Performance | Orchesis Dance Theatre
Saint Mary's School's resident student dance company is Orchesis Dance Theatre. Students who are serious about performing participate in the company by the invitation of the dance faculty. All Orchesis company members must enroll each semester in dance technique classes. Students enrolled in technique classes at another training facility will be considered for Orchesis upon review by dance faculty.
There are two formal Orchesis concerts each year. Students perform dances choreographed by Saint Mary's dance faculty, guest artists and have the opportunity to invest time exploring their own choreography. Working in group ensembles, as well as in more personalized contexts for solos, duets and trios, students perform varied works of choreography in modern, contemporary and classical ballet, jazz, and hip hop.
Students performing in Orchesis have primarily been trained in classical ballet, modern, and/or jazz. In rehearsal and performance settings, a student’s previously learned skills are respected. The rehearsal process provides new information to further their knowledge, breadth, and scope of dance.