Dance education in Texas schools provides all students with the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of dance as an art form.  Students learn and refine dance skills and techniques in class and in performance, study the historical and cultural significance of dance and its evolution as an art form, and evaluate personal work and the work of others.  (Dance Curriculum Framework, Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts)


MS Dance 1: Year long course for PE credit that offers a broad overview.  The curriculum focuses on the Elements of Dance, Ballet, World, and Jazz dance.  Students will learn basic skills and techniques to begin their dance education as well as dance history, vocabulary, and theory.  No performance is required, however, there are performance opportunities for those interested.

MS Dance 2:  Year long course for PE credit, open to 7th/8th graders who have completed MS Dance 1 or dance majors of any grade level.  The curriculum will focus on Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary/Modern with a required Fall and Spring performance.

MS Dance 3:  Year long course for PE credit – instructor approval/audition required for 7th/8th graders or dance majors of any grade level.  The curriculum will include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Modern, and Choreography/Dance Production with a required Fall and Spring performance.

Ballet:  Year long course for Fine Art credit, open to 7th/8th graders who have completed MS Dance 1 or dance majors of any grade level.  The curriculum will focus on Classical Ballet technique, vocabulary, and history with a required Fall and Spring performance.

Dance Company:  Year long course for PE credit with an emphasis on performance qualities – audition required for 7th/8th grade only.  The curriculum will include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Modern, and Choreography/Dance Production with various performances throughout the school year in addition to the required Fall and Spring Concert.