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Dance

Dance study allows all learners to be successful, as it addresses various learning styles and intelligences. Movement is a natural vehicle to help students understand themselves, as well as to gain an appreciation for rich and diverse cultures, beliefs, and societies throughout history. Our dance program is designed to teach students fundamentals in dance and choreography while developing self-discipline and focus.

Our K-8 dance program addresses the learning needs of the whole child — physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and aesthetic development. Through movement, students have the opportunity to creatively express vocabulary, concepts, and principals across the standard course of study (NCSCOS).

Performances are a by-product, and are not the primary goal of kinesthetic learning. They are the outcome of the creative process to help students develop the ability to think critically and express concepts. Through the process of creating, students approach a subject in new or different ways to develop their own aesthetic criteria. Students evaluate and validate their work and choices, while appreciating the work of schoolmates.

Students in grades K-6 will have a dance class once each week, unless a project or upcoming presentation requires additional time. Students in grades 7 and 8 attend an arts class daily as an electives class, with the opportunity to develop their skills in a specific art form of their choice each quarter. These quarterly dance electives have included Dance Around the World, Swing into Spring, Dance for Fun, Fitness, and Focus, Musical Theatre, and Choreography.

For more information, please contact our Arts Integration Team.

Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Beth Lexa 631 Theatre Arts Specialist
Jocelyn Reese 628 Visual Arts Specialist
Rebecca Triplett 617 Dance Specialist
Meg Boerner 641 Music Specialist and Band Teacher
Michael Barfield 638 Physical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s Assistant
Steve Lipe 610 Instructional Technology Specialist

Recent Classroom News

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[caption id="attachment_7705" align="alignright" width="300"] One of the LIttle Prince's[/caption] Recently 4th grade students at ArtSpace Charter School performed an original multi-layered social studies play entitled “The Little Prince Time Bandits”.  This piece combined puppet theater ...

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[caption id="attachment_7426" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2nd graders completing their tango[/caption] Wednesday, April 27th - ArtSpace 2nd graders took part in their annual World’s Fair. The fair is the culmination of a two month study of the ...

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[caption id="attachment_6845" align="alignleft" width="201"] A+ Fellow Michelle Pearson leads attendees in an energizing movement celebration.[/caption] DURHAM, NC, August 3-5, 2015 - The A+ Schools program of the North Carolina Arts Council celebrated 20 years of ...
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