World Dance at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts is a pre-professional training ground for students to hone their skills as diverse movers, critical thinkers, arts activists and dance educators. Students train in a variety of dance forms including Afro-Cuban, Polynesian, Hip Hop, Mexican Folkloric, Afro-Brazilian and more. In addition to developing a strong technical background in each of these, they will study their own complex origins and gain tools on how to analyze movement, observe culture, respond to performance and conduct dance research. Physical training will be met with an exploration of the social, cultural and political themes that surround each form of dance that we study. Students will also have many opportunities to perform, develop choreography and share what they're learning with each other, their families and community!
Prior experience or proficiency in a dance style are not required to audition. We seek students who love to dance and have a strong desire to learn about dance from different cultures.
Students interested in Ballet and Modern Dance, should check out the Dance Department.