In Emma Willard School's dance studio, students learn and rehearse in a variety of dance styles and perform in assemblies, the annual spring concert, on tour and in other special performance events.
Dance offerings include three levels of ballet and contemporary dance, multilevel jazz, core fundamentals, and an advanced level performing group. All levels have the opportunity to participate in master classes by professional guest artists, view live professional dance companies, and experience the accomplishment of performing. Advanced students can explore composition and choreography through independent study.
One of the most exciting events of the year at Emma Willard School is the Spring Showcase. In this moment, we celebrate the accomplishments of students who have been working all year on Signature capstone projects and Emma Artists performances.
Each year Emma Willard School’s dance program hosts visiting artists to teach master classes. This year dance students took classes with dancers from ODC/Dance Company (and attended a performance of the ODC/Dance Company at SUNY Albany's Performing Arts Center) and Lucie Baker.
Recently, the dance program at Emma Willard School saw a return to some favorite events: the annual Dance Assembly, and visiting Artists in Residence Kellie Ann Lynch and Annie Wang. Read on for photos, videos, and more about the return to in-person for these events.
Our main dance studio is aesthetically beautiful, with a vaulted ceiling, twelve-foot windows on three sides, a wooden “sprung” floor, and audio/visual equipment providing the opportunity for students to critique their work as well as view historical and contemporary performances. The contemporary classes enjoy a live accompanist for many of their classes.