CTE - Dance


The Dance program is process-oriented and is designed to immerse students in the fundamentals of dance from beginner to advanced Technique. The program teaches dance techniques in Ballet and Modern dance as well as Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).

The course of study for majors also includes anatomy & injury prevention, dance history, choreography, and pedagogy skills. In addition, dancers are exposed to a variety of styles and techniques through visiting artists and residency programs with various professional dance companies. In and out of the classroom, formal and informal performances help students develop performance skills and the ability to give and take constructive criticism from their peers and Dance Artists from the community.

In Advanced Dance Technique, students focus on the audition process, concert/dance production, and choreography, culminating in a formal dance concert. All dancer majors are expected to perform or work backstage for this concert on an annual basis starting in their first year. The Dance department is designed to graduate students with the ability to successfully audition into a college dance program or move directly into the field of Dance Education, Performance, or Choreography.


Plan of Study

Year 1

Introduction to Dance Technique

Year 2

Intermediate Dance Technique

Year 3

Advanced Dance Technique A

Year 4

Advanced Dance Technique B

Additional Requirements:
Dance History
Dance Composition
Anatomy and Injury Prevention for the Moving Body

RI State Council on the Arts Credential – Dance
National Honor Society for Dance


Skills and Knowledge:
Problem Solving; Professionalism; Collaboration; Critical Thinking; Communication; Creativity; Flexibility; Initiative; Demonstrate their skill and talent through a portfolio of work; Exhibit creativity; Meet the minimum of Proficient Level in the National Core Arts; Standards for Dance; Be prepared for a highly competitive environment.

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Students must complete 80 hours in any of the following activities: Internship, Apprenticeship, Service-learning project, Industry Project, or School-based Enterprise.

Occupations within this Field:

  • Dancers Choreographers
  • Entertainers and performers Sports and related workers
  • Teaching Artist
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Public Education Dance Teacher
  • Studio owner Teachers
  • Producers and Directors