Lawrenceville offers an impressive roster of ballet, modern, and jazz dance classes for students of all experience levels and is home to a host of student-led dance companies. Performance opportunities abound throughout the year and Lawrenceville is in the planning stages of a new state-of-the-art dance annex and performance space.
There are many opportunities for a dancer to participate on whatever level they feel most comfortable, from beginner to advanced. Students take three or four dance classes a week (depending on their interests and level), which fulfill the School’s student athletic requirement. The “Special Workout” class, for example, challenges our more elite dancers, offering them an opportunity to work closely with their instructor to explore the art of choreography, music, and movement. Classes are held in Lawrenceville’s three studios (two with marly sprung floors and one with a large wooden floor for modern and jazz).
En Corps is our student dance club and home to our four dance companies: the Lawrenceville Dance Team (the elite, competitive company), Tour de Force (the spirit company), Lkr3w (the breakin’/hip hop company), and Nachelle (the tradition/Bollywood company). Each of these companies was Lawrentian-founded and we encourage and support the efforts of students who wish to create others that match their dance interests.
Lawrenceville dancers perform throughout the year, everywhere from the School’s fall musical, to the winter sports Red & White Spirit Night, to the Starbound National Dance Competition (which Lawrenceville won High Gold, in their category, seven years in a row). The dance year culminates with Lawrenceville’s annual Spring Dance Concert, an inspiring chance for our young choreographers to produce their works and have them showcased.
Lawrentians can also learn and dance overseas! Through the School’s International Trips Program, dancers are introduced to a variety styles of dance styles from around the world. This is an incredible opportunity that affords dancers the possibility to travel abroad (during our spring break), where dancers are immersed into the rich cultural dance history and bring back what they have experienced and perform in our Spring Dance Concert. Past trips have included Africa (Ghana), Turkey, Peru, Thailand, and Cambodia.
There are myriad of ways for dancers to express, experience, and enjoy their dance desires. Dance at Lawrenceville is on the move and we want you to get in step with us.
Chair of Performing Arts
Director of Dance