Introduction to Dance Arts is an introductory exploration of dance theory, dance history, basic technique, and the choreographic process. This course is designed to aid in the transition to a level-one/two class in any dance discipline. Additionally, students will do basic career exploration, take classes from industry professionals, research careers in dance, and learn about the history of the profession
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 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 will include: unit reflections, career exploration research-3 professions in dance, aesthetic valuing of videos, dance history for Ballet