MacDuffie’s dance program inspires students to assume a greater role in their technical and creative development through technique classes, performance practices, and choreography opportunities. The program is designed to give students of all abilities the opportunity to explore dance as a performing art.
Through our modern dance curriculum, students use improvisation, choreography, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and anatomy to establish sound technique and performance skills. All courses approach dance through historical and cultural perspectives so students develop an appreciation of the art form. Each student is asked to challenge themselves physically, intellectually, mindfully, and emotionally and to embrace ideas about how their dancing merges with their personal value system, the CIRCLE values, and our global community.
Students have the opportunity to create dances for the annual Winter and Spring concerts in various dance styles such as hip hop, jazz, tap, modern, ballet, and cultural dance. Students sign out studio space throughout the week and organize and run their own rehearsals.
The dance program encourages mentorship. Through showings held prior to concerts, arts faculty and peers provide feedback to support our emerging choreographers. Students whose choreography meets certain requirements are selected to participate in the upcoming concert. In addition to the choreography, students are responsible for costumes, light, set design, and program creation.
The MacDuffie Dancers
The MacDuffie Dancers meet 3-4 times a week after school. The group is open to students who want to continue development and growth within technique and performance. These rehearsals and classes afford the chance to learn and perform works by faculty and guest artists to be presented in the annual dance concerts.
Our alumni have studied dance at Mount Holyoke College, Vassar College, Hampshire College, Wagner College, UARTS, and New York University.