Dance is a form of communication which heightens awareness of, and develops respect for, the body and increases the quality of a person’s physical wellbeing.
Dance education fosters the development of special interests and talents not emphasised in other educational areas and transferable social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills.
It provides opportunities for students to critically examine their experiences and understandings of dance both theoretically and practically. Creative and problem-solving abilities are fostered through analysis, synthesis, evaluation and communication of ideas, images and feelings. Students build self-confidence and the necessary social skills to work effectively, individually and in teams. Students have the opportunity to explore a range of technologies and their impact on the creation, performance and analysis of dance.
Dance Groups are regularly invited to perform at College events and liturgies, often collaborating or incorporating student work from the Music and Art departments to create uniquely expressive artworks.
The Co-curricular Dance program is co-ordinated by the Mt St Michaels Dance teachers with choreography and assistance by dance teachers, past students, and the current Dance Captains.
For more information please contact MSMDanceCocurricular@msm.qld.edu.au
Dance Club is a Co-Curricular activity open to students of all year levels and abilities.
It is conducted by Past Pupils’ of the College as well as the elected Dance Captains from Year 12. No prior dance training is required.
The main objective of this activity is to be active, have fun and gain dance experience. Students will learn a variety of different dance styles and may also have the opportunity to perform at Arts Festival.
Rehearsals are held once a week in the morning at 7.30 am.
Middle School and Senior School Dance Ensemble is a dance Co-Curricular activity which is essentially a performance-based dance ensemble.
The Middle School and Senior School groups comprise of 16-20 members and are open to students from all year levels.
Girls must audition to gain a position in Dance Ensemble and auditions are held at the end of the year for current students and at the start of the year for new students. The standard is an advanced level and therefore experience in various dance styles is strongly recommended.
Dance Ensemble members are encouraged to work as an ensemble, developing their skills in teamwork as well as dance technical and expressive skills.
Dance Ensemble is involved in many performing opportunities throughout the year and in past years the group has performed in Eisteddfods and at College events including Dance Showcase, Arts Festival and Year 12 Dance Showcase.
Rehearsals are conducted once a week in the morning at 7.15 am. Additional technique classes are held for Middle School Dance Ensemble students once a week in the morning at 7.30 am.
Liturgy Dancers is a dance Co-Curricular group which performs contemporary and ballet styles of dance for the four MSM end of term liturgies.
The group is led by Past Pupils and works as a collective, choreographing and performing together.
At times, Liturgy Dancers will perform at larger liturgies in Brisbane. The group is open to students from all year levels and auditions are held at the end of the year for current students and the start of the year for new students.
Rehearsals are conducted once a week in the morning at 7.15 am.