Ideas put into action. Emotions embodied. Those fundamental appeals of dance are never far from the minds of our faculty. As working artists themselves, Concord Academy dance faculty engage in a reciprocal teaching and learning process with students that predicates freedom of expression on strong technical skills. The Dance Program supports students who are rigorously pursuing dance as a discipline, as well as students wanting to better inhabit body and mind — dance is ideal for actors and athletes.
Overlooking the campus, CA’s light-filled dance studio is a treasured space. This 2,500-square-foot, professional-level dance studio was designed by the renowned architect Graham Gund. It’s a calm and compelling place to turn one’s focus inward, negotiate relationships in space, and express oneself fully.
With formal training in ballet and contemporary dance, as well as opportunities to explore jazz, hip-hop, social dance, and African dance forms, the program ensures that all new dancers have a strong technical foundation. Emphasis is placed on healthy alignment and on increasing strength, stretch, and stamina. Students progress to expanding movement vocabularies, developing familiarity with complex rhythms, and gaining confidence with improvisation and choreography as creative tools.
This performing group allows dedicated students pursuing dance as an art form to serve as choreographers or dancers in one another’s compositions as well as to learn dances created by faculty. Dance Company has performed in the Boston area as well as nationally and internationally. Collaborations have taken place at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and at the Royal College of London, Eton College, and Brighton College in England.