Academic Dance Program
Carmel Catholic’s academic dance program has been directed by Ms. Kacey Valentine since its birth in 2013. For a one-semester fine arts credit, Carmel’s dance program offers the following courses: Beginning Dance, Intermediate Dance I and II Honors, Advanced Dance Honors, and Dance Leadership Honors. All students are encouraged to register for Beginning Dance as it is a very fun, well-paced class that focuses on learning rhythmic fundamentals through the basics of ballet, hip-hop, and jazz technique. Those students who engage in dance outside of the academic setting are encouraged to attend the Intermediate/Advanced Level Placement Auditions offered each January. Intermediate Dance I and II is a building block off of Beginning Dance with a directional focus toward increasing confidence through dance performance opportunities while gaining experience in learning technique and history of ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance. Lastly, any student interested in taking Advanced Dance must attend a Level Placement Audition as the course will entail higher-level technical training in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and modern dance while focusing on body awareness through anatomical perspectives.
Academic Dance Performance Opportunities
Advanced Dance (offered only in spring) will perform in the Stations of the Cross and in the annual Orchesis Dance Concert weekend in May. All Intermediate and Advanced Dance classes will perform student-choreographed works at their Academic Dance Showcase held at the end of each semester. Additionally, all academic dance students will receive the opportunity to perform in a hip-hop production number in front of the entire Carmel Catholic community at one pep rally per semester.
Our annual Orchesis Dance Concert "Raising the Barre" will take place in our auditorium on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Orchesis Dance Company members are hoping for our biggest audience to date! Help us achieve our goal of over 500 attendees and celebrate our graduating senior Orchesis members!
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