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Program Overview
The highly qualified dance instructors of AACMS’s Dance Department provide their talented students with a variety of challenging dance technique and history classes, meaningful performance experiences, and an appropriate sense of health and attitude.  Over their four years at AACMS, Dance students receive instruction in a variety of dance styles—including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and musical theatre—while also studying strength and conditioning, improvisation, and composition.  Students also participate in classes on dance history, dance in world cultures, and dance appreciation.  

Fifth Grade

Dance Workshops meet for one 90-minute class period each six-day school cycle.

Our fifth grade dance workshops provide an introductory level dance class focusing on teaching the basics of jazz, ballet, and modern dance styles.  Students also prepare to perform a segment of the annual Fifth Grade Arts Showcase as part of the workshop class.  

Sixth Grade
Primary Dance meets four times every six-day school cycle.
Secondary Dance meets twice every six-day school cycle.

All sixth grade Dance students learn and develop fundamental dance technique through participation in ballet, modern, jazz and music theatre classes.  Primary Dance students also participle in two additional classes, studying dance in world cultures and strength and conditioning for dancers.

Seventh Grade
Primary Dance meets four times every six-day school cycle.
Secondary Dance meets twice every six-day school cycle.

Seventh grade Dance students continue to develop foundational techniques in ballet, modern, jazz and musical theater styles.  Primary Dance students also explore their personal movement style in the safe and supportive environment of structured improvisation classes and study classical dance history.  

Eighth Grade
Eighth grade Dance students meet each day of school.

Eighth grade Dancers refine their dance technique through ballet, jazz, modern, tap, contemporary, and musical theater classes. Utilizing skills learned in improvisation classes, they learn the art of choreographing in their dance composition class. The eighth grade Dance History class focuses on the world of modern dance and how it applies to them as an artist. 



The AACMS Dance Department’s annual showcase, Innovations, takes place each spring and showcases primary and secondary Dance students in grades six, seven, and eight.  Fifth grade dancers participate in the annual Fifth Grade Arts Showcase.  Dance students also perform in various community events throughout the school year.