Albany Academy for Girls offers the only dance program in the Capital Region designed for students of all ages.

In Dance our AAG students in Early Childhood through Middle School and all of our Academies Upper School students have the opportunity to study; our in-depth program rivals the most intensive dance programs and it is an integral part of the overall Fine Arts program. 
Our ECA students learn basic movement skills to better understand how they move and we develop the young learners to be curious about the movements and then become purposeful thinkers within emerging dance and movement skills.
As our AAG Dance students go into the Lower School they become Resilient Learners developing personal character and identity in their style of Dance who are encouraged to be curious and creative movers.
The Middle School Dance Program continues to develop student independence, advancing movement and cognitive skills to become curious critical dancers.
All Academies Students then can choose to start or continue in Dance and Movement as part of their Art Credit in Upper School advancing to the top levels of dance and moment to become diligent students of strength and agility expressing their high character and showing through their movement their curiosity as critical dancers.

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  • Lower School

    Lower School students in Pre-K through Fourth Grade eagerly look forward to dance class, where the emphasis is on creative movement, self-expression and beginning Modern Dance.
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  • Middle School

    In Middle School students are exposed to various dance styles and techniques, including Ballet, Modern dance, Limon technique and Horton technique.
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  • Upper School

    There are two classes offered to Upper School students: Dance Workshop and Dance Repertoire. 
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Traditionally, Wassail is a hot, spiced punch often associated with winter celebrations of northern Europe - usually those connected with holidays such as Christmas and New Year. The term itself is a concentration of the Old English wes hál, or “be thou hale!” (i.e. be in good health).

Wassail has evolved from a Grade Eight play of “St. George and the Dragon” to a Glee Club Concert to an afternoon and evening that includes singing and dancing, an Upper School choral performance and performance of Dance Workshop.


M.O.V.E. (Mobility Opportunities Via Experience) is a research-based curriculum, developed by Linda Bidabe in the 1980s, which emphasizes mobility, independence and skill development in every aspect of life for a person who has a disability: in the classroom, at home, in job training, at work and in recreation activities.
This unique partnership allows AAG dance students the opportunity to collaborate with professional dancers and individuals with disabilities on an inclusive, community outreach program through dance.


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  • Photo of Claire Jacob-Zysman

    Claire Jacob-Zysman 

    Visual & Performing Arts Faculty
  • Photo of Eve Whelchel

    Eve Whelchel 

    Visual & Performing Arts Faculty

Upper School Campus

Lower And Middle School Campus

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center