In the Lower School, the study of dance is wrapped into the overarching Orff Schulwerk approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. The harmonious blending of these components contributes to a child's physical, social, musical, and artistic development.
Choreography is at the core of the Middle & Upper School dance program at Trevor. In composing dances, students create movement, learn movement, and respond to the movement of others. This three-part approach allows for a deeper understanding of dance, a context for self-exploration, and the opportunity for students to give form to their inner experiences.
Middle School dance students are introduced to the fundamentals of technique and the basic elements of dance composition. Projects are designed to explore time, space, and energy—guiding students towards dance making. Collaboration, practice, and performance are vital to the choreographic process and are woven throughout the curriculum for all dance students.
All Upper School dance students take a combination of classes in contemporary dance technique as well as improvisation and dance composition. In technique class, students learn movement phrases that emphasize tenets of proper alignment, efficiency, and physical organization. Dance composition classes utilize improvisation as a tool to build the group dynamic and innovate new movement. Both serve to enhance the development of a personal movement vocabulary to use in a variety of choreographic methods.
Choreolab, the annual student dance concert for dance students in grades 7-12, is a bold, unique showcase of the department’s vision and the students’ talent and ingenuity.