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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.

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  • First Program Chorus - 2019 Winter Concert
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  • "Ahab Triumphant" - Middle School Play 2019
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  • Carol Bowen's - Chuck Close Subway Mosaics Part 2

    A teaching video by Visual Arts teacher Carol Bowen that takes a close look at subway mosaics by acclaimed modern portrait artist Chuck Close.

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  • Subway Mosaics With Carol Bowen

    Extracts from educational video created by Art Teacher Carol Bowen about the Chuck Close mosaics at the 86th and Second Avenue subway station.

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  • Recorded at The Brick Church on  January 24, 2019
    First Program Winter Chorus Concert - 2019

    Recorded Thursday, January 24, 2019, at The Brick Church
    Music teachers Janet Friedman Chinelli and Nancy Silber

    Recorded at The Brick Church on January 24, 2019

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  • Clips provided by Dalton Music teacher David Morgan and parent Ruchi Mehta
    Excerpts From ISMA Festival Rehearsals and Honors Concert

    Clips provided by Dalton Music teacher David Morgan and parent Ruchi Mehta

    Clips provided by Dalton Music teacher David Morgan and parent Ruchi Mehta

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  • First Program Bookfair Paintings
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  • DTW - 2018
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  • DanceWave - 2018

    Watch A Ballet in Sneakers, a dance film performed by eighty Grades 7-8 dance students based on a study of dance master Jerome Robbins. The students drew inspiration from NY Export: Opus Jazz, a film featuring American Ballet Theater dancers performing Robbins' choreography throughout New York City under the direction of Henry Joost ('01) and Jody Lee Lipes.

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  • by Tracy Koss
    Grades 5 & 6 Chorus - Interschool Chorus Festival

    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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