The Dance Program at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts offers studies in Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance techniques as well as creative dance and composition. The program provides many opportunities for students to perform, to work with guest artists, to attend workshops and to view professional dancers performing and/or working behind the scenes. Students learn dance vocabulary, the etiquette of dance, anatomy, nutrition, and safety in dance. Students also study the history of dance, stage craft, and music appreciation. They also look at contemporary issues in the world of dance and contemporary issues in the broader society. Students learn to reflect and to express their ideas and their opinions while learning to critically observe dance in many situations.
Open courses are offered in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 where students study the three dance techniques in a single credit class. At the grade 9 and 10 level there is also a Boy’s Dance Class. This course is designed to look at the specific needs of the male dancer. Some males choose to combine this credit along with a regular dance credit.
Students who are working at an advanced level may specialize in grades 10, 11 and 12. The dance major double credit package is offered for those students who are wishing to gain entrance into a dance program at a university or college. In the dance major program our students dance everyday, combining a ballet credit with a modern and jazz credit.
Students do not audition for the program but there are appropriate levels for the beginner student as well as appropriate levels for students with previous training and experience. There is a placement class for incoming grade 9 dance students held in the spring of their grade 8 year.
All students enrolled in a dance credit take part in the annual Dance Night production held at the end of May. Students may audition for the RHSA Dance Company which performs throughout the year in community events, tours, assemblies, and special events.
Grade 11 and 12 students who have previously taken a dance, a drama and a vocal singing credit in grade 9 and/or 10 can take Musical Theatre. Students work with three teachers from three disciplines to learn to become “triple threat” performers in the craft of Musical Theatre. They produce a full scale musical in the spring. Students engage in both an off stage production role and on stage singing, acting and dancing role.
Graduates of the Dance Department have gone on to various programs across the country including; Simon Fraser University, George Brown College, Ryerson University, Concordia University, York University and The Randolph Program for the Performing Arts.
The goal of our program is to provide students skills and knowledge in order to best prepare them in a variety of roles as future art-makers, creative thinkers, and appreciators of visual arts.