The Williston Northampton Dance Program works to create and sustain a community of dancers and artists who are not only committed to the expression of the self through movement, but who are unified by their shared experiences. Whether students go on to pursue dance at the college level, participate in dance recreationally, or just appreciate the artistry of the body in space, those students who study dance at Williston develop connections with their community and within themselves that are carried with them throughout their lives.
The dance program at Williston offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for students interested in dance. There are technique classes for students of all levels of ability and experience. Training in choreography and performance are available for students who wish to participate in the full-evening dance concerts that are performed in the fall and spring seasons.
The program has three components:
1. Classes such as dance technique, choreography, and the body in motion for academic credit.
2. Winter dance is an afternoon program for beginning through advanced level dancers. This is place where students can work on building or refining their technical movement skills in ballet, jazz, modern and yoga classes. Teachers place special focus on proper postural alignment, dance terminology, musicality, rhythm, expression, strength building, and flexibility.
3. The Williston Northampton Dance Ensemble takes place in the afternoon of the fall and spring trimesters and is by audition. Dance Ensemble members rehearse in the afternoons and/or evenings. These dancers work on pieces by faculty members, visiting artists, and peers, and may audition to choreograph and perform their own work in the fall or spring dance performances.