Students with or without prior experience are encouraged to explore their interests in dance via our selection of dance elective courses, seminars, after school classes, or participation in the dance team, which performs for the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen.
With offerings in Dance Appreciation and Dance I, II, and III, our program is built for students of all ability levels - beginner to advanced - and specializes in the techniques of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern with an emphasis on choreography and dance critique. Each of our dance courses provides a historical context including the origins of dance styles with discussions on social and cultural influence on the art form itself. Students seeking additional opportunities to refine their technique and performance are encouraged to attend our After School Dance Program, which meets once weekly for the duration of the year.
Dancers wishing to enhance their academic coursework with short term interest-based study may elect to participate in dance seminars as part of the Experiential Learning Internship Program. Current ELIP offerings include the Dance for Children Seminar, in which participants create developmentally appropriate dance lessons for the elementary level and later execute their lessons at local schools.
Because performance is a critical component of any study in the arts, Academy dance students are given numerous opportunities to share their talents with the community. Performances have traditionally taken place during the Winter Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and prayer services, to name a few.
For information about the MHC Academy Dance Team, please visit the team page. To learn more about dance study and the rest of the Arts programs at Mary Help, please contact our Director of Admissions today!