I like how we learn dances from all over the world, but we also learn more than that. Dance teaches us how to relieve stress, how to be active and how to become calm.” Foster H., sixth grade
Dance students at UPrep explore their movement potential and build dance technique in a nurturing and creative environment. Through exploration of diverse dance styles student voice and movement expression are developed. Classes in modern dance, ballet, swing, salsa, hip hop, break-dance and more offer a variety of lessons and connections to the art form. Dance students draw inspiration and build choreography based on work from their peers in classes such as Creative Writing, Photography and Vocal Music. These collaborative projects build community, inspire risk taking, and foster personal confidence.
Guest artists enrich the classroom experience and connect students to the larger Seattle dance scene. Special classes in hip hop, Bollywood and breakdance bring professional artists into the dance studio. Class field trips to see dance companies perform allow students to further explore the world of dance. Finally, students perform for the UPrep community throughout the year in fun events including Music Day, all school assemblies, Singer Showcase performances, music concerts and Culture Night.
Original choreography and dance performances by Upper and Middle School students
- Dance teacher Jess Klein recently performed with Mark Haim's Dance Theater in “This Land is Your Land,” the American Dance Festival at Duke University, and at the Joyce Theater in NYC. The piece was named “One of the most influential works in the past 15 years” by Dance Magazine in January 2015.