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The SAAS dance program fosters active participation in multiple dance styles. A rich exposure to contemporary, hip hop, ballet, and jazz strengthens students’ creativity, cooperation, and individuality, and also allows them to take ownership of their educational and artistic growth. Through dance, students gain invaluable performance, leadership, and critical and aesthetic thinking skills they can apply in any situation. 

All Middle and Upper School students have dance as part of their arts curriculum and as a graduation requirement.

Middle School

There are two levels of participation in the Middle School. All Middle School students take a beginning dance class as part of their general arts curriculum in 6th and 7th grades. These classes meet during a regular class block during the school day, have no outside commitment, and perform for the whole school at our End-of-Trimester Performances. Middle School dancers with a high interest in developing more technique and performance and/or experienced dancers can audition and be part of the Middle School company, SAAS Dance Project, which meets two days a week after school for the entire school year. The SAAS Dance Project performs several times per year.

Upper School

There are four levels of participation in the Upper School. All students take a beginning dance class as part of the general arts curriculum and perform at the End-of-Trimester showcase. Highly interested and/or experienced dancers can audition for the Dance Program levels: Beginning, Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced, and Advanced Dance. These classes include a progression of skill development, dance analysis, and choreographic opportunities with professional guest artists from around Seattle. Beginning level classes all perform at End-of-Trimester Performances; Intermediate has a Showcase performance; and Advanced -Intermediate and Advanced Dance perform multiple times throughout the year, both for school events and at festivals and competitions.


Elena Kosh '17 started in the dance program in the 6th grade and continued dancing through her senior year. As a member of Advanced Dance, she performed in multiple shows, festivals, and competitions, and choreographed a piece for the Spring Dance Concert her senior year. Known for her keen eye for composition and artistic curiosity, Elena is now dancing at Barnard College and loving it! 

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Demanding Technical Training

The SAAS dance program includes demanding technical training, choreographic and creative opportunities, and regular performance experiences. 

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Classes provide the framework within which students embark on and reinforce the artistic discipline habits of dance.

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Artistic Expression

Rehearsals lay the groundwork for students to experience artistic expression and the personal and group investment vital to create a successful piece. 

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Creating and learning choreography allows students the opportunity to practice authenticity and responsibility. Each dancer in the ensemble is vital to the success of the entire group.

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Performance Opportunities

Performance provides endless opportunities for students to learn to respond quickly and make adjustments in the moment, an invaluable skill throughout life.

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