Unique to our program, dance students of ALL levels have Artist-in-Residence experiences where they participate in classes taught by professional dancers and choreographers from the Chicago area. Professional full-length dance concerts are performed in our auditorium for our dance students and community members. These experiences include the Giordano Dance Chicago Residency week in the fall semester and Multicultural Dance week in the spring semester.
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE
No prior dance experience is necessary! All levels of experience are welcome! Designed for students who want the opportunity to experience a wide variety of genres such as ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and cultural dance!
DANCE I & MOVEMENT STUDIES
Juniors and Seniors, Co-ed
No prior dance experience is necessary! All levels of experience are welcome! Introduces students to elements of choreography, performance, basic anatomy, dance history and analysis Emphasizes increased flexibility, concentration, coordination and musicality through the study of ballet, modern, jazz and other dance forms (such as contemporary, hip hop, cultural dance, and more!)
DANCE II & MOVEMENT STUDIES
General Juniors and Seniors, Co-ed
For students who have completed Dance I, or have placement consent of instructor Students are guided and challenged to develop greater proficiency regarding elements of choreography, performance, basic anatomy, movement studies, dance history and analysis. Emphasizes increased flexibility, concentration, coordination and musicality through the study of ballet, modern, jazz and other dance forms (such as contemporary, hip hop, cultural dance, and more!)
DANCE III & MOVEMENT STUDIES
Placement by audition or consent of instructor, Co-ed
Highly challenging culmination of all facets of the art form Students are guided and challenged to develop greater proficiency regarding elements of choreography, performance, composition, basic anatomy, movement studies, dance history and analysis at an accelerated pace. Emphasizes increased flexibility, concentration, coordination and musicality through the study of several dance genres A variety of performance and creative assessments are required.
Dance Educator & Orchesis Artistic Director
Orchesis Assistant Director
What is Orchesis?
Orchesis is an audition-based performing arts dance company that focuses on dance technique, performance, and student production. With guided instruction, and numerous performances throughout the year, Orchesis members develop in all facets of the art form. Students are advised and challenged to develop in many elements of dance including technique, choreography, performance, composition, anatomy, movement studies, and dance history.
Who can audition for Orchesis?
No prior dance training is required, but a passion for dance and an appreciation for the art form are desired. The Orchesis directors are looking for dancers who are technically strong in all genres of dance, which emphasizes the importance of being a well-rounded dancer. AUDITION APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SPRING OF EACH YEAR.
What is the commitment and expectation for an Orchesis dancer?
- Being an Orchesis dancer is a year-round/two-semester commitment. Orchesis dancers rehearse on Mondays from 3:30-6:00 and Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00. Company members are enrolled in a daily dance class at BHS from freshman through senior year, which fulfills their PE requirement. Being on an IHSA Sports Team through BHS will interfere with being an Orchesis dancer.
- All Orchesis dancers MUST accept the responsibility of maintaining their grades at a good academic standing for eligibility in all of their high school classes at a passing level throughout the entire school year. In addition they must represent themselves, Orchesis, BHS, and the community in a positive, healthy, and inclusive manner.
- All Orchesis dancers are expected to showcase their full commitment and dedication and demonstrate leadership and respectfulness in dance classes and rehearsals at all times.