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Courses

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

PE-Dance & Accelerated PE Dance

Physical Education-Dance (PE-Dance) introduce students to beginning level concepts in jazz, ballet and modern dance technique. Students will explore these dance forms and improvisational movements while observing, analyzing and critiquing their own works and those of others to monitor growth in dance skills. The student will develop a lifetime appreciation for the art of dance as well as become more physically fit, increase muscle memory, gain strength, improve stamina and increase flexibility. Training will include assisting students in developing the technical skills of dance and relationship between their persona and body. Students will gain hands-on experience by concurrent dance instruction and/or formal and informal performances. The course culminates with an end of the year live performance. Term: One year/two semesters


Dance 1 & Accelerated Dance 1

Dance 1 is designed to develop intermediate level technical skills in jazz, ballet and modern dance technique.  Students will explore these dance forms and improvisational movements while observing, analyzing and critiquing their own works and those of others to monitor growth in dance skills and performances.  Students will also examine the role of dance in historical and contemporary culture and observe dance using an aesthetic perspective. Training will include assisting students in developing the technical skills of dance and relationship between their persona and body.  Students will gain hands-on experience by concurrent dance instruction and/or formal and informal performances in front of an audience. Term: One year/two semesters


Dance 2

Students will explore choreography and advanced level concepts in jazz and modern dance technique. Students will learn to observe, analyze and critique their own works and those of others to monitor growth in dance skills, choreography and performances. Students will understand how dance plays a role in historical and contemporary culture. Students will further refine their ability to observe and analyze dance using an aesthetic perspective. Training will include guiding students in the development of refined physical coordination skills to perform the technical skills of dance and developing movement ideas into choreographic concepts and ideas. Students will continue to explore their persona and body in relationship to multiple genres as well as to develop an artistic voice.. Students will be able to demonstrate highly developed physical coordination when performing complex locomotor and axial movements. Students should be able to apply a wide range of kinesthetic communication, demonstrating clarity of intent and stylistic nuances. Students will critically assess and derive meaning from works of personal, peer, live/recorded works of dance and performance of dancers according to the elements of dance and aesthetic qualities. Students will produce works of art for peers and live audiences. Term: One year/two semesters


Conservatory of Dance & Dance 3

This year long course extended day program (Period 6, 7, and 8) is designed to prepare students for employment in the professional dance industry.. Students will explore a variety of dance forms and improvisational movements while observing, analyzing and critiquing their own works and those of others to monitor growth in dance skills and performances in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop and some forms of world dance. Students will also examine the role of dance in historical and contemporary culture and observe dance using an aesthetic perspective. Training will include assisting students in developing the technical skills of dance and relationship between their persona and body, thus allowing the dancer to meet the physical, intellectual, emotional, and creative demands of a future as a professional in the industry. Students will be introduced to computer technology related to dance. Students will gain hands-on experience by concurrent dance instruction and/or formal and informal performances in front of an audience. In addition, students will explore and learn dance related employment opportunities by participating in project based learning/work experience teams focused on fundraising/marketing, choreography, educational outreach and production management. These teams will be responsible for supporting dance program events and programs. The Conservatory of Dance is by audition only.