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.
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.
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.
Milan Fillipi '21 danced in the Seattle Academy dance program from 8th through 12th grade. Milan is currently attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a Dance and Economics major. He has performed in work choreographed by Laurie Sefton, and with Radix Dance Crew who opened for Aminé at Fallapalooza Music Festival. One of his highlight performances was at the 2022 Pepsi SuperBowl LVI Halftime Show.
Jamara Putney '21 began dancing in the SAAS Dance Program in 6th grade in the Middle School Dance Project. She danced through high school and eventually joined the Advanced Dance Team. Her first ever film was created at SAAS and she is now applying those skills in college and beyond. She is currently a Psychology major and Film minor at Howard University in Washington DC.
Evelyn Williamson '21 started dancing at Seattle Academy in 6th grade in the Middle School Dance Project. She continued in the Dance Program throughout middle school and high school and served as the Advanced Dance Captain in her Senior year at SAAS. Evelyn attends Oberlin College in Ohio where she studies Psychology and Sociology. She is currently serving as Director of Oberlin’s Hip Hop dance club, CHOREO.
Anna Kendall '21 was a dancer in the Seattle Academy dance program from 8th grade through 12th grade and began her dance experience in the Middle School Dance Project at SAAS. She is currently attending Tufts University in Massachusetts where she is studying bio-psychology and chemistry. She also dances in Tufts' hip-hop choreography team, Spirit of the Creative.
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!