Dance Curriculum

Middle School Intro to Dance

This class is for students (male and female) with little or no dance experience. Students focus on basic dance skills, including improvisation and creative movement, introductory ballet technique with some social dance, jazz, and modern plus strength, coordination and conditioning work. A great class for non-majors to develop coordination, flexibility, and self-discipline.

Grades 6-8, majors and non-majors. Pre-Requisites: None

Middle School Intermediate Ballet

This class is for students who have successfully mastered beginning ballet principles and physical skills. Students will focus on continued development of correct ballet technique in barre and center floor work including petit allegro, adagio, turns, and grand allegro. Strength, flexibility and improvisational skills will also be emphasized.

Grades 6-8, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites: Successful skill mastery of beginning level ballet technique. Permission of instructor to register.

High School Intro to Dance

This class is an open level class designed to increase physical flexibility and strength with an introduction to basic dance skills—modern, ballet, jazz, and social dance. The class will focus on flexibility, strength, conditioning, rhythm, improvisation and other dance skills. Students will increase their flexibility, strength; create fun and interesting basic dance compositions. Great class for any non-major students (male and female) to increase physical awareness, strength, stamina, and movement ability.

Grades 10-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites: None (one semester/0.5 credit, typically paired with ACT Prep)

Ballet I

This introductory course explores the basic concepts of ballet including barre and center floor work with conditioning, flexibility, coordination and strength work. The vocabulary of ballet, placement and alignment are emphasized. Introductory improvisation and dance elements are included. Great class for any non-major students (male and female) to increase physical awareness and movement ability.

Grades 9-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites:  None

Ballet II

This class is for dancers who have successfully mastered the skills taught in Ballet I. It is a continued development of ballet technique with increasing difficulty in barre and center floor work to include adagio, petit allegro, turns, grand allegro. Pointe work is introduced.

Grades 9-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites: Permission of instructor and mastery of Ballet I level skills.

Ballet III

Students must have mastered all skills taught in Ballet II. Students will concentrate on increasingly complex barre and center floor technique to include adagio, turns, petit allegro and grand allegro with emphasis on artistic presentation and stamina. Pointe work is increasingly complex and geared toward strengthening core, legs and feet.

Grades 9-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites: Permission of instructor and mastery of Ballet II level skills.

Modern Dance I

This class introduces the fundamental principles of modern dance including placement, alignment, and the elements of dance with emphasis on strength, coordination, endurance, flexibility, focus and musicality. Great class for any non-major students (male and female) to increase physical awareness and movement ability.

Grades 9-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites:  None

Modern Dance II and III

Modern Dance II is for dancers who have successfully mastered the skills taught in Modern I.  The class will explore movement challenges in alignment, flow, weight and momentum, space, breath, rhythm and musicality.

Modern Dance III is for dancers who have successfully mastered the skills taught in Modern II.  The course will further develop all facets of modern dance technique with emphasis on energy, conditioning, improvisation, contact improvisation, and choreography skills. Further, the student will enhance their artistic presentation skills.

Grades 9-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites:  Permission of instructor required.

Middle School Jazz/Tap Dance

This an open level class taught on an introductory level.  The first semester will emphasize the principles of jazz including isolations, conditioning, strength, flexibility and the introduction of various dance influences on jazz–African, swing, Broadway. The second semester will emphasize the principles of tap dance including the 12 basic steps of tap, rhythm, and the cultural and historical significance of tap. This is a great class for theater and musical theater students (male and female) to increase physical awareness, rhythm and movement ability.

For grades 6-8, majors and non-majors.

High School Jazz/Tap Dance

This an open level class taught on an introductory level.  The first semester will emphasize the principles of jazz including isolations, conditioning, strength, flexibility and the introduction of various dance influences on jazz–African, swing, Broadway. The second semester will emphasize the principles of tap dance including the 12 basic steps of tap, rhythm, and the cultural and historical significance of tap. This is a great class for theater and musical theater students (male and female) to increase physical awareness, rhythm, and movement ability.

Grades 9-12, majors and non-majors. Pre-requisites:  Permission of instructor required.

 

Cultural Dance Styles

This Course introduces students to physical characteristics, aesthetics, and functions of dance in a variety of cultures and historical periods. In addition to offering cross-cultural perspectives on dance, this course helps students understand their contributions to that world. Topics include: dance as cultural identity, dance as expression of the individual. Rooted in the study of the Elements of Dance, students will explore dances from various cultures including African, Latin, European and Eastern Folk Dance and early American cultural dance styles including soft-shoe, lindy hop, swing, jive and disco. Through interaction with instructor and guest artists, readings, discussions, and viewing of filmed and live performance, students come to understand dance as a rich human activity with many different manifestations and applications.

Grades 9-12 majors and non-majors.

Project Motion Dance Ensemble

This class is by audition only. Ensemble dancer’s work with resident and guest choreographers to perfect performance and rehearsal skills culminating in 2-3 fully staged concerts and numerous community appearances. Dancers refine both technical and artistic skills in modern, ballet, and jazz idioms.

Grades 9-12, majors only. Pre-requisites:  By audition only.