"School of Dancing and Physical Training" in 1911
In the 1911 school catalog, each area of educational curriculum is described as a “school” – the school of music, the school of expression, the school of art, and the “School of Dancing and Physical Training.” The development of grace and self-possession are the focus of this physical training program:
But sports as amusement or vigorous experiences were soon to became a permanent part of the Chevy Chase environment, for in the 1914-1915 catalog, there are photographs of girls in basketball clothing, and girls playing billiards, tennis, golf, and croquet.
"The Blacks and the Golds," Intramural Competition in the 1920s
In the 1922-23 yearbook, photographs show girls playing basketball, dressed in skirts and white blouses. Other photos portray girls getting ready for a horseback ride, practicing archery, and demonstrating rhythmic dancing. This last activity may have been a performance, for something like a May pole stands next to five girls. They are dressed in gauzy nymph-like costumes, and they hold hands as they dance on the grass.
In the same yearbook, we learn how the intramural sports teams operated throughout the year:
The year-long intramural competition integrated sports with the entire curriculum, and removed the possible dangers of individual competition.