Dance Courses

Survey of Dance Techniques I (Course 789)                                        

Grade 9

2 credits                                                                                                         

Full Year

This course is a general introduction to the fundamental aspects of dance. Students are involved in the processes of performing, creating, and responding. A broad overview is provided in preparation for more in-depth study in subsequent courses.

  • Cultural: Students memorize and perform ethnic/folk dances from other cultures (West African, Middle Eastern, Spanish, French Court, Irish Clog, Latin, Asian and more), demonstrating technical accuracy and appropriate stylistic nuances.
  • Social: Students memorize and perform samples of popular 20th-century American social dances (Waltz, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Swing, Jitterbug, Twist, Disco, Pop-Lockin’, Steppin’, and Hip Hop).
  • Modern/Jazz: Students study modern dance or 20th-century concert dance developed as an act of resistance to the rigid constraints of classical ballet. Limón, Graham, Horton, Release and Dunham are some of the techniques explored. In addition, they execute jazz dance techniques developed and popularized by such noted pioneers as Jack Cole, Gus Giordano, and Bob Fosse.
  • Ballet: Students demonstrate principles of classical ballet such as alignment, stance, and turnout. They identify and perform the basic positions of all body parts, protocols at the barre and center, and foundation movements of ballet.
  • Creative: Students work on various projects that promote the creative process, such as exploring use of levels, pathways, rhythms, movement qualities and energy. This may include group collaboration and improvisation.

 

Survey of Dance Techniques II (Course 778)

Grade 10

2 credits                                                                                                                                      

Full Year                                                                                                                                   

Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques I

Students continue study in ballet, modern, jazz and cultural dance. This course provides a more in-depth investigation of dance vocabulary, dance history, and technique. To maintain a high proficiency level in this course, the students must achieve proper body posture, body placement, alignment, and balance, coordination of head, arms and legs when executing an exercise or a dance phrase during classes. Students learn the progressive development of barre, center- and across-the-floor work, and repertoire that is appropriate. Modern/Jazz dance styles and techniques include isolations, contraction/release, fall/recovery, walks, runs, leaps, jumps, turns, connection steps, syncopation, and improvisation. Technical training in this course involves more advanced warm-ups, stretching, strengthening, and stylized movement techniques. Creative exploration as preliminary experience for the choreographic process may be included.

 

Ballet II (Course 702)                                                                                 

Grade 11

1 credit                                                                                                          

Semester

Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques I & II

Students develop an understanding of ballet techniques and terminology at an intermediate level. The students will focus on solos, pas de deux, pas de trois, quatre, and corps de ballet. Composition and theory work will be incorporated in this level. Performances in class, at dance concerts, and dance attire are required. Also included in this course are components of universal theory, and traditional dance styles such as; (gavotte, mazurka, minuet, gallop, polka, etc.). After research and class experience, creative exploration is encouraged during the choreographic process.

 

Modern/Jazz II (Course 706)                                                                   

Grade 11

1 credit                                                                                                          

Semester

Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques I & II

Students focus on modern dance technique and perform solo, duets, trio, and ensemble movements. Self-discipline and technical skill are emphasized to increase confidence and stage presence. Performances in class, at dance concerts, and dance attire are required. Students study physical techniques and theoretical aspects of modern dance technique. Classes will also cover basic elements of choreography and production and the different processes that choreographers use in creating their work. After research and class experience, creative exploration is encouraged during the choreographic process.

 

Choreography                                                                             

Grade 11 and 12 

.5 credit                                                                                                                                                  

Spring Semester                                                                         

*All Juniors must take this course

Drawing on previous training in multiple dance forms (modern, jazz, ballet, cultural) students learn essential choreographic skills and apply them to individual and group projects. They design dance pieces and direct other students in rehearsing and performing in class and in public settings. Study of costuming, music, and lighting selection is included. The course emphasizes regular informal

showings and peer feedback. Collaboration with community and school resources is an important aspect of the course. This course is designed to support students as they prepare for their senior capstone.

 

Jazz Dance (Course 710)

Grades 11 and 12

.5 credit                                                                                                         

Semester

Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques I & II

Students gain knowledge and skills from dance history, technique and jazz dance practices. Students must achieve understanding and demonstration of isolations, syncopation, runs, leaps and turns. They will demonstrate proper body posture, alignment, balance and coordination when executing movement or dance phrases from jazz dance. Performances in class, at dance concerts are required.  Classes will also cover elements of creative exploration, choreography and production.

 

Cultural Dance (Course 781)                                                  

Grades 11 and 12

.5 credit                                                                                                         

Semester

Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques I&II

Students gain knowledge and skills from dance history, technique, and cultural practices. In order to maintain a high proficiency level in this course, the students must achieve proper body posture, alignment, balance, and coordination when executing movement or dance phrases from the cultural study. The cultural dances can include but are not limited to West African, Middle Eastern, Spanish, French Court, Irish Clog, Latin, and Asian dance forms. Classes will also cover elements of choreography and production.

 

Dance Mechanics I (Course 752)

Grade 12

1 credit                 

Full Year

Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques I & II

This course is a study of the roots of dance technique in all forms, the study of dance aesthetic and the practical application of kinesthetic principles of the body. Students will use this class to work on their capstone project and will be offered class time for research, development and critique.

 

Ballet III (Course 703)                                                                               

Grade 12

.5 credit                                                                                                         

Semester

Prerequisite: Intermediate Ballet I

Students gain an in-depth understanding of ballet techniques and terminology. The students focus on solos, pas de deux, pas de trois, quatre, and corps de ballet. Composition and theory work will be incorporated in this level. Performances in class at dance concerts, and dance attire are required. Also included will be components of universal theory, and traditional dance styles, such as; (gavotte, mazurka, minuet, gallop, polka, etc.). Creative exploration, after research and experience are encouraged during the choreographic process.

 

Modern/Jazz III (Course 707)             

Grade 12

.5 credit                                                                                                         

Semester

Prerequisite: Intermediate Modern I

This course is taught at a more advanced level than Intermediate Modern I. Students focus on modern dance techniques and perform solo, duets, trio, and ensemble movements. Self-discipline and technical skill are emphasized to increase confidence and enhanced their performance skills. Students study physical techniques and theoretical aspects. Classes cover elements of choreography and production and the different processes that choreographers use, in creating work.