The NCS/STA Dance Program is the largest such independent-school offering in the Washington area. Under the direction of Vladimir Angelov, more than 100 students attend classes in a variety of disciplines (see below for a full list) in our three spacious dance studios.
Student groups, including the Cathedral dancers and the dance team, have multiple opportunities to perform. The year culminates in the annual Dance Gala, a comprehensive show featuring projects choreographed by students, faculty, and guest artists.
The Dance Program's mission is threefold:
To provide students with high-quality dance training and understanding of movement;
To expose students to diverse dance genres, and nurture movement awareness; and
To encourage students’ creativity and expression in dance.
A student may design her own independent dance seminar that focuses on specific areas of interest related to dance training, research, or choreography. It may culminate in a performance at the Dance Gala in the spring.
This classical music and movement chamber dance troupe performs regularly in the Washington National Cathedral, including during the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, as well as at the WAISDEA Festival and elsewhere.
Step Dance is a very unique dance form because there is no musical accompaniment. Instead, the human body produces the music: Feet stomping and hands clapping are the source of rhythm, which drives the dancing. The accuracy of the body percussion and the unison execution are the key points of great step dancing.