View Carver Center dancers in action at the BCPS Magnet Expo

The Dance program emphasizes rigorous training in balletand modern techniques. Studentsdevelop skills through experiences inaesthetic education, dance composition,Labanotation, repertory, choreography,creative expression, production,performance, criticism, and connectionsbetween dance and healthy living.

The Dance program enriches the lives of the young performing artists in thefield of dance by providing a supportive learning environment thatallows students to capitalize on their talent and passion for dance asan art form.  Rigorous daily training in both ballet and moderntechnique allows students to further develop their physicalcapabilities.  Through the study of a variety of dance concepts whichare integrated into the ballet technique, modern dance and danceanalysis and composition courses - students are able to develop a deeperbody of knowledge of dance and all its various components. Thesecomponents include aspects of dancer wellness, classroom and performanceetiquette, dimensions of the dance profession, dance history, creativecomposition and critical analysis. Masterclasses with guest artists from professional companies, internationallyrenowned choreographers, as well as faculty from colleges anduniversities are provided to all prime students. 

Performanceskills and artistry are further developed through requiredparticipation in dance prime performances and productions of studentchoreography.  Dance prime students also have the opportunity toaudition for the Inertia Dance Company

Carver Center dance prime students have been the recipients of numerousscholarships and admission to prestigious colleges, universities andconservatory programs.  Several alumni have gone on to careers in thefield of dance including performing with Royal Danish Ballet, AlvinAiley II, Philadanco, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor II,Ballet Florida, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Tokyo Disney, Trey McIntyreProject, and Nashville Ballet.  Other dance prime graduates havesuccessful careers as dance educators and studio owners, companydirectors, freelance choreographers, physical therapists, and dancescientists.