Garrison Forest School offers an exciting and eclectic dance program for Middle and Upper School students with multiple opportunities to perform in the 401-seat Garland Theater.
As part of an exploratory arts program, Seventh and Eighth Graders learn to express themselves through movement in a safe and nurturing environment. They collaborate on structured creative movement exercises that follow the National Standards for Dance guidelines. Students are introduced to some of the basic technical vocabulary of contemporary dance, ballet, lyrical, and jazz styles. At the end of each semester, all dance students perform as part of the biannual Middle School Arts Gala.
Upper School dance is offered as an afterschool elective for students interested in studying dance as a performing art form. Students focus on the development of strong dance technique as they build their confidence, and explore their artistic self-expression. Three levels of Upper School Dance—Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced/Company—offer opportunity to hone technique and performance skills in a variety of dance styles, including contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, and lyrical dance.
Upper School performance opportunities include informal showings throughout the school year, the Upper School Arts Festival in early spring, and a full two-evening concert production in early May. Upper School students also attend outside performances, which in the past have included the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and the “So You Think You Can Dance” Top 10 tour.