Deerfield’s comprehensive dance program provides training in modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, and contemporary dance techniques as well as instruction in the craft of choreography and improvisation. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of all experience levels from complete beginners to pre-professional dancers. There are opportunities to perform in and choreograph for dance concerts that are presented each of our three trimesters.
Dance is offered as both an academic and co-curricular option at Deerfield. All students may study dance during the academic day either as a credit or pass/fail option on a term-by-term basis in order to accommodate the requirements of their academic schedules. Introduction to Dance is offered fall term, and participants may continue into Dance I in the winter and spring terms. The intermediate and advanced dance ensembles are both full year commitments with many exciting opportunities to work with professional choreographers and to participate in a variety of technique classes. Students in the academic ensembles also create dances collaboratively for a Student Choreography Showcase in the winter term. The co-curricular dance program is offered all three terms, and students may participate on a term-by-term basis or all year.
Opportunities within Deerfield’s dance program are supplemented by an extensive series of performances and master classes by such outstanding dance companies as Alvin Ailey, Momix, Ballet Chicago and David Parsons. Additionally, each year the works of distinguished guest choreographers are commissioned for dancers in the program. There is also a ballet coaching program that provides private and semi-private instruction for dancers of all experience levels.