Beginning in elementary school, students participate in dance class every other day, focusing on ballet and jazz techniques. Students have the opportunity to work on vocabulary, choreography and improvisation while being exposed to dances from different cultures. These young dancers perform twice a year in dance concerts.
Dancers can place into one of three levels of dance: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, with all classes meeting each day. These courses focus on ballet, jazz and modern techniques, while further developing skills learned in earlier classes. These students perform at least twice a year.
In addition to the dance electives offered, there are three dance companies at FWAFA that afford advanced students extra performance opportunities. Junior Dance Company and Company II meet after school on a weekly basis to rehearse, and both companies perform in the annual Dance Company Concert as well as the full-length ballet. Academy Dance Company is the most advanced company at FWAFA, with these students dancing in a second full class period every day. These dancers have the opportunity to travel and perform frequently as representatives of the dance department at FWAFA.