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Dance Curriculum 2017-18

Specialized courses in dance include:

Intro to Dance AB "Pre-Academy" –Core/College preparatory

Intro to Dance Arts is an introduction to the physical aspects of dance.  Students are immersed in dance conditioning that supports training in ballet and modern.

Pre-Academy Ballet is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet for the dance major with limited previous training. This class focuses on the concepts of ballet through techniques and terminology developed by the Royal Academy of Dance.  Students begin to build technical foundations with increasing physical and technical demands, as well as self-discipline, and artistic expression. To advance to Ballet I, students must master increased levels of strength and flexibility, as well as new skills and terminology. Embedded in this course curriculum is body conditioning as appropriate for ballet dancers, as well as a basic introduction to Dance Anatomy. (Thursdays)

Pre-Academy Modern is an introduction to the fundamentals of modern/contemporary technique and vocabulary for the dance major with little or limited previous study and experience.  Students receive instruction in basic modern technique designed to develop balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and endurance in the various styles of modern dance.  This course will also include modalities such as Pilates, Yoga, Strength and Conditioning. (Monday).

 

Ballet I AB –Core/College preparatory

Ballet I AB requires a placement audition into the Dance Academy and is a course for the dance major with beginning to basic training. Each dance student follows a rigorous approach to the study of ballet for two consecutive semesters. This class focuses on the concepts of ballet through techniques and terminology developed by the Royal Academy of Dance.  Students begin to build technical foundations with increasing physical and technical demands, as well as self-discipline, and artistic expression. Students must master increased levels of strength and flexibility, as well as new skills and terminology. Embedded in this course curriculum is body conditioning as appropriate for ballet dancers, as well as a basic introduction to Dance Anatomy, and Ballet History.

Ballet II AB –Core/College preparatory

Ballet II AB is a course for the dance major with basic to intermediate training. Students have previous study and experience in classical ballet. Each dance student follows a rigorous approach to the study of ballet for two consecutive semesters. This class focuses on the concepts of ballet through techniques and terminology developed by the Royal Academy of Dance.  Students continue to build technical foundations with increased physical and technical demands, as well as self-discipline, and artistic expression. Students must master increased levels of strength and flexibility, as well as new skills and terminology. In addition, at this level students are expected to begin pre-pointe or basic pointe work.  Embedded in this course curriculum is beginning level Character Dance technique as well as Dance Anatomy, and Ballet History.

Ballet / Pointe III AB –Core/College preparatory

Ballet III is a course for the dance major with intermediate to advanced training with previous study and experience in classical ballet technique and pointe-work. Each dance student follows a rigorous approach to the study of ballet for two consecutive semesters. This class is designed to provide students with an opportunity to continue their pursuit of classical ballet technique with an emphasis on technical development, extended movement combinations and coordination, thus the refinement of the student’s physical instrument. In this course students will work on their performance skills and qualities, musicality, artistry and continue to improve their ballet technique with repetition and attention to detail as well as strengthening and stretching exercises. This study will include extensive work at the barre and in center and a proficient understanding of ballet technique, using the concepts of ballet through Western European techniques and syllabi developed by Agrippina Vaganova.  Embedded in this course is also intermediate level Character-Dance technique as well as Ballet History, Master-classes and field trips.

Ballet / Pointe IV AB –Core/College preparatory

Ballet IV is a course for the dance major with previous intermediate-advanced study and experience in classical ballet technique and pointe-work. Each dance student follows a rigorous conservatory approach to the study of ballet for two consecutive semesters. This class is designed to provide students with an opportunity to continue their pursuit of classical ballet technique with an emphasis on technical development, extended movement combinations and coordination, thus the refinement of the student’s physical instrument. In this course students will work on their performance skills and qualities, musicality and artistry and continue to improve their ballet technique at an advanced level with repetition and attention to detail as well as strengthening and stretching exercises. This study will include extensive work at the barre and in center and an advanced understanding of ballet technique, using the concepts of ballet through Western European techniques and syllabi developed by Agrippina Vaganova.  Embedded in this course are also advanced level Character-Dance technique as well as Ballet History, Master-classes and Field trips.

Contemporary Modern 1 & 2 (Coursework graded under Modern), is an introduction to the fundamentals of Contemporary technique and vocabulary for the dance major with little or limited previous study and experience.  Students receive instruction in basic contemporary technique designed to develop balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness.  As students acquire strength and a basic understanding of these techniques, their study will expand to movement across the floor, simple dance combinations, improvisations, and solo/group work. Students will gain body awareness, increasing the student's ease and range of motion, and personal expression. This course will also include Pilates, Yoga, and Dancer Health (injury prevention/diet/health for dancers). This Contemporary Modern dance class consists of floor warm-up, center floor exercises and combinations, locomotor exercises and combinations, improvisation and basic composition. 

Contemporary Modern Level 3 & 4 (Coursework graded under Modern), provides an intensified study of intermediate/advanced contemporary/modern technique and discussion in an explorative, creative, and disciplined environment. Emphasis will be placed on continuing a strong foundation in technique in an effort to develop: ideal alignment; spinal/torso articulation; coordination; balance; strength and flexibility; endurance; multilevel and spatial awareness; a sense of weight; musicality; and dynamic use of space. This course provides opportunity for challenging and complex movement combinations, progressions, and center work that require technical precision and a range of performance qualities.  Student curriculum will also include improvisations, solo/group work, and choreography.  Contemporary 3 & 4 will culminate with the overall development of artistry and creative expression of the dancer, with a deepened understanding of the body as an instrument for expression. This course will also include an exploration of Pilates, Yoga, and Dancer Health (injury prevention/diet/health for dancers).

This Contemporary modern dance class consists of floor warm-up, center floor exercises and combinations, locomotor exercises and combinations, improvisation and basic composition.

Graham Technique - Modern Dance II, III, IV AB Credit Embedded into Modern Coursework

Students will be immersed in the artistic philosophy and physical technique of Martha Graham, the pioneer of Modern Dance. A key focus of this class will be teaching students how to bring emotional value, artistic expression and deep internal focus to their work. Students will be engaged in learning and developing beginning to intermediate Graham movement principles, such as: seated, standing and falling contractions, spirals, pleadings and the integration of detailed breath work.

Compositional Studies and Modern Repertoire II, III, IV      

This course will examine the fundamental elements of choreography and composition, such as: spatial relationship, force, motif, repetition, and gesture. A strong emphasis will also be placed on understanding the creative process and the ’artistic value’ of composition. Students will discover how the artist applies clear intention, and makes authentic and innovative choices that ultimately articulate personal meaning. Students will have the opportunity to develop and perform their own compositional work throughout the year, including solo studies, duets and small group pieces.  Students will study repertory from a variety of master works by internationally acclaimed choreographers - providing the opportunity to analyze various aesthetic approaches and experience the detailed scaffolding found in well crafted work.  Graduating students who are preparing audition pieces for college entrance will have the opportunity to develop and refine their work during the class.

Dance Minor 3 & Dance Minor 4 AB (Non-college preparatory)

Dance Minor 3 & Dance Minor 4 are courses for the dance major with intermediate to advanced training. Students have advanced through the levels of Dance Academy and have previous study in jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, pointe and character.  Each dance student follows a rigorous approach to the study of these styles for two consecutive semesters. One day a week, the ladies and gentlemen will work separately in order to allow the ladies to focus on learning classical repertoire while the men focus on strengthening male techniques. Students continue to build technical foundations with increased physical and technical demands,  as well as self-discipline, and artistic expression. Students must master increased levels of strength and flexibility, as well as new skills and terminology.

Physical Techniques for 9th & 10th for Dance Pre-Academy- 2, Theatre, and Music

The objective of Physical Techniques is to prepare students for their Physical Fitness Test (PFT), while allowing Performing Arts Academy students to work across all performing arts disciplines- Dance (Jazz/Tap/theatre dance), Theatre and Music.  Physical Techniques 9/10 is a wheel course in which students will spend 5-6 weeks in 1 or 2 units of in-depth Musical Theatre study.  Every 5-6 weeks, students will rotate into 1-2 NEW units of study.  Coursework will cover:  Dance (jazz/tap/theatre dance) technique and vocabulary for Musical Theatre;  Acting the Song; and Vocals for Musical Theatre.  All units are “physical” in nature, and will include cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, and endurance exercises.  Students will participate in weekly running.  Students will be given weekly assessment grades and will be trained and tested for the PFT in 6 areas: mile run, push-ups, curl-ups, trunk lift, flexibility, and Body Mass Index.  This course will culminate with a Musical Theatre demonstration performance which fuses each discipline-Dance, Theatre, and Music.

Artists in Residence Courses

Dance Academy will host various Artists in Residence throughout the school year. Teaching Artists come from a variety of dance backgrounds, styles, and dance genres. These artists will remain with the academy for an extended period of time (3-6 weeks). In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend Master Classes, Workshops, field trips, and work with guest choreographers in our Spring Dance Concert.

Artist in Residence 2017-2018:  Madeleine Dahm, Conny Mathot

Guest Teachers:  2017-2018 Alexis Carra, Adam Parson, Yuki Shundo, Marissa Osato, Baden Silva, Hai Cohen, Cassie Dzienny, Khamari Bendolf, Cedric Dodd 

Artist in Residence 2016-17: Anindo Marshall, Andrew Pearson, Madeleine Dahm

Guest Choreographers 2016-17: Terry Beeman, Andrew Pearson, Cedric Dodd