Galloway’s dynamic dance program invites all students to experience the form and the craft of dance. Deeply grounded in Galloway’s philosophy, the program is based on the National Standards for Dance Education and allows all students to discover and explore concepts related to space, time, energy, relationships and self through movement in the dance studio and in dance-integrated units in their classrooms.
Early Learning dance classes are closely connected to content being taught in the classroom. From the life cycle of a butterfly to various states of matter, students are lovingly guided by our dance teacher as they use their bodies to deepen their learning. For students in PreK – grade 2, the dance teacher and classroom teachers work closely together to design lessons which bring creative movement into the classroom. Students in grades 3 and 4 build on their earlier experiences and “stretch their wings” as they also enjoy classes in the dance studio that strengthen their bodies and minds as they work with their peers learning a variety of dances and creating their own.
Middle Learning students build a foundation in dance as they learn basic technical vocabulary and skills in a safe environment with an option, but no pressure, to perform. All students in grades 5 and 6 participate in a semester long dance exploratory which allows students to work collaboratively to create their own dances and also introduces them to a wide variety of styles from different historical periods. In grades 7 and 8 elective dance classes meet during regular school hours and focus on learning healthy practices related to building technique, learning more challenging choreography and working collaboratively to create original dances. Dance is offered as an elective to students in grades 7 and 8.
Upper Learning dance elective classes are offered for all skill levels from beginning to advanced and satisfy Fine Arts or Kinetic Wellness requirements. Students explore dance technique by studying variety of styles including modern dance, ballet, musical theater, jazz and improvisation. Conditioning tools such as Pilates and yoga are also explored. Qualified students may also elect to register for choreography classes in which they often work with younger students and create pieces for the spring concert of the Galloway Dance Ensemble. Arts-integration abounds with dance and classroom collaborations ranging from working with a biology class on the complex processes of mitosis and meiosis through movement to collaborating with playwriting students to create narrative dances for their work.
Galloway Junior Dance Ensemble
Grades 5 – 8
For those students seeking performing opportunities the Junior Dance Ensemble is available for all students in grades 5 – 8, regardless of prior experience. The Junior Dance ensemble is a fun and creative experience. The ensemble meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and is modeled after the UL Galloway Dance Ensemble.
Galloway Dance Ensemble
Grades 9 – 12
The Galloway Dance Ensemble is an energetic, fun and supportive group of students who love to perform and enjoy sharing their love of dance with audiences. The ensemble is open to any student regardless of experience. The ensemble performs throughout the school year, giving full-length concerts at the end of each semester as well as community outreach performances throughout the year.