View Carver Center dancers in action at the BCPS Magnet Expo

The Dance program emphasizes rigorous training in ballet and modern techniques. Students develop skills through experiences in aesthetic education, dance composition, Labanotation, repertory, choreography, creative expression, production, performance, criticism, and connections between dance and healthy living.

The Dance program enriches the lives of the young performing artists in the field of dance by providing a supportive learning environment that allows students to capitalize on their talent and passion for dance as an art form.  Rigorous daily training in both ballet and modern technique allows students to further develop their physical capabilities.  Through the study of a variety of dance concepts which are integrated into the ballet technique, modern dance and dance analysis and composition courses - students are able to develop a deeper body of knowledge of dance and all its various components. These components include aspects of dancer wellness, classroom and performance etiquette, dimensions of the dance profession, dance history, creative composition and critical analysis. Masterclasses with guest artists from professional companies, internationally renowned choreographers, as well as faculty from colleges and universities are provided to all prime students. 

Performance skills and artistry are further developed through required participation in dance prime performances and productions of student choreography.  Dance prime students also have the opportunity to audition for the Inertia Dance Company

Carver Center dance prime students have been the recipients of numerous scholarships and admission to prestigious colleges, universities and conservatory programs.  Several alumni have gone on to careers in the field of dance including performing with Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey II, Philadanco, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor II,Ballet Florida, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Tokyo Disney, Trey McIntyre Project, and Nashville Ballet.  Other dance prime graduates have successful careers as dance educators and studio owners, company directors, freelance choreographers, physical therapists, and dance scientists.