Dance and Creative Movement
Creative Movement is offered each week to transition, kindergarten, and first grade students. By listening and observing the instructor and the other children, the students become more aware of their bodies and space. They learn valuable skills that help them with their balance, coordination, flexibility, musicality, focus, and self-expression.
Creative Movement students also learn to move in different patterns, shapes, and directions in their space. They are introduced to math concepts such as following a diagonal line, finding the center-point of a line, and dividing their circle in half, or even quarters. They learn that counting is found not only in math, but in music and dance as well.
The Dance Program is designed to help students of all levels learn, experience, and grow into young dancers who have a deep appreciation for dance as a form of art. Students develop an understanding of correct placement, coordination, rhythm, balance, flexibility, strength, musicality, focus, stage presence, style, and performance quality. Throughout the year, dancers learn choreography in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical theatre. In fifth through eighth grade, students are introduced to a sampling of social dance including line and ballroom dancing.
Middle and upper school students are also asked to explore their own movement vocabulary through guided lessons in composition and improvisation. In addition to their regular classes, students are inspired by the opportunity to expand their knowledge of dance by taking class with a guest artist each year. Dancers are required to perform in class daily and in a showcase nearing the end of the school year. Middle school dancers have the opportunity to dance two to three days a week. Upper school dancers can take dance as an elective five days a week.
Upper school dancers also have the opportunity to audition for the award-winning APA Upper School Dance Ensemble that performs for school events including the fall and spring pep rally, annual talent show, and dance showcase as well as represent Parrott Academy in special events off-campus such as the North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Event, the UNC School of the Arts Festival of Dance and the New York City Dance Alliance.
Our students have won numerous talent based scholarships which have enabled them to attend conferences and summer programs. Parrott dancers have been awarded college scholarships and have continued dancing as dance majors and minors, dance team members, and university dance troupe choreographers. Our alumni have gone on to study dance at UNC School of the Arts, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, Wake Forest University, Penn State University, Brigham Young University, and the College of Charleston.