The Governor's Academy offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary dance program designed to develop versatile, creative dancers. Each week throughout the year, a variety of dance styles and disciplines are offered including Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Latin, and African. Students have the opportunity to explore Dance Composition, Dance History, Improvisation, and Pilates. Throughout the year, dancers have an opportunity to perform faculty and student work. Students work with guest artists and also attend professional performances. Semi-private lessons may be offered for students wishing to study Pointe and Tap. An additional fee applies.
Dance is offered throughout the year. Dancers meet five days a week (six days during the winter season) for two hours as part of the Afternoon Program.
The Fall season is designed to build technique, build a familiarity with the variety of dance styles and disciplines offered and for the student to experiment with their own movement through composition. This is an excellent season for both experienced dancers and novices to explore the dance program.
The Winter season continues the training and exploration begun in the fall and augments it with preparations for the winter dance concert. Students learn and rehearse faculty dances and are encouraged to develop and hone their own choreography to be presented as part of this concert in the Bergmann Theater, Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts.
The Spring season builds on the training and experience of the year and is an opportunity for experienced upperclassmen to take the reins. They develop their own concert. The dancers are responsible for choreographing and directing their original work to be presented in an intimate Black Box setting.
Pam Smith's training in classical ballet began at an early age and included work with the Joffrey Ballet and with members of the Royale and Pennsylvania Ballet companies. Her modern training includes Cunningham, Graham and Limon techniques and studies with artists from the companies of Paul Taylor, Viola Farber, Dan Wagoner, and Twyla Tharp. Her theater work includes James Lapine's OBIE Award winning "Photograph" and "Twelve Dreams". She has been a recipient of an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts for productions involving her own dance company. She has been Director of Dance at three high schools for The Performing Arts in Connecticut, including a summer residency program for talented youth at Wesleyan University. She also was Director of the Children's School at Stanley Holden's Studio in Los Angeles. She has been an artist in residence at the University of Bridgeport and on the faculty at Albertus Magnus College and Bradford College. She has been a guest artist for Exit Dance Theater, Phillips Exeter, and Wheaton College.
Fontaine Dollas Dubus has been trained in a multitude of dance techniques including jazz, ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, Latin, flamenco, and African. An Arts major at Bradford College, and Illustration major at The Art Institute of Boston, she started teaching dance as a student. She realized dance was her true passion and began teaching at The Dance Place of Newburyport in 1984, and at then Governor Dummer Academy from 1985 to 1994. She now owns and runs The Dance Place and returned to the Academy in 2007. In 1987 she co-founded the modern dance company, Exit Dance Theatre. She also directs a youth dance company, Joppa Dance Co. She continues to study and teach several styles of dance. Ms. Dubus also acts, directs and writes for theater.