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fine arts - dance/drill

The NEISD Dance Department involves content standards that focus on knowledge and skills of dance elements, choreographic process and a variety of dance styles.  In addition, the curriculum enables students to understand cultural, historical, and artistic diversity.  Both dance and cheerleading incorporate proper conditioning, injury prevention practices and principles of good nutrition.  The traditional dance programs, as well as the NESA dance program, analyze dance from a variety of perspectives: performer, choreographer, critic and audience member.  Both programs compare and contrast the use of form and expression in dance with their use in art, music and theatre.

Dance, Drill, Cheerleading and Pep Squad programs consist of the above curricular components as well as an extracurricular dimension.  Performance venues consist of school events, athletic half-times, contests, community events and performance trips. District-wide enrollment in these programs numbers approximately 1,500 students.

The future of these programs is based on our goals to include more students, to give more young people a place to belong, to continue to focus on the program as a fine art, to foster healthy competition and to model good citizenship.