When kids dance during the school day it helps their thinking, confidence and creativity.
—Alana Hill MS/US Dance teacher aside from physical. “It’s great for kinesthetic learners,” Hill explains. “When kids dance during the school day it helps their thinking, confidence and creativity.” Athleticism and artistry together foster skill mastery, collaboration, critical problem-solving and responsibility. “Dance supports different learning styles,” Hill continues. “Even if a student doesn’t continue dancing after Bullis, they gain something valuable within themselves.”
creating, saying, “It’s surprising to discover what shapes we can make with our bodies.” New to Bullis, Briana Cheng ’17 says “I feel so comfortable here. You can be who you really are. Dance is already like my second home at school.” “Alana Hill has greatly expanded our dance program,” says Performing Arts Chair Cheryl Terwilliger, “evolving it into a visible, strong component of our Arts department.”
Students at all levels learn basics and more, choreographing pieces and researching topics like homelessness to express them in dance. “Understanding the bigger picture lends vulnerability to performance,” says Hill. “They connect honestly from their hearts.” Ensemble and signature classes encounter college-level challenges as students create portfolios and are encouraged to refine skills beyond Bullis. “Our students are truly being prepared to do more.” The students agree. “Dance lets me de-stress in the middle of the day and spend time with friends who have a common interest,” says Alexandria Ligon ’16. “I love the freedom of dancing and working with others,” says Katelyn Foreman ’19; Naya Hutchinson ’17 loves to dance and enjoys the thinking and
Dance students perform during the Jazz and Dance Show in November. Above, dance teacher Alana Hill thanks the audience following the show.
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