The Covington Fine Arts Academy Dance Department and Covington Dance Company is under the direction of Bethany Weber
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)
6th GRADE DANCE
Semester Long Course (currently) – Students will focus on exploring movement and building basic dance skills/techniques to begin their dance education. The curriculum will include: Elements of Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, and Choreographic Processes with a required Fall and/or Spring performance. This course is great prep for those interested in auditioning for Covington Dance Company in the spring. Dance is offered as a Physical Education credit in middle school, so we will also emphasize overall health and fitness for each child.
7th/8th GRADE DANCE
Semester Long Course (currently) – Students will learn and develop kinesthetic awareness, proper body alignment, physical strength, flexibility, endurance, and care of the body while exploring expressive movement through dance technique. The curriculum will include: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, and Choreographic Processes with a required Fall and Spring performance. Dance is offered as a Physical Education credit in middle school, so we will also emphasize overall health and fitness for each child.
Yearlong Course – The purpose of the company is to provide dancers with the following: performance opportunities throughout the year (in addition to the Fall and Spring Show), dance training, build technique skills, and dance artistry. Auditions are held in the spring each year and open to students who will be entering 7th or 8th grade for the following school year. The curriculum will include: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pom, Musical Theatre, and additional choreography/dance production elements throughout the year.