Anne Arundel County Public Schools has a nationally recognized K-12 fine arts dance program. To find out more about our program, please click on the links to the left.
To see a presentation about the AACPS Dance Program, please click here.
Elementary School Dance
Elementary school students receive dance instruction as part of the Physical Education Curriculum. Programs available to elementary schools, subject to budget, include dance assemblies, Dance Days, 5th grade Ballroom Dance, American Traditional Dance Residencies, and an Arts Integration Dance Residency and Performance with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Elementary schools have after school Dance Companies that perform in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Dance Festivals.
View AACPS Dance Festival
Middle School Dance Middle school students receive dance units as part of the Physical Education Curriculum. Middle school students may also elect year-long elective
Fine Arts dance classes.
Middle school students are enrolled in the Performing and Visual Arts Magnets at Bates Middle School and at Brooklyn Park Middle School. The PVA program is by audition. See the PVA link or visit
Middle school students have the opportunity to audition for the after-school Dance Company.
Dance Company rehearses all year, performs in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Dance Festivals, in the school’s spring dance concert, and at other events.
Anne Arundel County Middle School Dance Ensemble is another opportunity for Dance Company students. Students who are members of their middle school Dance Company and maintain academics may audition for Ensemble.
View Middle School Dance Ensemble
High School Dance High school students may take academic courses in Dance I-IV, Dance for Athletes I-IV and Dance Company I-IV. Dance Company class is by audition. Dance Company rehearses after school in addition to taking company class during the academic day. Dance classes and Dance Company present a concert each semester.
High school students also have the opportunity to audition for the high school Performing and Visual Arts Magnet located at Annapolis High School. See the PVA link or visit
The Anne Arundel County High School Dance Ensemble
is another opportunity for Dance Company students. Students who are members of their high school Dance Company and maintain academics may audition for Ensemble.
View High School Ensemble
High School dance companies audition for the
Maryland High School Dance Showcase and the Regional or National High School Dance Festivals (www.nhsdf.org). Other opportunities for Dance Company students may include travel to a variety of dance festivals, master classes locally and in New York, and professional dance performances. Dance Company students also perform at community events, provide outreach and perform for feeder schools, and perform in other school events.