Middle School Movement
Middle School movement begins in fifth grade with an introduction to the body moving in space. Students learn components of choreography and improvisation, develop self-awareness and respect for others, and develop group problem-solving skills. Sixth-grade movement emphasizes proper body alignment, increasing strength, balance and extending flexibility as students are introduced to longer choreography, more sophisticated dance techniques, and discover literal and abstract interpretations of dance as an art form.
Students who choose to take movement as seventh-graders explore choreography as a means of self-expression. Gender stereotypes are often challenged and respectful support of peers and their work is highly encouraged and expected. Eighth-grade movement focuses the integration of vocal, dramatic and dance arts as well as preparation of the body, voice and brain for stage performance. Performance opportunities include evening concerts and student assemblies around school life, cultural holidays and historical events.