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In Emma Willard School's dance studio, students learn and rehearse in a variety of dance styles and perform in assemblies, the annual spring concert, on tour and in other special performance events.

students in light blue costumes dancing on stage

Dance Curriculum

Dance offerings include three levels of ballet and contemporary dance, multilevel jazz, core fundamentals, and an advanced level performing group. All levels have the opportunity to participate in master classes by professional guest artists, view live professional dance companies, and experience the accomplishment of performing. Advanced students can explore composition and choreography through independent study.

Two students dancing on a stage.

May is a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the United States. Last Friday at Emma Willard School, we gathered at an assembly presented by the Asian Student Union (ASU) and the South Asian Sub Division (SASD) to recognize AAPI culture in our country and institution.

Spring Showcase 2024

Spring Showcase, a much-anticipated tradition on campus, highlights students’ hard work from the 2023–2024 school year in Signature capstone projects, Jestermester, and Emma Artists.

students dancing on stage in black leotard and red skirt

The Fall Dance Assembly took place in Kiggins on Thursday, November 16. It was an incredible performance showcasing traditional ballet, hip hop, modern, solo performances and more.

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This month’s One of 360 features Abigail (Abbi) P. ’26, a sophomore boarding student drawn to the artistry of dance, singing, and more! Hear more from Abbi in her own words about family (including the cutest dog in the world), art, ring siblings, and growing independence at boarding school! 

Students, faculty, alumnae, and friends gathered to hear students share their project presentations and participate in panel

One of the most exciting events of the year at Emma Willard School is the Spring Showcase. In this moment, we celebrate the accomplishments of students who have been working all year on Signature capstone projects and Emma Artists performances.

Strong Dance Studio

dance studio

Our main dance studio is aesthetically beautiful, with a vaulted ceiling, twelve-foot windows on three sides, a wooden “sprung” floor, and audio/visual equipment providing the opportunity for students to critique their work as well as view historical and contemporary performances. The contemporary classes enjoy a live accompanist for many of their classes.

Dance Faculty