First Day of School

You do not need to dress out for dance on the first day of school! We will be spending time getting to know you and…you getting to know the Dance Department. The faculty will inform you of the day you will start to dress out and what to wear.

Syllabuses and Policies

Dance is the art of time and space. Students must “spend the time in the space”. Regular, daily participation is a necessary component for success in this program. With that in mind, please review your syllabus for the Beginning Class (grades 6 and 7), Intermediate Grade 8 and Intermediate Grade 9 , and Advanced Class (grades 10, 11, & 12). It is also important to be on time, know the Dance Bell Schedule .

In addition to the preceding information, please review the Middle School Grading Policy (grades 6, 7, & 8) and High School Grading Policy (grades 9, 10, 11, & 12), as well as the Dress Code for class and Make-up & Hair Requirements for performances.

As a reward for excelling beyond getting an "A" in class, we offer the Lettering/Certificating process. We offer points toward Lettering for high school students and toward a Certificate of Achievement for middle school students.


Homework Sheets are generally due every Monday, complete (please review Homework Requirements ) with parent signature. Please refer to this semester’s Due Dates for specific exceptions and for a list of additional assignments.


During the months of January and February, current dance students will be re-auditioned and re-evaluated. We use this process as a means of assessing the student and creating a dialogue about goals both present and future. The re-audition/re-evaluation is compromised of: a Portfolio, an Audition Class in a variety of techniques, and an Interview/Discussion based on student individual needs and departmental expectations. Portfolio Requirements includes details and due dates for this year's process.

After-school Dance Club

The After School Dance Club (ASDC) is an extracurricular activity at DSA, sponsored by the Department of Dance and Movement. It was designed to provide dance majors who are not enrolled in private studios the opportunity to further their dance technique and develop stronger technical abilities as dancers. Since it is imperative that dance majors fulfill the weekly requirement, the After School Dance Club offers a schedule of classes to fulfill those requirements.

Our classes are open to all DSA students wishing to participate. Classes begin Tuesday, September 5, for 2017-2018 School Year. Classes are held in the dance studios (main floor and lower level movement studio). These classes can be purchased through Ms. Karczewski (Ms. K) in the Dance Department or in her office (E002B, lower level, in movement studio) prior to a student’s participation.

The cost for each class is $5.00. Classes can be paid by single class or in bulk. Drop-ins are welcome but must be paid at class time. Please fill out registration with payment. Cash or check, payable to DSA.

At present we are offering classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern. Professional guest teachers will be teaching classes. The registration form and schedule, on the second page, gives class type, level and times.

For more information contact Ms. K, 720-424-1837.

Important Dates

Fall Picnic
August 20, 2017

Artist Residency Concert
October 20-21, 2017

Fall Concert
November 16-18, 2017

Senior Projects Concert
February 14-17, 2018

National High School Dance Festival
Pittsburgh, PA February 28-March 4, 2018

Spring Concert
April 26-28, 2018

Spring Banquet
TBD, early May, 2018

Junior Projects Concert
May 16-17, 2018

Schedule is subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep this page current, rehearsal information as well as call times will be posted as they are available.

ALL Rehearsals/Performances are MANDATORY. School-day attendance is required (please refer to student handbook regarding half-day attendance expectation. Students MUST make arrangements to be available for ALL DATES and TIMES.

Technical Rehearsals have a fluid schedule, students may be excused early. Students are out of academic classes only if/when they are needed. All dancers may or may not be needed every day or for the full rehearsal each day. Because rehearsals often involve multiple art departments and many technical needs, students will be notified of expectations on an as-needed basis. Please be prepared to be attend all rehearsals accordingly!