dance experience. Modern dance, jazz, and ballet techniques are taught with an emphasis on twentieth-century modern dance. Master classes, videos, and field trips help students develop a historical and multicultural appreciation of dance. The focus of the first semester is on technique. In the second semester students work on a multidisciplinary dance project which is performed during the annual dance show.
Intermediate Dance teaches composition and choreography, in addition to the techniques of modern, jazz, and ballet. Guest choreographers and master teachers enrich the class as do occasional field trips to professional dance shows in the Bay Area. Students perform in the annual dance show in the spring.
Advanced Dance is designed for students who are technically proficient in one or more of these dance disciplines: modern, jazz, or ballet. All three techniques are studied with an emphasis on twentieth-century modern dance. Master teachers and guest choreographers enrich a curriculum that includes composition and choreography. Some juniors and seniors design independent choreography projects for the annual dance show. Advanced Dance students may also audition for the Performing Dance Group.
The Performing Dance Group (PDG) is an audition-based advanced dance company. PDG rehearses weekly after school, including some Sundays, and performs throughout the Bay Area in schools and theaters. In addition, students perform at a variety of school functions. Students have an opportunity to work with guest choreographers, develop their own choreography, and produce student works.