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Dance Division

 

This is a modern dance-based curriculum integrated with ballet, jazz, world dance forms, and somatics. Four levels of dance as well as Menz Dance  are offered to accommodate the developmental needs of female and male students, and encompass technical training, improvisation, composition, performance and critical analysis. Courses in dance share the essential understandings of the Kinetic Wellness department and contribute to personal wellness.

All courses in the Dance Division, with the exception of Freshman Dance 2 , satisfy the Kinetic Wellness graduation requirement. Sophomores may elect dance in place of Kinetic Wellness 2 , but they must fulfill one semester of health education. Only Kinetic Wellness 1 /  Dance I,   and Dance I  do not require a placement class.

Students have a variety of opportunities to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular performances and dance events throughout the year.

PHILOSOPHY

Technical training, creating, performing and evaluating are the essential elements in the study of dance as an art form. The Dance Division regards the creative process to be of equal importance  to technical training or finished products. Problem-solving, cooperative learning, critical thinking and self expression are the cornerstones of the Dance Division's educational philosophy. Dance naturally occurs as an interdisciplinary art form that incorporates all the arts and makes connections between all disciplines. In the end, we hope to give our students another means to interpret the world around them and develop an appreciation for all of the visual and performing arts.

CURRICULUM

This is a modern dance-based curriculum integrated with ballet, jazz and world dance forms along with elements of Yoga and Pilates. Students experience dance through technique, improvisation, composition and performance. Four levels of dance are offered on the Winnetka campus to accommodate the developmental needs of male and female students from novice to the highly skilled dancer. The Northfield campus presently offers two levels: Kinetic Wellness 1/Dance 1  (no placement class necessary) and Freshman Dance 2 (placement class required).
Dance technique courses may be used to fulfill seven semesters of the Kinetic Wellness requirement for graduation. Any dance course taken in addition to a Kinetic Wellness class receives Fine Arts credit. This option allows students to include dance in their schedule as a Fine Arts elective.
Sophomore dancers in Dance 2,3,4 * and Menz Dance  must fulfill the KW Health requirement for graduation either of two ways:

  • Dance 1st semester and Health 2nd semester
  • Dance two semesters and Health one semester during another period (This is the only option for sophomores recommended for Dance 4 ; Dance 4  must be taken the entire year)

All classes meet daily for approximately 30 minutes of activity. Dance Lab is a daily 75-minute class for serious minded advanced dancers to study in depth the art, craft and science of modern dance.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Except for Kinetic Wellness 1/Dance 1  and Dance 1 , level placement classes are required for registration. Students currently enrolled in dance are assessed in class. Placement classes are held for students new to NT dance. Courses may be repeated with permission of the instructor. All classes are sequentially arranged by ability level as follows:

  • Kinetic Wellness 1/Dance 1   - Full year on the Northfield Campus (Fulfills freshman KW requirement
  • Freshman Dance  2  - Full year on the Northfield Campus (elective)
  • Menz Dance  - Full yea
  • Dance 2  - Full year or one semester (Sophomores must fulfill one semester of KW Health)
  • Dance 3  - Full year or one semester (Sophomores must fulfill one semester of KW Health)
  • Dance 4  - Full year
  • Dance at Dawn   - Full year, early bird class
  • Dance Lab 1   - Full year, Jr./ Sr. only (Fine Arts major + Kinetic Wellness minor) 
No athletic waiver. 
Senior Project participants must complete entire year. 
Recommendation from current dance teacher is required for Dance Lab courses.  Seniors wishing to go on "Senior Project" must choose abbreviated project in order to attend class.
  • Dance Lab 2     - Full year, Sr. only (Fine Arts major + Kinetic Wellness minor) No athletic from current dance teacher is required for Dance Lab courses.  Seniors wishing waiver. 
Senior Project participants must complete entire year.  Recommendation to go on "Senior Project" must choose abbreviated project in order to attend class.
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PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES & DANCE EVENTS 2016-2017

Besides those formal concerts listed below, studio performances are held throughout the year in order that dancers may share their creative experiences with each other. 

Kinesis Parent Coffee Information Meeting, Winnetka Campus EPI center (301)  Thursday, September 8, 6-7 pm 

Northfield Dance Ensemble (NDE) Information Meeting, Winnetka Dance Studio G12 Friday, September 16, 7:45 am

Northfield Dance Ensemble (NDE) Information Meeting, Northfield Dance Studio Monday, September 19, 3:10 pm

Northfield Dance Ensemble (NDE) Information Meeting, Winnetka Dance Studio G12   Tuesday, September 20, 3:30 pm 

Kinesis Car Wash, Essex parking lot, Winnetka Campus,  September 24, 10 am - 1pm.  Free will donation.  Proceeds benefit  Dancing with Class  and  Supplies for Dreams .

NDE Choreographer Auditions,  Northfield Dance Studio  Monday and Tuesday, September 26 and 27, 3:15-5:15 pm  

NDE Casting Day,  Northfield Dance Studio  Thursday, September 29, 4-5:30 pm.  All forms are due!!

Dance Day Auditions  , Winnetka Dance studios   Wednesday, November 2 3:30-6 
Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, November 30, same time and location

Dance Day Winnetka  , in Gaffney  Thursday, December 15  periods 1-9  free 
A showcase celebration of student work, including a culmination of in-class choreographic projects created by the freshman through senior students.  Community members are welcome to attend.

Level Placement Class, Northfield Dance Studio  Friday, January 13 4-5:15 pm.  A class for rising freshmen interested in being placed into Freshman Dance 2 at the Northfield campus.  Upperclassmen interested in being considered for higher level dance classes may also attend.  There will be one more class offered on January 18 for those who cannot attend this date

Level Placement Class, Northfield Dance Studio  Wednesday, January 18, 4-5:15 pm.  A class for rising freshmen interested in being placed into Freshman Dance 2 at the Northfield campus.  Upperclassmen interested in being considered for higher level dance classes may also attend. This is the final class offered for placement (The first class was on 1/13/17)

Dance Day Northfield, in Cornog    Friday, January 27, periods 5-9  free.  A showcase celebration of student work, a culmination of in-class choreographic projects, as well as dances performed by NDE and Kinesis.  Community members are welcome to attend  

Northfield Dance Ensemble (NDE) Showcase, Northfield in Cornog  Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm  $5, free for New Trier students with ID.  A showcase of student choreography 

Kinesis Dance Company Concert, Northfield in Cornog     Thursday and Friday, February 2 & 3, 7:30 pm, $7; Saturday, February 4, 2 pm  $5. A formal winter concert by this junior and senior company. Choreography is created by the students, faculty and guest artists. Saturday is a Family matinee with special guests, Menz Dance. Auditions for new members will be held on May 16.

DTNT Choreographer Audition, Winnetka Dance Studios  Wednesday, February 15, 3:30-5 pm All  Dance 3  ,  Menz Dance  ,  Dance 4   and  Dance Lab   students are encouraged to present original material to be considered for choreography in the April, Dance Theater New Trier Concert.

DTNT Dancer Audition, Winnetka Dance Studios  Thursday, February 16, 3:30-5pm  An audition for dancers at the Winnetka Campus Dance Studios open to students enrolled in  Dance Lab  ,  Dance 4  ,  Dance 3  , and  Menz Dance  students.

DTNT First Rehearsal, Winnetka Dance Studios  Monday, February 20, 3:30-5:30 pm 

Dance Theater New Trier Concert, Northfield in Gaffney Auditorium  Thursday and Friday, April 27 & 28, 7:30 pm, $7.  A formal concert by this student performance group held in Cornog Auditorium.  Choreography is created by the students, faculty and guest artists. Rehearsals are held after school beginning in February.

Kinesis Audition, Winnetka Dance Studios  Tuesday, May 16, 3:30-6 pm. An audition at the Winnetka Campus open to rising juniors and seniors.  All students who are chosen for this ensemble are required to sign up for Dance Lab.  However, all students are invited and encouraged to attend this audition simply for the experience and practice of auditioning.

Dance Lab 2 Showcase, Winnetka Dance Studio Theater G14    Tuesday, May 23, 7 pm.  A showcase of solos, duets, trios and small groups choreographed by the seniors of Dance Lab 2.