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Dance Courses

Beginner Dance I/II/III/IV

Grade Level:   10, 11, 12

(2 Semesters - Credit Value: 4)

Beginning Dance is a performance based course that includes the enlightenment, encouragement, and execution of beginning elements of ballet, modern, tap, and jazz including contemporary dance studies. Dance concepts and styles are explored while focusing on shape, space, time, relationship, energy, and dynamics. Course curriculum includes the study of dance history, nutrition, anatomy, music for dancers, and choreographic studies. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout both semesters.

Intermediate Dance I/II/III/IV

Grade Level:   11, 12

(Pre-Requisite Beginning Dance)

(2 Semesters - Credit Value: 4)

Intermediate Dance is a performance based class that teaches upper level elements of concert style dance including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance.  Students are expected to participate in master classes, and attend/perform in dance concerts. A strong importance is placed on collaboration inside the dance department and within all areas of the fine arts. Course curriculum includes the continued study of dance history, nutrition, anatomy, music for dancers, and choreography. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout both semesters.

Advanced Dance I/II/III/IV

Grade Level: 11, 12

(Pre-Requisite Intermediate Dance)

(2 Semesters - Credit Value: 4)

Advanced Dance builds upon the taught elements of Beginning and Intermediate Dance and also includes curriculum centered on the following: A portfolio presentation including an artist statement or biography, resume, multiple solos for audition purposes, and investigations in post high school dance programs. Advanced Dance explores performance elements such as music, costume, set design, and performance enhancing strategies. Students will refine skills and aesthetic awareness in all styles of dance with an emphasis on alignment, range of motion, rhythmic clarity, breath control, phrasing, clarity of line, and spatial intent. Advanced Dance Students are expected to accomplish high levels of growth in movement patterning, sequence, and traveling combinations. Course content consists of frequent critical analysis skills through group discussions. Advanced dancers will work in ensembles and experience multiple guest artist choreographers and rehearsal directors. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout both semesters.