Oakwood Dance Program Philosophy
The primary goal of the Dance Department is to introduce dance as an artistic discipline that strengthens the mind and body, and offers a means of personal expression. All dance classes have both a technique and choreography component, so that students learn how to dance and how to make dances. The Dance Program also emphasizes historical significance, dance analysis, and traditional and contemporary dance techniques.
We expect students to walk away from dance classes with an appreciation of dance in its many forms and their own power of personal expression through movement. Oakwood Dance prepares students for university level dance courses, which teach the art form as a whole, exposing students to different methodologies, somatic practices, and cultural and social implications of dance performance. Modern and ballet techniques are the foundation for explorations into postmodern and contemporary styles.