The Dance Department
Program Director: Ran Brown
The Dance Program at Thelma Yellin has been training the best of Israel’s dancers and choreographers since 1985. Practical studies include classical ballet, pointe, modern dance, contemporary dance and composition. In addition, as part of the repertoire classes, throughout the school year the students regularly study works of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Theoretical studies include lessons in the history of dance, anatomy, music and other subjects. The students also attend practical workshops and master classes with leading dance artists. The program’s students take part in the Thelma Yellin Annual Arts Festival and in events outside the school, and perform a diverse repertoire which includes works of classical, modern and contemporary dance, in addition to works choreographed by the students. The Dance Program at the Thelma Yellin School is proud of its alumni who are members of many dance companies in Israel and abroad, and many are active choreographers.
Noteworthy events in the Dance Program
Workshops, master classes, meetings with choreographers and dance companies from Israel and abroad: every year we host choreographers and dancers from companies who visit Israel and hold workshops, master classes and discussions. In addition, the Dance Program’s students become acquainted with local dance artists on a regular basis through performances, meetings and routine lessons.
An arts camp which takes place as part of the school’s Annual Arts Festival: every year the Program’s students attend an arts camp outside the school, during which time they meet choreographers, dancers and artists from other fields for a series of special and extraordinary events.
The production of place-dances: every year the Dance and Film Programs join to make a dance film (video dance). This is an experience in a joint creative process in which the students set out to produce, choreograph, perform, film and edit short location-dependent films. The films are shown at a festive screening before an audience made up of the students in both programs, teachers, and guests from the dance or film worlds who present their work and critique the students’ films.
Project 36: A unique flash-marathon in the world of dance in which all the Program’s students meet to work together on the creation of original works within a time limit of only 36 hours. The project was thought up by the students and inspired by the Project 48 Dance, which is run under the artistic management of Dana Rothenberg (herself a school alumna). The students organize, produce, create and perform original works following an artistic reference given to them by the teachers. The starting point is a raffle in which the creative ensembles are selected, and 36 hours later, the results are performed in front of an audience.
Eligibility for a High School Diploma (bagrut) during the program
The students are examined every year by the program’s teachers and are regularly critiqued on their practical work. At the end of the program, in the 12th grade, a final exam with external examiners takes place. This includes exams in classical ballet, modern dance and composition. The program awards a 5-point bagrut in dance, which is made up of practical and theoretical studies (music written for dance, anatomy and the history of dance). The students are given the opportunity to expand their studies and take another exam – a recital, which will award them another 5-point bagrut in performance.