St. Timothy's Dance program offers students the opportunity to explore and continue their progress in a variety of dance techniques.
The dancers perform at least three times a year (fall, winter, and spring trimesters). With each trimester and performance there is a different focus. In the fall, dancers focus on technique classes in Ballet (Pointe for those that demonstrate they are ready), Modern, Jazz or Hip Hop, and Tap. In the winter, dancers study dance appreciation and history, as well as technique, by learning original choreography by famous choreographers. For example, the dancers have learned works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Isadora Duncan, Bob Fosse, and Gene Kelly to name a few. In the spring, dancers can step into the role of choreographers, while still working on technique. Each dancer has an opportunity to create their own work, but they must check-in, receive feedback, and edit their piece(s). They also learn a full-length work, a piece that examines and fulfills an entire theme, idea, or storyline.
The experience levels range from no experience (but a willingness to learn and work hard) to very advanced dancers (looking to be challenged and grow). Developing technique, strength, flexibility, grace/poise, balance, coordination, and stamina are all important for each dancer physically. However, the other things we strive to accomplish are trying new things, keeping an open mind, developing stage presence and theatrical techniques, growing our appreciation of dance and knowledge of its history, learning anatomy and kinesiology, picking up and retaining choreography, creating and editing choreography, collaborating, problem-solving, improving spatial and aesthetic awareness, and, perhaps most importantly, gaining positive self-esteem and confidence.