Course Description This course is designed for intermediate/advanced dance students and will focus on refining technical proficiency, artistic expression and creative fluency. Students are provided the opportunity to learn established choreography, as well as, original works. Students will engage in the processes of creation, rehearsal, and performance of dance works; ensemble skills; repertoire maintenance, and performance disciplines. The end of the year culminates with a fully produced performance of completed works; however, students are obligated to perform various works throughout the year.
The student will be able to
Structure original choreography proficiently.
Solve various choreographic problems/challenges in different projects.
Analyze, critique and discuss choreography in an intelligent, productive manner.
Work creatively under deadlines and manage rehearsals effectively.
Retain choreography and perform it with confidence and accuracy.
Effectively use technical theatre elements; costumes, make-up, lighting and set design.
Performance Skills Objectives
In accordance with their individual capacity, students will grow in the ability to:
Refine performance skills in various genres: ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, tap, hip hop, theatre dance, etc.
Perform a wealth and variety of choreographed works.
Solve compositional problems using the principles of composition and elements of design.
Articulate the rationale for personal preferences in choreographic choices.
Create and produce a dance piece from concept to performance.
Create a resume.
California Dance Content Standards below identify those standards that students are expected to master upon successful completion of this course:
Dance - Grades 9-12
1.2 Perform in multiple dance genres, integrating an advanced level of technical skill and clear intent.
1.3 Memorize and perform complicated works of dance at a level of professionalism (i.e., a high level of refinement).
1.4 Apply a wide range of kinesthetic communication, demonstrating clarity of intent and stylistic nuance.
2.1 Create a diverse body of works of dance, each of which demonstrates originality, unity, clarity of intent, and a dynamic range of movement.
2.2 Use dance structures, musical forms, theatrical elements, and technology to create original works.
Historical and Cultural Context
3.2 Analyze the role dancers and choreographers play in the interpretation of dances in various historical and cultural settings.
4.1 Critique dance works to improve choreographic structure and artisitic presence.
Connections, Relationship, Application
5.2 Compare the study and practice of dance techniques to motion, time, and physical awareness of matter, space, time, and energy/force).
5.4 Determine the appropriate training, experience, and education needed to pursue a variety of dance and dance-related careers.
Instructional Pacing Plan
Technique – refinement of skills in various genres
Repertoire – learn new and established works in various genres
Choreography – creative design and development; critical and analytical thinking about choreography; selection of audio
Production process – set, lighting, and costume design; make-up, etc.
Audition & Interview Process – in person and by DVD
This is the typical grade scale for the academy. Each individual teacher may adjust the scale to best accommodate the student’s achievements.
100-90% = A
89-80% = B
79-70% = C
69-60% = D
The grade earned in dance is weighted in different areas
4. Individual and group projects, class work = 30%
Adhere to all gym expectations and respect P.E. teachers and coaches.
Students are expected to do all assigned work. No late work will be accepted unless authorized.
Students are to keep a 11/2” binder with paper and a writing apparatus and a 3- hole-punch pouch.
Students are to make up tests and quizzes upon the week he/she returns from an absence. It is the student’s responsibility to make other arrangements as needed to make up tests/quizzes.
All work is to be done in black or blue ink. Assignments written in pencil may not be corrected if it is not readable.
Students maintain positive relationships by respecting all members of the class.
Students are to respect expectations of Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School regarding behavior.
Students accept responsibility of dance program dress code pertaining to each class/dance genre.
Students respect cleanliness of dance class by not eating food, candy, or chewing gum. Sealed water bottle is permissible.
Students maintain positive relationship by not having any electronic device (ex. Cell phone, MP3 player, cords hanging from the ears, etc.) out during dance class; such items will be confiscated. Exception to this obligation, you have been given teacher permission due to choreographic/performance duties.
Students are not allowed to charge cell phone/iPod during class.