Dance

Welcome to the NCAS Dance website! While being a part of the NCAS dance program is a lot of hard work and commitment, it is an unbelievably rewarding experience for students to be able to share their talents on stage in front of the community and their peers!

Join the NCAS dance program and have the following opportunities:

  • Perform in a formal dance show performance after and during school
  • Transform yourself physically, technically, and emotionally.
  • Create dance pieces to tell stories
  • Create and use props
  • Choreograph your own material
  • Engage in every aspect of the performance process from dancing to choreographing, from set and costume creation to backstage management.

Instructor
Paige Farlow moved to Colorado a few years ago from Milwaukee where she taught in alternative school settings. She grew up dancing for Janet Lange Dance Studio which later developed into the Rochester Dance Company in Rochester, MN where she grew up. She began dancing at age 3 and has studied several genres of dance including: ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, swing, ballroom, and hip hop. She began teaching dance in high school at the same studio she trained at, and continued teaching through college. Paige has choreographed for dance studios, musicals and theater productions, and developed and instructed a dance program for special needs dance students in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Cross Curricular Activities:
NCAS Dance program supports all subjects and integrates cross curricular activities frequently. In the NCAS dance, students will partake in several cross curricular activities throughout the school year, integrating subjects such as: language arts, math, science, health, physical education, and history.

Performing is a Privilege:
Performing is a privilege and students must demonstrate understanding of proper dance etiquette, appropriate classroom behavior, good attendance and reliability, stage presence, and knowledge of choreography before they are put on stage. Our goal is to have all students performing , however, there will be performance criteria students need to meet and there will be auditions for each dance.

Practices and Performances
Participation is a large part of a dance student’s grade. If students are selected to perform they are expected to attend all scheduled after school shows and performances, as well as after school practices. Students will be given a calendar with required practices and performances. The big performances are usually held twice a year in December and May. There may be other performance opportunities in addition to those.

The Space
Dance classes are held in a traditional style dance studio with large mirrors, wall attached ballet bars, and newly resurfaced and refinished wood floors.

Performances will be held our state-of-the-art theatre, which is equipped with brand new sound and lighting systems, a beautiful new stage floor, and a 900-seat audience.
Changing Out
Changing out is part of the student’s participation grade. The highest grade a student can receive if they choose not to change out is a “C.” Students need to be dressed appropriately for stretching and physical activity and sweating. Below are examples of what is appropriate for dance class dress code, and what is not appropriate for dance class dress code.

Appropriate Dress

  • Sneakers , socks, or barefoot
  • Gym shorts
  • Sweatpants
  • T shirts
  • Leggings
  • Tank tops

Inappropriate Dress

  • Revealing clothing
  • Extremely baggy clothes
  • Jeans
  • Boots, flats, or dress shoes
  • Crop tops

The NCAS Dance Program offers the following courses:

Beginner/Intermediate Middle School Dance:

  • Dance and performance etiquette
  • Building basic technique and strength
  • A traditional sequential dance class that includes: warm up, center or ballet barrre work, across the floor, and choreography.
  • Create their own sequences
  • History of genres
  • Lyrical Analysis
  • Perform 2 or more pieces per year

Advanced Middle School Dance (Must be referred):

  • Dance and performance etiquette
  • Strengthening and building basic technique and strength through more challenging movement
  • A traditional sequential dance class that includes: warm up, center or ballet barrre work, across the floor, and choreography.
  • Create their own sequences
  • Creating and using props in performances
  • Creating story lines and for their pieces
  • Character
  • Lyrical analysis
  • Peer and Performance Critiques
  • History of genres
  • Perform 4 or more pieces per year

Beginner/Intermediate High School Dance:

  • Dance and performance etiquette
  • Building basic technique and strength
  • A traditional sequential dance class that includes: warm up, center or ballet barre work, across the floor, and choreography.
  • Create their own sequences
  • History of genres
  • Lyrical Analysis
  • Perform 4 or more pieces per year

Advanced High School Dance (Must be referred):

  • Dance and performance etiquette
  • Strengthening and building basic technique and strength through more challenging movement
  • A traditional sequential dance class that includes: warm up, center or ballet barre work, across the floor, and choreography.
  • Create their own sequences
  • Creating and using props in performances
  • Creating story lines and for their pieces
  • Character
  • Lyrical analysis
  • Peer and Performance Critiques
  • History of genres
  • Lighting and costume design
  • Community performance opportunities
  • Self-choreographed pieces
  • Perform 6 or more pieces per year