This course develops the student’s awareness of balance through dance, meaning an overall balance of wellness in one’s life. Through dance, students will learn the importance of a healthy body, life-long exercise routines, proper sleep and nutrition. Students will learn the connection between human experiences and the need to express through movement. Through dance history, students will be exposed to different social climate impacts on the genres of dance. Students will express their generation’s social issues, cultural environment, and self-expression through their innovative dance moves. Students will develop stronger, healthier bodies, self-discipline, and gain high self-esteem through dance.
- Students will learn the importance of flexibility, and strength through dance warm-ups and moves.
- Students will gain balance and coordination through dance techniques and across the floor turns and leaps; develop core strength and spotting techniques.
- Students will be educated in kinesiology/anatomy and nutrition through dance.
- Students will learn dance studio etiquette, dressing room/stage etiquette, and social dance etiquette.
- Students will learn the connection of all academic disciplines through dance: math, history, health, science, English/world literature, etc.
- Students will learn to express themselves through their choreography.
- Dance history
- Classical/contemporary dance/social dance
- Careers in performing arts/other dance career avenues
Dance Aerobics and Body Conditioning
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CHARGE CELL PHONE/iPOD DURING CLASS.
California Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards:
Dance - Grades 9-12
- 1.0 Artistic perception – Students perceive and respond, using the elements of dance. They demonstrate movement skills, process sensory information, and describe movement, using the vocabulary of dance.
- 2.0 Creative expression – Students apply choreographic principles, processes, and skills to create and communicate meaning through the improvisation, composition, and performance of dance.
- 3.0 Historical and cultural context – Students analyze the function and development of dance in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to dance and dancers.
- 4.0 Aesthetic valuing – Students critically assess and derive meaning from works of dance, performance of dancers, and original works according to the elements of dance and aesthetic qualities.
- 5.0 Connections, relationships, applications – Students apply what they learn in dance to learning across subject areas. They develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills. They also learn about careers in and related to dance.
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
1. Dressing out, adhering to dress code, wearing proper shoes = 10%
2. Participation = 30%
3. Performance = 30%
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.