In the PVPA Dance Department, we celebrate the many different forms and functions that dance serves around the world. We recognize that dance can communicate and express a wide range of human feelings and experiences! Not only do we train our PVPA dance students to understand that the rigorous study of dance can lead to a professional career, but also that exposure to and exploration of different dance genres and creative processes are key aspects of a healthy, well rounded, culturally and aesthetically aware person.
At PVPA, the dance courses we offer our students are multi-faceted. Our classes blend skill building in technique with creative experiences linked to improvisation and choreography, provide a foundation in theory and history, and draw connections between dance and other disciplines and art forms. We offer a sequence of classes that train students from a beginner through more advanced level in several dance genres, and provide multiple performance outlets through informal showings at PVPA and out in the community, and concerts by our two pre-professional dance companies, Catalyst, and WOFA (West African Dance and Drumming) at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Our Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program offers dance students mentoring and teaching opportunities in neighboring elementary schools to promote community service and partnership.