This intensive year long course at LV Rogers Secondary integrates advanced technique classes in ballet and modern dance technique with the Choreography 10-12 curriculum.
LV Rogers Secondary School is a part of School District No. 8, Kootenay Lake, and is located in beautiful Nelson BC. The dance program is under the direction of Jennifer MacMillan. Ms. MacMillan holds a BFA with a Major in Dance from Simon Fraser University (CAN) and a MA in Teaching Dance from the University of Surrey (UK). She is also a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of the British Columbia Dance Educators' Association. She is passionate about and committed to bringing high quality dance education to students within the public school system.
Dance students in grades 10-12 attend classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. Beyond technique and performance, dance education at LVR includes developing a theoretical base in dance history, choreography, literacy, health, anatomy, world dance as well as dance related careers.
Since it’s inception in 2001 the program's mandate has been not only to improve the students’ technique base, but also to expand students’ background and knowledge of dance beyond the Kootenays. Dancers Dancing, Ballet Kelowna, Ballet Jorgen, Ballet BC, the Margie Gillis Foundation and Move: the Company are only some of the dance professionals who have graced the program over the past several years with master classes, workshops and residencies.
Students have also had the opportunity to travel, to compete, to attend performances in Vancouver, to view dance classes in action at Simon Fraser University, to meet with faculty and finally to take classes from some of the best of the industry. Several students have gone on to pursue their love of dance at prestigious studios provincially, nationally, and in a couple of instances internationally.