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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.

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.

A student taking a selfie with a large group of friends dressed up for halloween.

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.

Group of dancers and instructor for Dance Masterclass 2023

Each year Emma Willard School’s dance program hosts visiting artists to teach master classes. This year dance students took classes with dancers from ODC/Dance Company (and attended a performance of the ODC/Dance Company at SUNY Albany's Performing Arts Center) and Lucie Baker.

two dancers dressed in pale blue with red sashes and red hair bows on stage in front of a purple curtain

Recently, the dance program at Emma Willard School saw a return to some favorite events: the annual Dance Assembly, and visiting Artists in Residence Kellie Ann Lynch and Annie Wang. Read on for photos, videos, and more about the return to in-person for these events.

Strong Dance Studio

Master class in Strong 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