The Dance Department at Father Lacombe is home to over 250 students a year. Many of our graduates go on to dance professionally with groups such as Universal Soul and illFX Education.
Dance students gain the necessary foundation of technical skills and knowledge of dance by exploring several dance genres such as: West African, Contemporary/Modern, Tap, Body Percussion, many forms of Hip Hop, Jazz and Jazz styles, and cultural dances.They learn the elements of improvisation, choreography, as well as practicing attributes in a performance setting.
This program encourages the development of the whole individual through self-exploration, risk taking, and reflection.Students will utilize their body as an instrument of communication to express their feelings and tell their story to an audience. Students will collaborate with others to develop creative and critical thinking skills.They will learn to appreciate and value dance in society.
The Dance program focuses on understanding and celebrating cultural diversity, creative expression, peace building, and leadership in the local and global community. All dance program courses culminate in a performance at the end of each semester where students have the opportunity to share their skill set with each other and with the school community.
“My experience with Dance 15 was amazing, I had no regrets and the show is something I will cherish for a while.” Justice Lagman,
“I take dance classes because I want to challenge myself and I also want to get better as a dancer. I aspire to become a very successful dancer and to me the best way to learn is to take classes.” Allen Garcia
“When I joined dance last year, I did not expect that I would be welcomed into the community so quickly. I thought that it would be filled with competition but every dance I did that year I was complimented by dancers who were more experienced than me; this act of kindness made me fall in love with this art, dance.” Keith Boniol
“Dance has taught me the importance of hard work and dedication, It pushed me beyond my limits and most importantly it taught me that being a part of a family isn’t limited to just my bloodline.” Emmaquel Cabrera
Dance 15 or 15 Honours (5 credits)
This course is an introduction to dance technique, different dance genres, improvisation, choreography and performance.
Dance 25 or 25IB (by audition only) (5 credits)
This course strongly focuses on refining dance technique, body/facial expressions during improvised and choreographed performances.
Dance 35 or 35IB (by audition only) (5 credits)
This course emphasizes creating an improvised and choreographed performance which expresses a feeling or tells a story to an audience. At this level, students are required to complete leadership/service hours to promote and teach dance appreciation in their community.
Technical Theater Studies 15/25/35 (3 credits each) - Outside the Schedule
This is a non-performance course, which gives the student a chance to explore the technical side of theatre.Students work outside the timetable on the drama department productions and eventually become the running crew.Students will experience in costume, makeup, sound, lights, set construction and Stage Management. Students must be very committed to Theatre Studies to be successful in this course.This course is outside the student timetable.