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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
Meg Boerner ail Music Specialist and Band Teacher
Beth Lexa Theatre Arts Specialist
Steve Lipe Instructional Technology Specialist
Lacey Brown Visual Arts Teacher
Waterfall Wise ail Dance Specialist
Michael Barfield ail Physical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s Assistant

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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 ...

Spring Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 20th students in 6th-8th grade strutted their stuff on stage during our annual Spring Arts Festival.  Students in 5th and 6th grade chorus performed touching numbers in beautiful harmony.  6th grade beginning band ...

Winter Arts Festival

December 18th- This is one of our talent packed annual events at ArtSpace.  Winter Arts Festival brings together music, tech, art and dance electives students, and 6th grade chorus and band.  The performance highlights student tech stop action ...