INTRODUCTION TO DANCE (DANCE I) LENGTH: 1 year; grades 9, 10,11,12. A beginning class for the student who has had little or no background training in dance, this class emphasizes cardiovascular endurance, physical strength, flexibility, injury prevention, nutrition and wellness through the exploration of various forms of dance (jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, tap, folk/ethnic dance).
Dance I focuses on developing introductory skills in dance technique and a lifetime commitment to physical activity. Students will have the opportunity to perform two to four times per year. Students must maintain a notebook of choreography learned in the class with information learned about dance history. Students must see a minimum of one live performance and write dance critiques.
DANCE TECHNIQUE (DANCE II) LENGTH: 1 year; grades 10, 11 ,12. PREREQUISITE: Dance I, or by audition with instructor consent. An intermediate level class for motivated and committed students who have one year or more of training in dance, this class provides an in-depth creative experience through the exploration of various forms of dance (jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hip, modern, tap, folk/ethnic dance). It focuses on increasing competency in dance technique, performance, and choreography while gaining academic comprehension of the historical, social, emotional and personal context of this discipline.
Students must create their own dance phrases with instruction in choreography, partnering, dance forms and improvisation. Students will instruct other dancers in their original choreography, see a minimum of two live performances and respond critically in written form. Students will participate in performance opportunities that will be offered locally two to four times.