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Course Title: Ballet 1

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level: 9th – 12th


Prerequisite: None

May be used to qualify for high school P.E. credit (leotard, tights, and ballet shoes are required)

This course is designed to give the students a foundation of classical ballet through movement, discussion and exploration of technique.

Student will learn the fundamental ballet techniques. Students will gain valuable insights into mental focus, line and rhythm.

 

Course Title: Modern Dance 1/2

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level: 9th – 12th

Prerequisite: Dance Foundations

May be used to qualify for high school P.E. credit (P.E. clothes and bare feet or ballet shoes are required)

An intermediate level Modern dance course that emphasizes the development of technical proficiency and content vocabulary. The

second in a series, this course will create an awareness of the impact of modern dance on history and culture. The students will process,

analyze and respond to these facets of modern dance. Topics include perspectives on Modern dance history and techniques with a focus

on second generation dance artists and an introduction to African-American artists. This course is designed for SAE dance majors.

 

Course Title: Modern Dance 2/3

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level: 9th – 12th

Prerequisite: Modern Dance 1/2

May be used to qualify for high school P.E. credit

This course is the third in a series of Modern dance courses. Emphasis is placed on intermediate dance vocabulary, concepts, techniques, and anatomy. Students manipulate elements of choreography and rhythmic studies in movement. Topics include perspectives on Modern dance history and techniques with a focus on third generation Modern dance artists and an introduction to post-modern concepts. This course is designed for dance majors and all students interested in Modern dance. Students will apply the elements of modern dance, choreography, and dance appreciation in student created performances.

 

Course Title: Dance Foundations

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level: 9th  Prerequisite: Audition

2.0 GPA performance requirements; Parent must attend mandatory meeting and must participate and support activities.

May be used to qualify for high school P.E. credit (P.E. clothes and shoes are required) Students will be required to stay after school to practice and participate in the school performances. Students must perform at school and community events. Parent must attend mandatory meeting and must participate in support activities.

 

Course Title: Dance Composition

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level: 10th – 12th

Prerequisite: Audition, 2.0 GPA performance requirements; Parent must attend mandatory meeting and must participate and support activities.

Introduction to the fundamental elements and underlying principles of the craft and art of dance composition emphasizing practical experience in structuring solo and group choreography. This course is designed for SAE dance majors.

 

Course Title: Global Perspectives

Course Length: One Year (10 credits) Grade Level: 10th – 12th

Prerequisite: None

Survey of Western and non-Western dance forms both as reflective of cultural history and as an art form from ancient times to the present. Study of specific dance technique, performance theory, repertory section, and/or methodology emphasizing an experiential understanding of the specific genre. Lecture, discussion, and dance movement are part of the course. Examination of practices of choreography, improvisation, and technique in different cultural settings and historical eras. Introduction to field of dance studies through analysis of broad spectrum of philosophies and practices within global context, with focus on creative act of dance-making, thinking and understanding act of improvising, and diverse ways of training one’s body. By framing process of analysis within array of historical periods and cultural settings, development of capacity to engage with dance as lived social and artistic practice while refining critical seeing, thinking, and writing skills