International School for the Arts
The Dance department at Irmo International High School for the Arts promotes a professional, rigorous, and innovative curriculum. Students gain experience in a variety of dance forms including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Latin, and Middle Eastern studies. With a globally infused curriculum, the department introduces an exceptional course entitled Modern World Dance. Modern World Dance provides movement studies ranging from Argentine Tango to Belly Dance forms. Irmo’s Dance department is the only high school program in District 5 to offer this course in addition to the International Baccalaureate course of study in dance that promotes advanced studies in choreography and written dance analysis.
Opportunities for professional and performance development in the dance department include: membership with the award winning competitive dance team, District Dance Day, Irmo Dance Day, professional dance company workshops, community and volunteer services through the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and field studies at the Koger Center for the Arts. Upon completion of the dance program, students will have proficiency needed for acceptance in professional and collegiate levels of dance.
Instructor: Ms. Gabrielle Tull’s professional dance career began in her young teens under the instruction of Debra Bricker, principal dancer at The American Ballet Theater and Atlanta City Ballet. In high school, Ms. Tull’s choreography received honorable mention by the National Dance Education Organization, being one of three in the nation as selected recipients. Ms. Tull continued her dance career by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education with a minor in Spanish at Columbia College, where she received a dance scholarship as well as a South Carolina Teaching Fellowship. During her college studies, Ms. Tull performed with professional artists in The Power Company, The Urban Bush Women, and the Argentine Tango Troupe. Currently, Ms. Tull serves as the lead dance instructor and competition dance team coach at Irmo High School. Ms. Tull’s passion for dance and teaching is evident in the motivation and work ethic of her students at Irmo High School.
Dance 1 - Introduction to Dance
Dance 2 - Intermediate Technique and Choreography Introduction
Dance 3 - Advanced Technique and Choreography Development
Dance 4 - Advanced Technique and Choreography Encapsulation Project
Modern World Dance
Irmo Guard and Dance 1, 2, 3, 4