Due to popular demand and a generous alumni contribution, The Hill School will be launching its dance program this upcoming fall.
The new adjunct instructor of dance, Laura Cobbs has 15 years of experience teaching various styles of dance and is the founder and creative director of Visions Dance Company in Boyertown, PA.
Hill’s dance program is starting off small and will offer one introductory dance class and open dance workshops in the 2018-19 academic year. However, both Headmaster Lehman and Cobbs hope to expand the dance program in the future depending on student interest.
The new dance program will allow students to study the “technique, complex patterns and physicality” of dance and, more importantly, “experience the joy of movement” according to Cobbs.
The dance class being offered next year will expose students to two different dance styles a term culminating into end-of-term performances. Though it is starting small, the dance program has a large potential for growth.
“I would love to see more performance opportunities for students through the musical and perhaps a dance performance ensemble,” Cobbs said.
Cobbs began taking dance classes at the age of 10 in a small studio in Blacksburg, VA and after just a year of learning, she knew she had found her passion. She earned her dance performance degree from East Carolina University and her B.F.A. from Radford University in Virginia. She has had an impressive career as a dancer performing in famous venues from Louisville to Florence but ultimately her main passion has always been teaching.
“I am honored to be teaching at The Hill School,” Cobbs said. “A school that prides itself on traditions, values and camaraderie is definitely a place I am lucky to now to be a part of. It is beyond exciting to see a dance course form from the ground level…an opportunity that I am thrilled to have!”
“For years and years, students like me who have been taking dance outside of school have always wanted a program at school to expand our learning,” Sarah Gbadebo ’19, co-captain of the STEP team said. “Maybe our prayers are finally being heard.”