Middle School Dance


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The dance program is designed to train young dancers in the beginner and intermediate levels of modern, ballet and jazz techniques. It is also designed to build strong dance bodies, to develop discipline, to enhance confidence and to inspire creativity. It fulfills both the student’s physical education and fine arts requirements.


This is a graded course in which students are tested on their working knowledge of their daily class. Students are required to take tests on dance vocabulary, dance history, in-class grades, have a written current event every nine weeks, as well as participate in choreographic exercises, creating dance pieces and the final dance concert performance.

In terms of content, the course is divided as follows:

Fall Semester:
  • 1 unit of ballet technique
  • 2 units of modern technique (Horton and Graham based)
  • 1 unit of jazz technique
  • 1 unit of dance history
  • 1 unit of choreography/improvisation
Spring Semester:
  • 1 unit of modern technique
  • 1 unit of dance history
  • 2 units of applied compositional skills
  • 1 unit of performance skills


Ms. Jenny Gould
Dance Instructor
  • Teaches Middle School Dance
  • Choreographs for Dance Ensemble and Color Guard
  • B.F.A. S.U.N.Y. at Purchase, Merit Scholarship at the Ailey School and further training in NYC, M.Ed., Lesley University
  • / 404.765.2873
  • At Woodward since 2002
Ms. Gould’s professional credits include: Broadway/Production: Phantom of the Opera - Meg Giry, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Requiem/ Variations; National tours: Brigadoon - Jean Mclaren, Fleur in Phantom (Yestin/Kopit), NYC Opera - Cinderella and Brigadoon;  Atlanta Opera - Pearl Fishers, The Marriage of Figaro and Eugene Onegin; Atlanta Lyric Theater - Man of La Mancha - Fermina,  Brigadoon - Jean Mclaren. She has taught at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and continues to choreograph in Atlanta.