The Academy 跳舞 Department is recognized as one of the leading preparatory institutions for top colleges and dance companies in the country.
At the core of the 跳舞 program is the intensive study of technique and artistic development. In addition to a foundational class in ballet every day, where students delve deep into classical technique, 舞者学习爵士乐, 现代, 黑, 和合作, 和即兴演奏.
Students perfect jetés, attitudes, expressive movement, and arabesques. 此外, Academy dancers will have the opportunity to audition for The Academy’s Repertory 跳舞 Company, 并在芝加哥和其他地方演出.
Students will also grow their understanding of dance history while working with both Academy faculty and world-renowned guest artists.
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Photos from the 2019 Mix at Six 跳舞 Performance at Harris Theater
From the 2019 Icons of Choreography 跳舞 performance
Highlights from the 2019 高级编舞音乐会
Pictures from the 2019 春日节目!
Ballet classes presuppose a beginning knowledge of the technique. 他们培养力量，平衡和灵巧. 在栏杆边, traditional exercises condition and prepare the musculature to anticipate the execution of virtually all movements of the classical vocabulary. The nature of the exercises allows students to widen their personal range of motion. The concepts learned at the barre are tested in the center through the adagio (lyrical quality, 平衡), and allegro (small and big 跳跃) components of the lesson. The knowledge and dexterity acquired in Ballet C are applied to more challenging usage of the exercises and center floor combinations for levels B and A.
Jazz classes are based in ballet technique with heavy reliance on the combination of African and 现代 dance idioms. 所有的锻炼都强调中枢力量, with an emphasis on expressiveness through the torso, 隔离头部, 肩膀, 胸腔和臀部. Rhythmic patterns, dynamic variations, and strong and subtle qualities of movement are explored. 跳舞rs are given combinations that are challenging at their level, 取决于他们的技术水平.
Modern classes introduce the concepts of movement used in Martha Graham Technique. Strength is fostered through floor-work exercises designed to teach the initiation of movement from the back and lower spine. Flexibility is increased through a variety of stretching components within the exercises. The forms and patterns learned in floor work are applied to center work and to combinations across the floor. Movement and principles learned in level C (beginning) are furthered explored in B (intermediate) and A (advanced) classes. 强调准确性和灵活性. The complexity of movement increases as students become familiar with the Graham vocabulary.
舞蹈组合 enables students to explore their individual creativity. 通过成分研究, students learn to articulate and communicate ideas, as well as to analyze and to critically evaluate movement. Students will gain the ability to compose short movement phrases as well as more lengthy compositions that will be performed at the Senior Choreographed 跳舞 Concert. 舞蹈组合 is taken by students during their junior and senior years.
Pointe classes are designed to build a higher level of classical training through the use of ballet vocabulary on the tip of the toes, using specially designed shoes known as 黑 shoes. 平衡证明, 强度, and transfer of weight over the tip of the toes is necessary to be part of this class.
双人舞 is designed for students who have attained and developed a high level of ballet technique with a clear understanding of balance and transfer of weight over the tips of the toes. The female is able to be supported by the male dancer through turns, 电梯, 以及其他各种艺术表现形式. This course is also designed to provide students with the historical and classical 双人舞 and variations of the past.
*Course titles reflect transcripts for the 2017-2018 freshman class.