, from informal studio showings to participation in collaborative arts programs.
Students in the dance program enhance and strengthen not only their bodies, but also their leadership skills. By learning to work closely with other members of the class, students improve their ability to collaborate, to explore innovative ideas, to become more disciplined, and to adapt
quickly to change.