Olivia Paige '15
Housed in the large, high-ceilinged Pailey Dance Studio, Taft's dance program offers a strong foundation in technique, exposure to a wide variety of dance forms and opportunities to perform as well as choreograph.
The Taft dance program offers dance at three levels, providing beginner students the opportunity to learn about and experience various genres of dance, and intermediate and advanced dancers the chance to continue their love for the art form and hone their technique in ballet, modern and composition. Performance opportunities exist for all levels in the dance program each semester.
In addition to classes, experienced and novice dancers alike can continue structured technical and performance training at the appropriate level in the Taft Dance Ensemble. Fully produced concerts are held annually in Bingham Auditorium and include faculty and student works as well as pieces by celebrated guest choreographers, spanning the genres of ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural.
Further opportunities to learn include residencies with professional dance companies, master classes and trips to performances in Hartford, New Haven and New York.
Spring 2016 Dance Showcase
Dance Ensemble Winter 2016 Concert
Fall 2015 Dance Showcase
Intergenerational Class with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company
The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company was in residence at Taft in November 2015. As part of their residency, members of the dance company offered an intergenerational class open to the entire Taft community. Faculty, students, and faculty children participated in the intergenerational class. (Learn more about the residency and view additional photos and video.)
Spring 2015 Dance
Dance Ensemble Winter 2015