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Kinetic Wellness

News and Announcements

  • New Trier dance students bring showcase to Chicago stage June 8
    New Trier High School's Dance Division is proud to present Dance Lab 2 Showcase Chicago , a student-choreographed show on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble Street, Chicago. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at  www.vittumtheater.org or by calling (773) 342-4141, and are also available at the door.
  • New Trier Dance Division presents biennial Menz Dance performance
    The Dance Division at New Trier High School is proud to present Menz Concert , a raucous, energetic evening of dance, music, nonsense, and more dance on Thursday, April 26 in the Northfield Campus Cornog Auditorium. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are available for $5 at the door or online at https://www.showclix.com/event/menz-dance
  • Dance Day 2018
    Dance Day is a revered tradition at New Trier. Begun in the 1970s, this annual event is a day-long festival of dances choreographed and performed by students. Many of our dance classes have been preparing for this most of second and third quarters and some independent dances have auditioned to be a part of this day as well. Each period of Dance Day will feature a new program (with some repeated dances), so no two periods are exactly alike. Parents are welcome to attend any period; please enter through the Gaffney Auditorium lobby. Click here  to view the schedule.
  • JOHANNAH WININSKY NAMED ILLINOIS DANCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR and MIDWEST SHAPE AMERICA DANCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
    CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHANNAH WININSKY, NAMED IAHPERD'S 2017-18 ILLINOIS DANCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR and MIDWEST SHAPE AMERICA DANCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR! She will be honored with a plaque in October, and is in the running for the NATIONAL DANCE TEACHER AWARD.  We wish her the best!
  • New Trier Menz Dance students merge circus and dance during visit from alum
    Justin Durham, who graduated from New Trier High School in 2014 before earning his Bachelor of Arts from the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, returned to his alma mater to share various circus arts and dance techniques with the students of Menz Dance, one of his favorite performance groups from his time at New Trier.
  • Dance Theater 2018
    The Performing Arts Division at New Trier High School is proud to present Dance Theater New Trier , our student dance company, in concert on May 3 rd and 4 th  in the Cornog Auditorium at the Northfield Campus. Tickets are $7 and available at the door and online at showclix.com

Department Philosophy

Kinetic Wellness is an integration of physical, mental/emotional and social wellness. The curriculum is grounded in six adolescent wellness indicators: fitness, nutrition, mental/emotional health, sexuality, substance education and safety (prevention of intentional and unintentional injury).

  The foundation of Kinetic Wellness courses are included in the following essential understandings:

  • The connection between mind and body is crucial to personal growth and development.
  • Participation in a wide variety of activities provides the opportunity for enjoyment, self-expression and social interaction.
  • Knowledge, competency and application of movement, fitness and wellness concepts encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Self-assessment, self-reflection and a sense of responsibility toward others contribute to individual growth and to the positive climate of the class.