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“Dance is the art form; the body is the instrument. Learn to play the instrument so you can master the art form.”

- Debbie Dee


Dance programs at Northside are designed for ALL students—those with no prior dance experience and those with previous training. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) serve as the backbone for all curriculum development in the Fine Arts.

Dance Course offerings:

High School Principles of Dance I -IV

Each course level is a series of instructional units and is an integral building block for more advanced work. Students acquire knowledge, skills, and techniques through daily coursework and application of discipline, commitment, and problem-solving skills. Students will focus on specific genres, such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and cultural dance to gain in-depth knowledge and proficiency. Dance requires consistent, structured practice to refine technique. It is a rigorous art form that fosters the exploration and appreciation of diverse dance traditions and develops skills of observation, analysis, expression, and reflection. Students work to understand and evaluate dance performances, pursue dance as an avocation, or study dance at the college and/or professional levels.

Teachers and Students in Action!

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D.E.A.L. Results

Dance students celebrating their first division rating at the Dance Education Assessment of Learning competition










Texas Dance Educator's Association is dedicated to promoting quality dance education across the state of Texas.  As part of that dedication, TDEA sponsors the Dance Educators Assessment of Learning.  The purpose of DEAL is to identify exemplary dance practices aligned with the state TEKS to promote student achievement and success in the Art of Dance Education.  The information gained through participation in DEAL will help educators design best practices to implement within their dance programs to enhance student learning and progress in the art of dance.



     Student Organization

The following Dance Organization is recognized as being an integral part of Fine Arts Dance instructional programs:

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