Villa Maria’s growing dance program includes a variety of courses and opportunities for both experienced and novice dancers.
The Dance Company is an auditioned ensemble of dedicated dancers who will benefit from multiple performance and competition opportunities both on and off campus. The company performs regionally in dance festivals and competitions, as well as in-house at Villa Maria Academy High School events. Dance Company Application.
Students may take dance classes for credit to count towards Physical Education or Fine Arts requirements or electives.
This quarter-long course is an introduction to dance. It focuses on understanding one’s body and how it works, and includes basic concepts in multiple styles of dance like ballet, modern, and Jazz. No previous dance training required.
Dance for Conditioning
This quarter-long course focuses on enhancing athletic performance through basic dance training and conditioning to improve flexibility, endurance, agility and balance in the physically active student. Focus on proper alignment and increasing core strength will aid in injury prevention and balancing muscle groups.
The Dance Company is an auditioned group of freshman, sophomores, junior and senior students. This full-block course consists of classes and rehearsals that prepare dancers for performances throughout the year.
Ms. Rachel Neitzke is Director of the VMA Dance Company and Head of the Dance Department.
Ms. Rachel has been fortunate enough to train, perform and teach throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts and gained much of her pre-professional experience through Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. She is currently on staff at The School of Philadelphia Ballet, Academy of International Ballet and is the Artistic Director of The Collective Dance Project.
Freshman Dance Scholarship
One incoming freshman student will be the recipient of the $600 Dance Scholarship, which covers course fees and costumes. To apply for the Dance Scholarship, students must complete the application, as well as plan to attend the in-person audition.
Not interested in the Dance Scholarship? Prospective freshman applicants can choose to just apply for the Dance Company.