A Celebration of Student Expression

A Celebration of Student Expression photo

Northport Highs School’s dance program held its sixth annual International Baccalaureate (IB) Dance Showcase on March 26.

The evening featured performances by students in IB Dance classes, Advanced Dance Classes, members of the Tigerette Dance team and Northport and East Northport Middle School Kicklines. In addition, students from the high school’s Dance Intramurals also participated. Earlier in the year, these students taught 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from Pulaski Road Elementary School and Ocean Avenue Elementary School dances that were based on their classroom curriculum.

Participating students ranged from first-time performers to those aspiring to dance at the collegiate level. All of the pieces presented were completely student conceived, choreographed, and directed. Throughout the evening, the celebration of student expression was the unifying factor.

The student-choreographed pieces were tackled within the IB Dance, Advanced Dance or Tigerettes Dance classes. The pieces explored themes like depression, anxiety and celebration of culture. Additionally, different forms of movement were explored through each piece.

Leading up to the performance, students explored different improvisational exercises and discovered inspiration to generate movement, applying choreographic devices, structure and forms to create their dances. Students involved in Dance Intramurals used the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade curriculum to generate movements for their dances.

The dance classes at Northport High School are a place where students create, participate in and reflect upon dance forms and styles from a range of cultures and traditions, both familiar and unfamiliar. Classes provide a way for students to express themselves in a safe and healthy environment and the IB Dance Showcase is a venue for student choreographers to share their works with the community.