Dance is an integral part of the OPS physical education program. Students learn a variety of dances and study the purposes of dance. It is not uncommon to see our students clogging, line dancing, square dancing, ballroom dancing, or even choreographing a dance of their own. OPS students also learn many dances from other cultures. Many cultures hold dancing in high regard in their ceremonies and for artistic expression. In fact, the Hopi/Choctaw Indians said that to watch them dance was to hear their hearts speak!
Through the years, our dance program has found its place into the school curriculum. Students learn the elements of dance and dance terminology so they can analyze their own dance performances and appreciate the performances of others. Dance is also great exercise and a form of recreation for many. Now days, you can see Zumba classes, Hip Hop, ballroom dancing and ballet offered for children and adults alike. Our physical education teachers deserve a big round of applause for their creativity and willingness to become dance instructors for the Fine Arts Festival and other civic events.