Dance provides the opportunity for students in Grades 9-12 to develop aesthetic sensitivity and experience intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth through movement. Students observe, respond, create, and perform using the body as an instrument to communicate feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Through exploring dance concepts, students demonstrate critical thinking skills and core values as well as develop personal integrity. Dance education fosters positive student interaction and an appreciation for diverse points of view, while establishing strong human bonds which transcend racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic barriers. The sequentially developed program presents a broad cultural and historical perspective, providing unique opportunities for cross-curricular connections.
Dance Objectives and Artistic Processes
The process of conceiving and developing new or personal ideas through dance.
The relating of artistic ideas and choices through interpretation and presentation.
The synthesis of meaning, context, and process as it connects to dance.
Technique – Classical ballet, modern, jazz
History/Terminology – History, cultural connections, vocabulary/terminology
Composition/Choreography – Creative movement, improvisation, revision, exploration, risk-taking, experimentation, reflection, critiques, research, artistic intent, choreographic forms,
Production/Performance – Lighting design, music editing, areas of the stage, costumes, stage make-up, projection, performance qualities, audience etiquette, kinesthetic/spatial awareness, ensemble/solo, technical skills, leadership qualities, accountability, recall, apply correction, portfolio development
Concepts – Barre procedures, across the floor, floorwork, vertical alignment, turn-out, spotting, head/tail connection, fall and recovery, contract and release, use of breath, dynamics/energies, isolations, opposition, syncopation, flexibility/strength, warm-up/cool down
Dance Grading Standards
- Performance Skills & Practices: Demonstrate professional standards of performance etiquette and practices to meet course expectations. (Perform)
- Technical Development: Utilize movement vocabulary and terminology of various styles and genres to create original work. (Create)
- Reflection: Critically examine and reflect how content and context guide personal effort and aesthetic development in choreography and performance. (Respond).
- Composition & Choreography: Communicate artistic intent by combining the elements of dance, aesthetic principles, and choreographic forms. (Create)
- Aesthetic Judgment: Analyze and critique choreography for structure, meaning, and artistic intent using specific dance terminology. (Respond)
- Production & Collaboration: Synthesize production elements necessary to fulfill technical details and artistic intent during the rehearsal process and performance. (Perform)
All course descriptions can be found in the High School Course Catalog
- Dance 1, Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4/GT
- Dance Company
- Junior Dance Company