A cornerstone of the Academy's Performing Arts department, the dance program is a vibrant blend of rhythmic and musical expression. Under the direction of Donna Reese '77, the Holy Cross dance program's performance calendar is highlighted annually by back-to-back nights of show-stopping recitals to what is always a sold-out house of enthusiastic fans each winter and spring. Our program is bolstered by the talent of the Adrenaline Dance Team, which is comprised of the Academy's top dancers in the areas of musical theatre, ballet, modern, tap, and jazz, and our brand new student-choreographed Hip-Hop club.
This is a beginning course in modern dance designed to increase the movement vocabulary of the beginning dance student. It includes stretching, technical work and composition, and emphasizes energy contrasts, contraction and release, correct alignment, and musicality. Students participate in public performances, and attendance at these performances is mandatory.
Students learn basic movement, vocabulary, and technique most closely associated with musical theatre dance (including tap). No formal dance training or experience is required to be successful in this class. Each semester, students participate in public performances; attendance at these performances is mandatory.
Students gain an advanced appreciation and understanding of the powerful and expressive art of dance. Over the two-year course, students will demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge relating to dance composition and analysis, world dance studies, and dance performance, culminating in the spring of the second year with the submission of three IB assessments, one in each of the respective areas of the syllabus. While special emphasis is placed on investigating a variety of dance forms and processes, this course promotes an understanding of how people across times and space have used their bodies to express their emotions, stories, and ideas.
Hip-Hop Dance Club
The Hip-hop Dance Club will include street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It will include wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping and is open to any student.
Irish Dance Club
The Irish Dance Club promotes awareness of, exposure to, and enjoyment of Irish culture in general, with particular attention focused on Irish dancing. The club is open to all students with an interest in Irish culture
Adrenaline Dance Team
The Adrenaline Dance Team is comprised of the Academy's top dancers in the areas of musical theatre, ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. The Dance Team meets after school in the Dance Studio multiple times per week to rehearse for many performance opportunities throughout the school year, including the Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, the Evenings of Performing Arts for Middle School Students, the End-of-Year Awards Gala, basketball half-time performances, and regional dance competitions.