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OSA's Dance Department is a serious Dance Training program--it is not a dance enrichment program.
OSA's Dance Department has a proud reputation of excellence, built upon caring yet highly demanding expectations for student effort that is held closely by its student, alumni, and the professional artists who make up its faculty.

Dance students are trained in Ballet, Contemporary, and Body Conditioning techniques with an emphasis on understanding and embodying the roles technical expertise, flexibility, strength, and artistic expression play in building the professional dancer, and preventing/minimizing the risk injury.

The opportunity to receive training and maintain access to training at OSA's Dance Department is determined by professionals assessing each student's arts and academic progress, commitment, and behavior. Showing their best efforts in each of these areas every day will serve to expand the student's abilities and open doors. We believe that training in the OSA Dance Department is a privilege. Expectations on conduct, civility, honesty, respect, and cooperation are of the highest standard. Strict adherence to protocol is mandatory.
OSA Dance students are expected to:
  • Develop a professional attitude, commitment, and self-discipline toward their art, their academics, and their lives;
  • Practice and embrace the daily habits and behavior of proper Dance Etiquette and citizenship in Dance, throughout OSA campus, and in the community;
  • Develop an understanding that only through honest assessment and feedback (both from the students themselves and their instructors) can genuine improvement occur and, consequently, display the ability, willingness, and open-mindedness to accept and seek challenges and honest feedback;
  • Pursue the mind-set, integrity, character, work ethic, grit, perseverance, and high expectations of a self-disciplined and powerful performer, who is continuously self-assessing and continuously seeking self-improvement in their flexibility, strength, technique, musicality, movement quality, and artistry.

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The discipline of ballet at OSA begins by covering the basic fundamentals upon which ballet technique is built. Classes focus on the following essential concepts: alignment (posture), weight placement, transfer of weight, anatomically correct turn-out, coordination, flexibility and the proper use of muscles for correct development of muscular shape using resistance and opposition. Emphasis is placed on the movement value of the steps, developing muscular strength and stamina (breath control) and musicality involving different rhythms, accents and phrasing. Students learn basic fundamentals and gain an understanding of how ballet works in the contemporary world of dance.

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Expanding on the basic fundamentals, students develop strength through adagios, concentrating on jumps and presentation, with more challenging materials and greater demands. Classes will be geared toward developing a greater comprehension of ballet technique with a continued awareness of how it assists in developing the full potential of the contemporary dancer/performer. The emphasis will be increasingly placed upon virtuosity, performance quality, movement quality, and stage presence.

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Students will be introduced to concepts such as off axis movement, undulations, contractions, contract/release, and improvisation, through Horton and/or Dunham techniques. Classes are focused on establishing a strong technical foundation in contemporary dance. Basic movement coordination is established with emphasis on strength and alignment.  In addition, movement quality and spatial awareness are developed.

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This class concentrates on the further development of strength, alignment, stretch, flexibility, control, coordination, and breathing, with an increased focus on compositional and improvisational skills, aiming to produce modern dancers with the technical capacity to adapt to the wide variety of choreographic styles in the field today. Providing contemporary dance training (in Horton and/or Dunham techniques) with an emphasis on establishing a strong, traditional technical foundation while avoiding stylization in movement, classes consist of multi-level and spatial combinations intended toward developing a technically at ease dancer/performer.