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The Village Academy Performing Arts Program educates students in a variety of disciplines in dance and theater, while incorporating world-class guest instructors, field trips to local college and professional productions, and in-depth academic and cultural studies.
The program also promotes important life skills such as creativity, self-confidence, discipline, and leadership. Students who select the Visual/Performing Arts Graduation Track have increased individual studio time and work toward a completed portfolio of creative samples as a part of their endorsement requirements.
In addition to the disciplines below, Visual and Performing Arts are cross-curricular programs at Village Academy. Students study the arts as an outlet for their creativity, while also learning about the relationship between these disciplines to world history and current events. This approach promotes a deeper appreciation of the arts, and an understanding of the impact the arts continue to have on the global community.
The Village Academy Dance Program is designed to facilitate student awareness of the body, mind, and spirit through the study of space, rhythm, and motion. At the lower school level, in addition to movement in performing arts classes, dance enrichment activities are offered during after school programming. Beginning in middle school, as students study the historical and cultural heritage of dance, opportunities are available to study advanced dance techniques such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern. Upper school students are able to audition for the Performance Dance Ensemble, which offers an in-depth academic study of dance and performance experience to prepare for higher education. There are several opportunities for dance performance throughout the school year for the dance classes and the Performance Dance Ensemble.
In the Village Academy Theatre Program, students are given opportunities to perform in school-wide performances and also in regional, state, national, and international competitions. In the classroom, students study core subjects such as drama, comedy, musical theater, improvisation, stage management, technology, and lighting. Upper School students are able to participate in the audition-only Performance Acting Ensemble, which includes in-depth character studies and the preparation of a monologue portfolio and theater resume for collegiate-level studies.
The goal of the Village Academy Music Program is to instill an understanding of, and respect for, cultural perspectives as they relate to music. Beginning in pre-kindergarten, students are exposed to a variety of music styles and experiences as an integral part of the curriculum.
Vocal music opportunities begin with performing arts classes at the lower school level, followed by Middle School and Upper School Choirs, and the Upper School Vocal Ensemble (by audition only). There are also vocal opportunities at multiple levels in School musical theatre productions. Instrumental instruction starts in 3rd grade with recorders, and continues with opportunities to join the 4th/5th grade, Middle School, and Upper School bands. The 4th grade, 5th grade, and Middle School programs are designed to instruct students toward mastery of their instrument, enrich their lives through music, and improve academic achievement. The Upper School program consists of performance and composition through experiences in Concert Band, Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary Ensembles.
Advanced music students are given opportunities to perform at local and national levels and are provided extended studio time in preparation for the rigors of a university-level music education.
For more information on live dance, theatrical, and musical performances, visit the Performance Opportunities page.