Dance

Description:

Dance is a performance based program for students interested in pursuing a professional experience in the performing arts. Technique classes include modern dance technique, ballet technique, Afrobeat and hip hop. Technique class has  a consistent form, a sequence of exercises and movement combinations that repeat, vary, or build, from class to class. While students acquire improved skills and a feel for the depth and rigor of technical dance training, the class is taught from the perspective of dance as art making. Students participate in 2-3 sessions per week called, Making Dances. Making Dances sessions happen after technique class and focus on choreography and dance composition (where students learn set material that will be made into a dance piece) and where students are asked to make original material based on a variety of themes and improvisational tools. There are several opportunities for special one day workshops with professional instructors and choreographers in a wide range of subjects. Previous workshops have featured guest teachers in fields such as salsa dancing, Capoeira, West African dance and drumming, theater, musical theater studies, Quebecois step–dancing. Students who complete the program can further their education or enter into the workforce as a choreographer, dancer and more.


Curriculum:

Modern Dance and Ballet Technique

Afrobeat and Hip Hop Technique

Choreography

Introduction to Pilates/Core (Strengthening and Conditioning for Dancers)

Making Dances and Introduction to Dance Composition

Special Projects and Workshops With a Variety of Guest Artists in a Variety of Dance Styles and Interdisciplinary Art Forms


Textbook:

The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement 


National Standards:

California Career and Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards for Dance


Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Career Prep

Fine Arts

Physical Education/Health


Is This Program A Fit?

I enjoy...

‣ Being active

‣ Creating dance choreography

‣ Performing for an audience

I am able to...

‣ Maintain Physical Endurance- sustained periods of standing, and participating in and facilitating gross motor activities

‣ Work Collaboratively- work cooperatively and professionally with classmates

I am comfortable with...

‣ Communication- effective communication to support collaborative professional relationships

‣ Science- human anatomy and nutrition and their impact on the bodies ability to perform