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Dance Department

SFHS School Of Arts Logo with pictures representing each departmentPurpose: To provide all high school dance students of Cumberland County an environment where they can develop their dance skills and knowledge to the fullest.

Participation: Participation in the School of the Arts’ Dance Department is open to all high school students in Cumberland County who complete and meet the following criteria:

  • Students must complete a Seventy-First High School School of the Arts application.
  • Students must submit a typed essay stating why they want to be a member of the School of the Arts’ Dance Department.
  • Students must submit a sealed and confidential letter of recommendation form.
  • Students must complete an audition consisting of prepared two to three-minute choreography which best demonstrates their movement ability.
  • Students may continue to participate in the program as long as they complete all requirements.
  • Students will be required to complete at least one dance class each year for four years.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all dance classes and at least a 2.7 GPA overall.
  • Students must also display appropriate behavior within the entire educational environment.

Reassessment: Reevaluation for the following school year will occur at the end of the school year. Students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Choreograph and perform a two to three-minute piece demonstrating growth and choreographic skills.
  2. Participate in an informal interview to review the student’s portfolio.
  3. Meet all academic requirements.

Course Offerings:

  • Modern Dance I
  • Modern Dance II
  • Modern Dance III
  • Modern Dance IV
  • Modern Dance III Honors
  • Modern Dance IV Honors
  • Ballet I
  • Ballet II
  • Ballet III
  • Choreography Lab
  • Performance Lab

Travel, Enrichment, and Honors: Members of the School of the Arts’ Dance Department will be given opportunities to participate in special educational trips and performances to enhance their aesthetic knowledge. Students graduating from the School of the Arts will receive special recognition at graduation and on their transcripts.

Published by Betty Houghtaling on June 3, 2019

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