Welcome to the most inventive and creative class at Pine Street! Our dance classes focus on body awareness, develop flexibility, and emphasize creativity and collaboration! Students explore the Dance Elements of Body, Energy, Space and Time while they plan, revise, and perform original dance works in partners and small groups. This non-threatening program emphasizes originality and creativity along with student-generated choreography.

K-2nd Grade Dance Classes

Students in K-2 focus on exploring the Dance Elements of Body, Energy, Space and Time. Goals for these students are:
  • To develop an awareness of the body as an instrument of expression
  • To begin to develop dance vocabulary
  • To begin to express ideas, feelings & concepts through the creative process
  • To begin to appreciate the art of dance as communication form
  • To develop functional and artistic use of the movement/dance elements (body, energy, space, time)
  • To address South Carolina Curriculum Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts

3rd-6th Grade Dance Classes

Students in Grades 3-5 continue to utilize skills learned in the primary grades, yet build upon previous knowledge. In addition, goals are:
  • To apply choreographic tools & composition principles in evaluating dance works of self & others
  • To acquire knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of the universality of the dance phenomenon
  • To develop an awareness of the significance of dance history
  • To acquire knowledge about the role of the dancer/choreographer in society
  • To acquire knowledge of the historical & cultural significance of dance
  • To assess the quality of dance(s) & the skill of the performer by applying aesthetic principles & criteria
  • To appreciate the art of dance as communication
  • To increase dance vocabulary and expressive language in discussing dance
  • To increase and deepen collaboration and creativity through the choreographic process
  • To address South Carolina Curriculum Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts

Dance Ensemble

Do you like to perform? Do you like to try new movements? Do you like creating your own choreography in addition to learning dances? Then Dance Ensemble might be just the place for you! Dance Ensemble is a group made up of students in Grades 4, 5, & 6, who are interested in additional performance opportunities outside of the weekly in-school dance class. The students audition in the fall and participate in weekly, hour-long modern dance technique classes. The students are often invited to perform at special events both on and off campus. In addition, Dance Ensemble attends performances, master classes, festivals, and other dance-related events. Dance Ensemble has performed at numerous events this year including Arts Under the Stars, Veterans Day, Cinderella, African American History Program, and Evening with the Arts. These students have also attended Dansynergy Dos, The Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, and Lula Washington Dance Company.

Results of a Dance Program

  • Develop positive attitude toward dance as a physical activity and art form
  • Become literate in dance vocabulary and dance genres
  • Be able to rhythmically move with proper body mechanics through space and time with focused energy
  • Recognize and respect the importance of dance contributions from various ethnic groups, societies and historical periods to the current world culture
  • Experience opportunities for those with capabilities and interest to continue development
  • Learn how dance connects to and supports life, culture, and society
  • Grow in appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of dance as a form of personal expression and lifelong learning
  • Discover and develop personal creativity
  • Develop physical and emotional well-being
  • Find ways to actively show what is being learned through body movement, which activates most of the brain simultaneously
  • Learn to collaborate and cooperate with others.
“Kinesthetic arts provide a significant vehicle to enhance learning with a huge upside potential and minimal risk. Ultimately they contribute to the development and enhancement of critical neurobiological systems, including cognition, emotions, immune, circulatory, and perceptual-motor.
Kinesthetic arts deserve a strong, daily practice in the curriculum of every K-12 student.”
For more research to find benefits of a dance program, go to the website for the National Dance Education Organization.

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