Albany Academy for Girls offers the only dance program in the Capital Region designed for students of all ages. 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. Young dancers explore elements of dance through shape, rhythm, levels, formation and energy.
Girls in First Grade through Fourth Grade have a special performance opportunity each year. They also become choreographers as they learn to create their own dances, first as a solo, then duet and finally, group creative collaborations.
In Middle School students are exposed to various dance styles and techniques, including Ballet, Modern dance, Limon technique and Horton technique. The classes are more rigorous than in Lower School and the emphasis begins to shift from creative movement to technical prominence.
During the year, each grade level enjoys the opportunity to be involved in a group choreography project based on creative collaboration and the elements of dance composition. A variety of grade level specific opportunities occur, including dancing in a Renaissance Faire. All Middle School students perform in the annual Celebration of the Arts held each spring. Eighth Grade students eagerly prepare to audition for the Upper School Dance Workshop.
There are two classes offered to Upper School students: Dance Workshop and Dance Repertoire. The Horton technique is taught in both classes. The program is a very rigorous one and intended to push students to their own personal highest level of strength and flexibility. While both classes are conducted in the same way, Dance Workshop is performance-based while Repertoire is not. Students in Repertoire can move into the performance class when the instructor feels that the student is ready. Both classes attend a workshop at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School, and are also introduced to the techniques of other modern choreographers. Dance Workshop performs at Wassail and at the annual Celebration of the Arts as well as additional venues in the region.