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: Mrs. Alison Chapman
My objective as a teacher is to share the joy of dance through a well-rounded educational experience, preparing, motivating, and inspiring students to achieve their dreams through movement. Dance has fueled my life with energy to move and reach all levels with leaps and bounds. It has taught me commitment and dedication to a skill that works both the mind and body together in the creative process. It emphasizes the importance of teamwork and building relationships within our classroom walls, structuring the educational experience with a sense of security and freedom of expression found in movement.
As a teenager, my focus in dance increased as I attended the Tri-District Arts Consortium at Columbia College and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities at Furman University. As a member of the Columbia City Jazz Company, directed by Dale Lam, I received opportunities to travel abroad and perform in Germany, Bulgaria, and Austria at the International Tanzsommer Dance Festival and for the European Union. My studies continued at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where I was guided by teachers to ignite and inspire the strength of a dancer’s heart, completing a minor in dance with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Interior Design. While my initial career did not take place in a dance classroom, the connection I had with dance could never leave my soul. I ventured into musical theater performing in Hairspray, Promises, Promises, and Nine at the Theater of the Republic in Conway, SC, later choreographing their Aladdin Junior. With dance always in my heart, I made the decision to return to the University of South Carolina in 2014, graduating in three years with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance Education, one of my proudest and most memorable moments.
While attending the University of South Carolina, I was a recipient of the USC Dance and Theatre Scholarship and received the BLOCH Undergraduate Student Scholarship through the National Dance Education Organization, presenting at their national conference in Washington, D.C. I was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts USC Collegiate Chapter, worked part time as a teacher at USC’s Dance Conservatory and am an active member of NDEO.
I am delighted to be the dance education teacher at Irmo High School. As a former graduate of the class of 2000, I am amazed by the opportunities provided to our students and will continue to be a strong advocate for the collaboration of the arts and arts integration in our school system. I am ever thankful for the dance opportunities present throughout my life and look forward to sharing this passion with all who enter the dance classroom door.
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