Dance for Musical Theatre

The world of musical theatre incorporates many styles of dance from jazz to hip hop and even ballet.  In WYART dance classes, students will explore a variety of these styles, while also working to improve their dance technique.  Students will perform in the Spotlight Showcase at the end of the session. Each class has multiple sections which will focus on different styles of dance used in musical theatre and are offered in the Spring & Fall terms.

(All ages listed for levels are approximate, as class placement will be based on skill level at the beginning of the session.)

  • DMT Level 1 (ages 8-11) This is taught in sections with a different focus each term.
  • DMT Level 2  (ages 10-14) This is taught in sections with a different focus each term.
  • DMT Level 3 (ages 13-18) This is taught in sections with a different focus each term.
Sections for All Levels of Musical Theatre Dance:
  •     Section 1: All That Jazz:
    • This section focuses on jazz dance technique that forms the basis for musical theatre dance. Choreography learned in class will be from classic to contemporary musicals ranging from “On the Town” to “A Chorus Line” to “Newsies.”
  •     Section 2: Telling a Story With Dance: 
    • Look at Choreography from: Agnes DeMille (“Oklahoma”), Bob Fosse (“Chicago,” “Cabaret”), Jerome Robbins (“West Side Story”), and Andy Blankehbuehler (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) 
  •   Section 3: Dancing Through Time: 
    • Dancing Through Time will take students through styles of social and folk dances that came to be used in musical theatre.  These could include, but are not limited to the Charleston (roaring 20s), swing dance, waltzing, and disco.
  •   Section 4: Broadway NOW: 
    • Popular dance styles such as hip hop, contemporary, and rock are now being used in many new and exciting musicals.  In this section, students will explore those styles and learn where they come from and why they are important.  The choreography style from musicals such as “Hamilton,” “Bring It On the Musical,” “Waitress,” and “American Idiot” will be taught.