A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Drama & Dance

Through drama and dance, students become confident, mature, poised, thoughtful, collaborative, and creative individuals.

The Drama and Dance Department is critical to realizing the School’s mission of achieving maximum potential through creative endeavors. The program provides students with the tools to see and appreciate multiple perspectives. Drama and dance students at RCDS take creative journeys in an environment that values process, collaboration, vision, and expression. They take risks, revel in triumphs and uncertainty, make mistakes, perform with passion, and learn just how much they can achieve when they challenge themselves. The ultimate goal of RCDS drama and dance courses and productions is to provide a set of skills and experiences that support students in becoming confident, mature, poised, thoughtful, collaborative, and creative individuals.
 

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Drama and dance department chair

Jay Gerlach

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Drama & Dance In the Curriculum

In the Middle School

In Grades 5 and 6, all students take a variety of non-academic “specials” courses, including drama. In Grades 7 and 8, students choose from various trimester elective offerings, such as Integrated Performing Arts, Play Production, Introduction to Improv, and Dance Lab. Major performances include the Middle School Musical and the Spring Dance Concert.

In the Upper School

Students complete a minimum of 1.5 credits within the Visual Art, Drama, Dance, and/or Music curriculum. The Drama and Dance Department offers: Public Speaking, Acting for Stage & Film, Introduction to Improv, Play Production, Costume Design, Digital Drama, Intermediate Dance, Advanced Dance, and Advanced Topics in Theatre/Dance. Students also work on independent study projects that advance their ability and interests. Students apply the skills they acquire in the courses through performance and technical work on the major theatrical productions staged during the academic year. A typical performance season includes five main stage productions: Fall Play, Winter Musical, Spring Fringe Festival, and Spring Dance Concert.