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About the Arts at Dalton

Creativity and self-expression are at the core of a Dalton education.

The school's philosophy is premised on first-hand experience, and this is the foundation of the Arts at Dalton. The dance, drama, music, and visual arts departments express the soul of the Dalton program. With the Performing Arts Center, the Martin Theater, and extensive dance, visual, and media arts studios, the school offers its students access to outstanding facilities. However, the true strength of the arts program comes from the faculty - professionals in their fields. These teachers guide and educate the students with the utmost dedication and enthusiasm, always sharing the personal passions that brought them to careers in the arts.

Each course provides a non-competitive environment where students can shed their inhibitions, expand their focus, discover a talent, and find their voice. It is not surprising that so many students dedicate a large portion of their time and energy to the arts. High School students often discover that what begins as a requirement for graduation ends as one of the defining features of their Dalton career. Each year, nearly a third of the school's graduating seniors choose seminar-based independent programs in Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, and Dance. These Senior Projects often lead to community-wide exhibitions and performances that herald the central role of the arts in our school. Students' artistic achievements - realized through rigorous, in-depth work - often parallel, integrate, and synthesize the academic experiences that have shaped and informed their careers at Dalton.

Recent Arts News

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  • Music Students Perform in the Honors Jazz Band Concert

    Middle and High School Music Teachers Jazz Glenn Makos and David Morgan led Dalton music students to perform in the Honors Jazz Band concert of the Independent School Music Association of NYC. The MS and HS Honors bands were composed of students from multiple independent NYC schools and featured four Dalton students selected from student auditions.
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Archived News

Arts Publications

Arts Media

  • by Tracy Koss
    Grades 5 & 6 Chorus Performing at The Interschool Chorus Festival

    Lead by Ms. Cruz, The Dalton Grade 5 & 6 Chorus performed at the Interschool Chorus Festival, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

    Videos contributed by Tracy Koss and Bernirene Ramos

    by Tracy Koss

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  • Twelfth Night - High School Play 2018
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  • Middle School Dance Flashmob - Cuts

    A video compilation of Middle School Flashmobs from the past few years.

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  • Middle School One Act Plays - November 2017
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  • Jazz Drummer T.S. Monk, Son of Jazz Great Thelonius Monk Conducts Jazz Workshop
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  • Jazz Musician T. S. Monk Explains to Students That Jazz Is Sophisticated and Fun
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  • DanceWave - 2017

    Dance students in Grades 7 & 8 pay tribute to Paul Taylor's "Esplanade"

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  • First Program Spring Chorus Concert - 2017
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  • DTW Selects - 2017
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  • DTW Complete - 2017
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  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Act I
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  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood Act II
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  • Dalton High School Dance Theater Workshop Highlights
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  • High School Music - Excerpts

    View excerpts from Dalton's Orchestra, Percussion, and Jazz musical groups.

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  • Design teacher Meg Zeder discusses the features of the Dalton Theatre Design Program.
    Set and Costume Design

    Here's a delightful overview of the design classes and opportunities offered by our department.

    Design teacher Meg Zeder discusses the features of the Dalton Theatre Design Program.

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  • 7th & 8th Grade Flash Mob 2017
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  • Macbeth - Middle School Play - 2017
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  • First Program Winter Concert - 2017
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  • Middle School DanceWAVE - Compilation
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  • Dance From the 6th Grade Greek Festival
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