Lower and Middle School

The exciting and award-winning dance program at the LMS emphasizes the creative process, personal expression, and performance. Dance and expressive movement are integrated into the curriculum of the Lower and Middle School drama classes. In addition, students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades may choose to take a dance elective for their arts enrichment class. The 6th grade dance curriculum is "The World of Dance," in which students learn a variety of dance styles and rhythms from all around the globe including Samba, Hip-Hop, Tarantella, Improvisation, and Modern Dance. The 7th grade dance curriculum is "The World of Modern Dance," in which students learn and experience, through technique classes and choreography, the history of modern dance in America. And 8th grade dance students experience a more rigorous training in Modern Dance, Choreography, Improvisation, and Performance on their "World of Contemporary and Post-Modern Dance" curriculum. 8th graders also enjoy opportunities to perform with the HS dance troupe, Fata Morgana, and at off-campus performances as well as a regional dance festival.

High School

The Dance program at the HS offers a diverse curriculum ranging from theater dance to ballet to modern dance. In each, students are introduced to choreographers who changed the shape of dance in that particular style. Along with technique, students learn dance history and research the roots of the different styles of dance. Frequent guest artists teach a wide variety of classes and professionals in pilates, floor barre, ballroom, and more, richly enhancing the High School dance students' experience. The student-run dance company, Fata Morgana provides an excellent opportunity for students to use their creativity and training to choreograph and perform.

Master Dance Classes

Each year, GDS brings a guest artist to the High School for a day of dance classes for Middle School and High School dancers, open to the public. Recent artists include Constance Walsh, Jeff Shade, Katherine Duke, Patricia Golden, Derek Mitchell, and Kershel Anthony.

Master Dance Classes at GDS are made possible by the Samuel J. Rosenfeld Family Master Dance Series Grant. Dance workshops are free for GDS students. Other students are welcome to attend for a small fee.

See the event calendar for upcoming Rosenfeld Dance Workshops.

Fata Morgana: High School Dance Troupe

Fata Morgana was founded in 1996 as a student-run and student-choreographed dance company at the GDS High School. The club is one of the largest at the High School, and it produces two concerts a year featuring student choreography and performances in a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip hop, jazz, ballroom, theatre dance, tap, and contemporary. Under the advisement of High School director of dance and professional choreographer Maria Watson, the dance company has expanded from 10 to more than 60 members. Fata Morgana is open to all to audition. We believe that anyone who loves to dance should be able to.

4200 Dance

GDS’s newest dance company, 4200 Dance, provides an outlet for technically-advanced dancers to train with HS director of dance Maria Watson and visiting choreographers in a professional setting. Currently, 4200 Dance members attend one class and one rehearsal each week, and the group performs at Fata Morgana concerts in the fall and spring semesters. The company is open to all grades and auditions are held every September.

Dance Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Joan Ayap

    Joan Ayap 

    Lower School Dance Teacher
  • Photo of Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo

    Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo 

    Lower/Middle School Dance Teacher, Sixth Grade Advisor
  • Photo of Maria Watson

    Maria Watson 

    High School Dance Teacher

Arts Events

List of 5 events.

  • Oct

    ISCF Cathedral Concert

    Hear the GDS singers in action at the National Cathedral.
    Washington National Cathedral
  • Nov

    MS Fall Musical

    Lower/Middle School: Black Box
  • Nov

    MS Fall Musical

    Lower/Middle School: Black Box
  • Nov

    HS Fall Show

    High School: Black Box
  • Nov

    MS Fall Musical

    Lower/Middle School: Black Box
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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.