Dance Department

“Life's a dance you learn as you go
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow

      - John Michael Montgomery


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Updated: September 18, 2015

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Updated: September 18, 2015

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Updated: September 18, 2015

Dance Department Overview

Horace Mann Dance Department offers four levels of dance:  Dance I, Dance II, Dance III, Dance Ensemble. The goal of the Dance Department is to introduce the student to the basic fundamentals of dance as a theatre art.  A key emphasis of the course is the development of the movement skills required of dancers as performing artists.  This entails rigorous training classes in Ballet and Jazz dance, based respectively on the traditional ballet syllabus, kinesiological principles and popular dance idioms.  The year’s work culminates in a Dance Concert that involves all students enrolled in Dance.


Dance I

An introductory course designed to emphasize basic and fundamental skills necessary for proper dance technique.  Lessons in Ballet and Jazz movement accompanied by academic and co-curricular
activities will enhance the student's appreciation
of dance as an art form and an extension of our culture.

Dance II

An intermediate course designed to further develop the skills learned in Dance I.  Lessons in Ballet and Jazz focus on increasing the students’ flexibility, endurance and ability to combine complex dance sequences.  A study of the dance’s historical background along with co-curricular activities* ties the students awareness of the contributions of various cultures to their own.

Dance Tech III

An intermediate/advanced course that builds on the skills developed in Dance I and Dance II to include Body Awareness and Emotional Quality in dance performance.  Students study and research outstanding individuals who are major contributors to the evolution of Dance.   Co-curricular activities* support the students’ ability to evaluate and critique dance performances.

Dance Ensemble

This course focus mainly on choreography and the performance aspect of dance. Dance Ensemble includes advanced level dancers (young men and young women) and focuses on partnering skills. Participation is accessed through an audition process.  Dance Ensemble represents Mann through community performances and district-wide activities.


Department Staff


Teachers E-mail Grade Location Other Duties
LaKeisha Sharpley 6th/7th/8th Room 522  
Allison Clark 6th/7th/8th Room 518  




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