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Ballet I
is a magnet dance course that progresses through foundational dance training in the rudiments of ballet in order to develop an appreciation of dance tradition as well as a sense of self-concept, self-expression, and self-discipline.  Units of study include Ballet Technique and Vocabulary, Ballet History, Dancer Wellness, Critical Analysis/Composition, and Dimensions of the Profession.

 

Ballet II is a magnet dance course that progresses through rigorous and sound technical dance training in ballet on the intermediate level in order to achieve kinesthetic and critical awareness as well as proficiency of technical skill.  Units of study include Ballet Technique, Ballet History, Dimensions of Wellness, Critical Analysis/Composition, and Dimensions of the Profession. 

 

Modern Dance I is a magnet dance course that provides foundational training in modern dance for students to develop sound technical proficiency at the elementary level of modern dance.  Students also examine modern dance pioneers/founders and develop skills in self-evaluation, reflection, self-discipline, and self-reliance in order to progress to Modern II-IV.  Units of study include Technique, History, Dimensions of the Profession, Critical Analysis, and Creative Composition. 

 

Modern Dance II is a magnet dance course that provides technical training at the intermediate level of modern dance for students to progress and develop their flexibility, endurance, strength, alignment, coordination, and understanding of modern dance at the intermediate level.  Through the study of modern dance at this level, students identify and demonstrate historical, ethnic, and social dance forms that influenced Black Concert Dance.  Units of study include Technique, History, Dimensions of the Profession, Critical Analysis, and Creative Composition. 

 

NOTE: The discipline of dance at the magnet level requires both a high degree of interest and talent in terms of the physical, creative, and expressive aspects of the art form. As a result of the in-depth and rigorous study of dance, the students develop emotional and physical stamina, risk-taking abilities, and deeper knowledge of the art form and their world.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES:

Dance I is an introductory movement course in the fundamentals of ballet, modern, and jazz.  Each unit of study includes dance technique, history, anatomy, written/reading assignments, in-class evaluations, and a countywide final exam.  Additional study includes cultural and social dance forms.  This course will not satisfy the Grade 9 or 10 physical education requirement. 

 

Dance II is offered to students who have had Dance I or have one to three years of sufficient outside training.  Units of study include ballet, modern, and jazz with further instruction in cultural and social forms, history, anatomy, improvisation, and composition.  Students will have written/reading assignments, in-class evaluations, and a countywide final exam.  There is one required performance in a dance concert.  This course will not satisfy the Grade 9 or 10 physical education requirement.

 

Dance III continues the work in ballet, modern, and jazz techniques.  Students will begin to focus on the development of performance skills.  Anatomy, dance history, improvisation, and composition will enrich the course of study.  Twentieth century theatrical and social dance will be explored experientially and historically.  Students will have written/reading assignments, in-class evaluations, and a countywide final exam.  Students will perform in various concerts throughout the year.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Dance IV is an intermediate/advanced course offered to students interested in progressing to an advanced level and gaining more performance experiences.  Further development in ballet, modern, jazz, and historical, cultural, social forms is correlated with a concentration on performance.  Students will have written/reading assignments, in-class evaluations, student/teacher assessments, a mid-term, and final exam.  Students will perform throughout the year. This course may be repeated for credit.