Lisa Hicks








The arts academy dance program is a modern dance based program for high school students interested in pursuing a professional experience in the performing arts. Students take daily technique classes in modern dance and ballet technique as well as hip-hop, choreography, dance composition, and improvisation. Students are exposed to a wide range of professional guest artists and other styles of dance throughout the school year in the form of one day workshops or special projects including jazz dance, musical theater, West African dance and drumming, sculpture and dance, theater, yoga, capoiera, salsa. Since the arts academy dance program is a performance based program, students perform several times throughout the school year in our black box theater space at PATHS and at other venues and events in the community such as the PATHS annual fashion show. Students attend concerts and workshops with professional touring dance companies each year in Portland and Boston through partnerships with Portland Ovations and MELMAC. This program is the only comprehensive dance program for high school students in the state and is aligned with National Common Core Standards for Dance, National Standards for Dance Education, and the Kennedy Center Standards for Dance Education. Community partnerships and advisory board members include David Reese and Falmouth Physical Therapy, Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance, USM Dance Faculty, Portland Ovations. Interested students must schedule an initial first visit through their guidance department. After the initial visit, prospective students must return to participate in an audition - class, which is scheduled in the early spring.  Students of all levels are encouraged to visit and apply to the dance program. Successful candidates are serious, mature individuals who are interested in a collaborative, rigorous experience. Curriculum:

Modern Dance & Ballet Technique Hip Hop Technique Choreography Introduction to Pilates/Core  (Strengthening & Conditioning for Dancers) Making Dances & Introduction to Dance Composition West African Dance Workshop Special Projects & Workshops With a Variety of Guest Artists in a Variety of Dance Styles & Interdisciplinary Art Forms Introduction to Dance History/Dance & Culture/Writing About Dance.

Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Fine Arts Career Opportunities:




Instructor & Artist

Dance Movement Therapy Requirements:

Positive Attendance History