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Dance Courses

Introduction to Dance

Students in this semester-long, entry-level courses, designed for those having no prior dance instruction, learn introductory information regarding:  the role of dance(s) in history and culture;

a variety of dance styles, which may include modern, ballet, jazz, folk, tap, hip-hop and various world dance styles; and, the body, major bone and muscle groups, how they function in dance movements, and the importance of proper health and nutrition.

 

Students will apply requisite knowledge via exploration and performance of various styles.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.  Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day to support, extend and assess learning in the classroom.  Students in this class may need to obtain (e.g., borrow, purchase) appropriate footwear and/or dance attire from an outside source.

 

Dance courses are required to purchase uniform from P.E. Department or Dance Department.

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Dance Techniques 1

This is a beginning dance course.  Students will learn and perform basic dance steps and techniques in two or more dance styles, to be chosen from ballet, lyrical, jazz, theater, modern, or tap.  Students will also learn dance terminology, choreography, and simple dance sequences.

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Dance Techniques 2

 This is the continuation of Dance Technique 1. Students will learn and perform additional steps and techniques in two or more dance styles as listed above.  Students will also learn additional terminology, basic choreography, and dance criticism.  Participation in one aspect of a public performance will be required.

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Dance Techniques 3

This is an intermediate level dance course.  Students will learn additional dance terminology, techniques, and dances in three or more dance styles as listed in Dance Tech 1. Students will also learn how to critique dances.  Participation in at least one aspect of a public performance will be part of the requirements of this course.

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Dance Techniques 4

This course provides large group instruction and performance experiences in standard dance techniques.  Major emphasis of study will focus on continuing skill development, conceptual understanding and aesthetic appreciation needed to perform selected choreography.  Activities will include recital, civic performances, etc.  As an honors course, the focus will be on cooperative learning as well as individualized instruction, student leadership, a written comprehensive examination and dance skills evaluation through ensemble performance, individual solo performance, choreography experiences, and written critiques.

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