Dance is more than an extracurricular activity at Notre Dame Preparatory School, a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls in grades 6-12. Middle-level dance students are introduced to world dance, jazz, musical theatre, tap, ballet, modern and dance for social justice. The Upper Level program offers novice and advanced courses with performing opportunities during the year. The program is headed by Serene Webber, who holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and is a Certified Movement Analyst (C.M.A.) She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion.
She feels the skills acquired through dance build a student’s communication and collaborative abilities. “Students learn how to communicate thoughts, feelings, and experiences,” Serene says. “Dance allows for creative reasoning and reflection, which helps the student in all aspects of her life.”
Ms. Webber also combines dance with service; last year she launched a statewide campaign called the Tutu Mission, which raised money for AileyCamp Baltimore, benefitting young dancers from Baltimore County and Baltimore City.