At JSRACS, Dance is not style specific, nor is previous dance experience necessary. Our Dance programme allows students from Kindy through to Year 12 the opportunity to create and choreograph dance pieces for performance.
Dance is celebrated at JSRACS through a variety of performance-based experiences catering for all ages and levels. The cocurricular program provides each student with the opportunity to progress in their technique, develop confidence and enrich and enhance creativity.
Students explore, develop and appreciate elements of movement, choreography and dance performance in small groups and whole class collaborations.
The Dance programme is designed to optimise the dancer’s technical skill, performance quality and conceptual ability. Students will develop an understanding of the choreographic process and explore dance theory, history and anatomy. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their skills in coordination, strength, balance, flexibility, control and alignment through the creative process. In undertaking Dance, students are introduced to a variety of dance styles including: Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and cultural genres.
Students participate in excursions to experience professional shows and incursions, with companies such as Black Swan, WAAPA, Bangarra and Bell’s Shakespeare, an integral component in studying the arts.
JSRACS enjoys a reputation for its highly professional and entertaining dance performances and productions. Students can be involved, either on stage or backstage in a Primary musical, Middle school drama production, or a Senior school drama production or musical. Recent notable productions where our dance students took to the stage include We Will Rock You (2021), Legally Blonde (2019), Mary Poppins Jnr (2021) and Madagascar Jnr (2019).
Each year, both Primary and Secondary students have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities in Dance. The Dance groups in Primary have the opportunity to perform at Dance Festivals, the Secondary Choreography Night and School events.
Choreography night is a highlight for dance students with three nights of dance shows, incorporating dance styles, such as Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Bollywood. Dance club offers an energetic and fun-filled approach to consolidating technique for years 7 – 12 students, culminating in performance items for Choreography night.
Many of our students have pursued their passion further and have gone on to be accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in the fields of design, acting, and musical theatre. Whilst others have used the skills developed in the professions such as Law, Teaching and Broadcasting.