Theater & Dance
The arts serve as the primary signature of a culture, carrying our individual and collective images and ideas from one generation to another. The arts are a distinctive way of understanding and give purpose to learning; they provide tools for interpreting life's experiences and develop a child's identity and sense of self-worth. The integrity of the Dance curriculum depends on developing a student’s ability to communicate in a way that is different from the written or spoken word, or even from other visual or auditory symbol systems. Dance develops a heightened awareness of self, others and the world in which one lives providing a joyful experience involving the intellect, the emotions and the body. Dance is a celebration of life, tradition, socialization, therapy, ethnic expression and communication.
Dance is movement, visually organized in space and time. The way a dance shapes movement defines the critical attributes of its style, genre, and place in the history of dance. A dancer’s skills and techniques are often based on tradition and passed down from one generation to the next. Nonetheless, dance is in a constant state of self-definition. Dancers, choreographers, and all those involved in studying and performing dance take part in defining and reinterpreting the art form.
Dance education in Randolph School District provides students with the opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge of dance as an art form. Students learn basic dance skills and techniques in class, study the historical and cultural significance of dance and its evolution as an art form. The K-12 curriculum for this area was approved by the Board of Education on January 23, 2008.
The RHS Dance Grades 9-12 and RMS Media Arts Curriculum was approved by Board of Education on August 20, 2008.
If you have any questions regarding curriculum, please contact the Supervisor of Visual/Performing Arts and Music, Mr. Frank Perrone, at (973) 361-2400 extension 6515.