Performing Arts

Norfolk Academy is dedicated to providing an outstanding education and experience for students in the performing and visual arts. Our goal is to foster a lifetime appreciation of the arts through creation, performance, and observation. A broad range of arts offerings in every division helps our students develop their own special artistic interest on a journey of self-discovery.   The Fine Arts faculty work closely with core faculty in all divisions to integrate art studies with the academic curriculum, providing an inter-disciplinary approach that helps students understand and appreciate the arts in all areas of life.


Dance at Norfolk Academy helps students develop both critical and abstract thinking skills and stimulates creativity and collaboration through adaptation and expression. The dance department provides a diverse experience in dance techniques, forms of dance, history, performance, and choreography.

We offer a rigorous program for dancers, emphasizing technique, performance, and choreography. However, we also strive to create an environment for students at all levels and ages to experience dance as a means to enhance physical fitness and wellness, understand and appreciate cultures and periods of history, interact cooperatively with various age groups, and develop an aesthetic appreciation of the art form.


Students in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to perform in three theater productions each year: the Fall play, the Winter Musical, and the Spring play.  The Winter Musical is always a highly anticipated and impressive production, with actors, dancers, and singers performing in the beautiful Johnson Theater.  In the Lower School, the Young People's Theater Program stages elaborate productions twice each year. 

Eighth grade students participate in a year-long course in the study of drama. The goal of this program is to introduce students to the history and craft of the theater, including the roles and responsibilities of the actor, director, designers, choreographer, stage manager and crews.  Public speaking exercises allow the students to gain confidence communicating in front of their peers. 


The John H. Tucker, Jr., Arts Center features the Samuel Johnson Theater, a 575-seat theater, as well as dance and art studios, choral, band and orchestra rooms, practice rooms designated for private music lessons and a digital movie editing lab.