Theater, Dance, Meditative & Culinary Arts
The Evening Arts Program extends the artistic and creative possibilities by providing a wide range of arts-based classes after dinner. It is an opportunity for students to try something entirely new or to delve more deeply into an art form for which they have already developed a passion. While active participation is required, these classes are ungraded. The classes meet from 7:30-9 PM either once or twice per week, and students are required to participate at least two evenings per week. The Evening Arts program operates in two sessions: Fall and Winter/Spring. Unless otherwise noted, classes run during both sessions.
We will dance a social partnered style of ballroom to learn how to lead and follow, as well as step patterns, and rhythms, with a focus on the smooth dances: Foxtrot, Waltz, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Tango. Making it fun will be a central theme while learning how to use our body and communicate with a partner. Leaders and followers need not be gender specific. In fact, it is great to learn both parts.
We will prepare and create natural and herbal products by using 100% raw materials including herbs, plants and vegetables that are available on campus and some others from the school gardens. We will start with researching and finding ingredients for everything from body creams to teas. We will make everything from scratch and finish our products by considering labels and packaging.
Dance Ensemble offers experienced dancers the opportunity to be part of a community of dedicated dancers. We will choreograph new dances, adding to our company repertoire for performances in the winter and spring Dance Concerts, as well as “on tour” at local venues. Although offered as an Evening Activity, rehearsals are held on Wednesday, from 1:30-4:30. Dancers need permission from the instructors. Full year commitment is preferred.
Dunham Technique Jazz Dance
The Dunham Technique is a vibrant fusion of Haitian and African dance, jazz, modern and ballet. This class will introduce the fundamentals of the technique, including barre work and progressions created by modern dance pioneer Katherine Dunham. The focus will be on joy of dancing, alignment, strength, flexibility, energy rhythm and fun!
Students in the Hip-Hop class work to increase rhythmic awareness and timing while exploring a full range of body mechanics. Student learn the basics of Hip Hop, incorporate Break dancing, Pop-Locking, Freezes, Power Moves and a touch of Jazz. No previous experience necessary
Students will learn some basic footwork, dance positions, and connections between partners. A partner is recommended but not required. Ability to play leader and follower is a plus. Students will also focus on learning the basics of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and more.
This aim of this activity is to cultivate mindfulness, which is defined as present-moment awareness. We will learn how to pay attention, in the present moment, to whatever arises, in a non-judgmental way. The awareness that comes out of paying attention in this way allows us to center ourselves and to develop clarity of mind and stability. We will cultivate mindfulness through practices such as gentle stretching, eating, sitting and walking meditation. We will also learn ways in which we can bring mindfulness into our daily lives. We will reflect on these practices through discussion.
Students in this class learn how to stand before a group of people in a poised and concentrated manner and speak clearly and intelligently. Primarily, these skills are acquired by researching, preparing and presenting a series of speeches, including informative, demonstrative, persuasive, after-dinner, announcements and storytelling.
All students, faculty, and staff are invited to audition for the fall and winter/spring productions. A comedy or drama is rehearsed during the fall term and is performed the last four days of the fall Project Weeks. The spring musical is rehearsed in the winter and spring and performed at the end of the spring Project Weeks. Students are expected to devote some time to memorization and review throughout the week. Most cast members should expect to meet on Sunday afternoons during most of the fall and spring trimesters. The theater activity will continue during Project Week as a double project, but students are encouraged to do another independent project.
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance
This dance class draws inspiration from the nomadic and Romani groups of northern India, North Africa, the Middle East, and Spain. Music ranging from traditional Middle Eastern to Arab-American-Balkan Electronica drives each class. The movement is funky and strong utilizing torso isolations and a literal interpretation of rhythm and melody. All are welcome