About Patapsco's Dance Magnet
The dance program focuses on individual growth by using dance as a vehicle
for the student's creative expression. The curriculum provides technical
training based on anatomical integrity, Laban movement analysis, career
development, and progressive learning as outlined in the National Standards for
Dance Education. The student will be exposed to aesthetic criteria,
choreographic principles, multicultural perspectives and dance history, as well
as a healthy attitude toward the body. Performance allows new avenues for
artistic expression which encompasses creating, practicing, working with others
and producing concerts.
The faculty encourages a supportive and
nurturing atmosphere that fosters integration of body and mind to develop the
student's potential, self esteem, and ability to create meaningful connections
within the community. In this safe environment the act of creating and
processing material allows a new awareness of self to emerge.
What's good at Patapsco?
Facility & Technology - Facilities include two
performance spaces; a black box theatre and a main stage theatre with advanced
lighting and sound system. A state-of-the-art video recording studio is
available for archival footage.
Residency - Residencies bring in renowned guest artists to
provide students an opportunity to work with professionals in the dance field.
Students will be exposed to new approaches that extend beyond the classroom.
Career Opportunities - Students will learn about numerous
career opportunities in the realm of dance including performance, production,
and college study.
Performance - There is a formal concert presented in the
evening for the community every semester. Throughout the year students perform
in dance festivals, community events, and informal performances. Experience with
performance is an essential part of mastering the art form.
Field Trips - Students will travel to locations outside of
school including local colleges to perform and participate in workshops, and
observe professional dance companies.