As a dance program within a secondary school, our goal is to offer pre-professional level training that prepares students to enter college dance programs or conservatories, while also serving students who wish to take dance as a form of recreational and life-long fitness.
The PA dance program is designed to educate students and the extended community to the concept of dance as a form of communication and expression fundamental to all cultures. Dance classes are offered through academic, athletic, and extra-curricular offerings. Current class offerings include contemporary, ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreographic elements, and dance on camera. The student’s exposure to dance culminates in vibrant performance offerings, which serve to expand the community’s knowledge of dance as they enrich the overall culture at Phillips Academy.
Dance technique is offered exclusively through the athletic program while choreography and performance opportunities are both curricular and co-curricular. Phillips Academy provides two state-of-the-art studios. Techniques classes are taught by two full-time faculty members. The Academy’s faculty-directed performance ensemble, Andover Dance Group, comprises the most dedicated and experienced dancers. Additionally, student-run groups focus on hip-hop, tap, jazz, Afro-Fusion, and Asian dance forms. To broaden the students’ exposure to the dance world each year, the department hires guest artists ranging from local choreographers to residencies with internationally known choreographers and dancers.