Recreational Activities

All recreational activities are coed and meet twice a week.

Badminton

Back by popular demand- Badminton! It is more than just a lawn game. In many parts of the world it is a highly competitive sport. This year the class will be led by a student and will focus on basic skills as well as some more competitive play. This class will meet both indoors and outdoors and is open to players of all levels.

Dance - Ballet

Ballet I & Ballet II
In a supportive environment, technique classes focus on physical aspects such as core strength, flexibility, placement and alignment, articulation, and coordination. Musicality is stressed as an integral part of combining Ballet's physical demands and artistic requirements. Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Ballet 2 will meet from 3:00-4:35 on Tuesdays and 4:40-6:10 on Fridays.

Dance - Ballet

In a supportive environment, technique classes focus on physical aspects such as core strength, flexibility, placement and alignment, articulation, and coordination. Musicality is stressed as an integral part of combining Ballet's physical demands and artistic requirements. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Pointe, variations, and partnering may be offered, as appropriate.

Climbing

This activity meets once a week for a 3 hour period and will both go outdoors to explore a wide range of rock types demanding a variety of climbing styles as well as make extensive use of the climbing wall in the Field House. At the wall, we’ll focus on building strength, endurance, and technique, making our climbing outdoors more productive and also helping to reduce the risk of injury. Students in the climbing program will help develop routes and problems on the climbing wall, learn about safety systems on the wall and outside on natural rock, and gain new skills and confidence at all levels of ability.

Renaissance-Style Fencing

This class will be an introduction to 15th Century Germanic martial traditions, studying the art of dueling with Longswords and exploring the rich history of swordplay during the High to Late Middle Ages. We'll be following the work of Hans Talhoffer, 15th century scholar and blade master, examining footwork, guards, blade work, and the legal and moral implications of dueling during the middle ages. Be prepared for a good workout, be sure to bring water, wear shoes that are comfortable to move in, and a long sleeve light-weight jacket or heavy shirt you feel comfortable moving and sparing in.

AM Fitness Conditioning

Get your heart rate up before morning classes! Research indicates this improves focus, mood, and overall energy levels for the day. Morning exercise with a focus on cardio and varied intense workouts. Highly recommended for students who experience difficulty staying engaged in morning classes. The AM Fitness "afternoon activity" runs from 7-7:30AM M-F. It counts for one afternoon credit.

Hiking

Hiking invigorates the body, calms the mind, and stimulates the senses. Most of our walks will be on trails through the woods and fields in the vicinity of the school. Come prepared to walk with comfortable walking shoes, sneakers or boots, a water bottle, jacket and hat (optional). We will walk in all weather. Walks will be designed to bring us back to campus by the end of the activity period.

Horseback Riding

Riding at Putney can be custom-fit to each individual rider’s needs. The focus is on the basics of dressage and stadium jumping and cross country jumping, along with miles of trails to explore. The stable is filled with wonderful school horses of various breeds and levels of training. From riding a school master to working with a green horse, students have many opportunities for development. The riding program focuses not only on riding but horsemanship and animal husbandry. Students learn to care for, tack up and evaluate their horses for conformation, soundness, and general behavior. They get to see the veterinarians and farriers care for the horses. There is the opportunity for leasing if a student develops a special relationship with a school horse. Students may also choose to bring their own horse as room in the stable allows. There is an extra riding fee for this program and need-based scholarship money is available. It is open to riders of all levels from beginner through advanced. Students need to have their own helmets, riding boots, and safety vest. Helmets must be less than five years old and never had a fall.

Dance - Modern Jazz

Jazz Dance I & Jazz Dance II
One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate. Jazz 2 will meet from 4:40-6:10 on Mondays and 3:00-4:35 on Thursdays.

Dance - Modern Jazz

One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate.

Mountain Biking

The group rides on school trails and local dirt roads. There is one long ride each week, and one shorter ride that focuses on technique and other specific skills. Each student is encouraged to ride at other times of the week to best develop their skills and fitness. Occasionally, when the weather is inclement, we’ll take time to clean and perform routine maintenance on our bikes. Students need to bring their own bike helmets.

Recreational Basketball

There will be a few slots available in the girls basketball team for students who would like to hone their basketball skills, but not participate in interscholastic competitions. The recreational basketball practice days are Monday and Thursday.

Pond Hockey

In a fun and invigorating activity, skaters of all levels will learn the basics of the classic, wide-open sport of Pond Hockey. The emphasis is on having fun, learning teamwork, improving skating and stick handling and most importantly getting outside on the ice for some winter exercise. The school provides helmets and sticks, students use their own skates. When not on ice we will be either hiking or playing floor hockey indoors.

Conditioning

In Sports Conditioning, we spend the trimester working to develop a comprehensive individual level of fitness for each student. We gear our workouts towards increased strength and flexibility and utilize an approach which features personal goals, safe stretching techniques, and functional training to prepare students for an active spring!

Recreational Ultimate Frisbee

Discover your inner athlete with Recreational Ultimate! Our primary mission will be to run around and play with the amazing flying disc. As we learn the game of Ultimate, we will focus primarily on developing throwing and catching skills, as well as some fundamental strategies that are universal to the game. In the Spirit of the Game, the more the merrier! (For all skill levels, recreational Ultimate is a 2-day activity.) This activity is open to all genders.

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