Intermediate Dance Arts is designed for students who have already taken Introduction to Dance Arts or have prior dance experience. Students will work to further develop dance technique, including body alignment, and proper positioning. They will also learn a more in depth history of dance and its impact on cultures and traditions. They will investigate various professions in dance and dance theater industries, including an exploration of commercial dance and dance for the stage. They will a variety of styles of contemporary dance, including ballet, hip hop, jazz and modern. The students will learn to memorize, analyze, articulate, and perform dance sequences.. They will also choreograph short studies for critique and performance, prepare for a series of public performances, and participate in community outreach.
Students will learn through focused instruction in various dance genres, and engage in daily warm up routines that include:
Choreographed routines in Jazz Fusion and Modern genres are practiced for six week grading periods by the students to help in movement retention and build confidence. In addition, the instructor will choreograph two to three minute progressions of movement across the floor and in the center, based in the technique being studied, and students will be asked to emulate these combinations of movement.
The lecture/CTE component of the course will involve direct instruction related to the key assignments as well as genre related dance history lessons, dance anatomy lessons, lessons on nutrition, educational videos and readings from the class reader. In addition, master classes will expose students to different instructional styles and offer a multicultural experience.
Mondays and Tuesdays: Conditioning and technique
Wednesdays: Jazz Fusion
Fridays: Career Technical Education component includes: Hip Hop master classes, dance history, aesthetic valuing and critique, creative process workshops,
Dance Blog (must include):
Industry Research Project: Students will research a particular choreographer or dance company and create a Blog Post with a biography, a written review (published) video footage with a written overview of each selection, and a works cited page.
Interview Collection (Examples):
Interview with a company manager about maintaining the “physical wellness” of company performers.
Interview with professional company members regarding the creative process in a professional environment, etc.
Interview with a professional dancer regarding process and preparation for a professional performance.
Interview with director or business owner regarding the arts management aspect of dance
Performance Assessments: Students will also participate in a performance assessment for each unit. Students will review each other’s work and offer feedback for revisions.