Upper School Dance Program
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The Hathaway Brown School Dance Program boasts a rich legacy of modern dance dating back to the mid thirties when PE teacher Jessica Nixon first brought dance to the school. Since that time, it has grown into a pre-K through 12 modern dance program with an emphasis on Laban concepts, Bartenieff fundamentals and Bill Evans technique. Upper school class offerings include Contemporary Dance (open to all), Making Dances, The Art of Choreography (open to 10th grade and up), Contemporary Dance Ensemble Honors (invitation only) in addition to after school offerings in Ballet and Contemporary. Through their affiliations with local Universities (Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron, The Ohio State University, Ohio State University, and Lake Erie College) and professional dance organizations such as Dancecleveland and Ohiodance, dance students are able to augment their training through master classes and residencies with professional artists on the local and international level. Since 2007, Hathaway Brown School has hosted The Young Choreographers Brown Bag Series, a series of four all-day workshops designed to bring young dancers and professional choreographers together for a day of making dance. Each spring, upper school dance students present a formal dance concert that showcases their choreography as well as the choreography of professional guest artists. Dance students have studied and performed in international venues as well, most notably being Amsterdam in 2004, India in 2007 and Barcelona in 2011. Upper school students also attend The Ohiodance Festival each spring. Past performing highlights include performing with David Dorfman at The Ohio Theater in 1998, Resolve at The Ohiodance Festival in 2003, David Parsons The Envelope at the American School of the Hague in Amsterdam in 2004, The Waltz of the Coffee Clutch at The Ohiodance festival in 2005, Lily Skove’s Fractal at The Ohiodance Festival in 2010, Jennifer Keller’s Outside In at The Ohiodance Festival in 2011, and student works Runes and Dusk till Dawn at La Caldera in Barcelona in 2011.