Welcome to Dance I
Available M-F 12:17 - 1:44
Dance I is an introductory course examining dance as art, communication, and artistic expression. The class will focus on basic dance technique in various genres, proper body alignment, coordination, rhythm, strength, agility, dance vocabulary, and dance as a performing art. No previous dance experience is required.
REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS
· Students will need a small notebook or file folder to leave in the classroom for journaling.
· Students must have workout clothes for every class: leggings, athletic pants, etc.
· Dance shoes, socks, or bare feet are allowed for class work.
CLASS RULES/EXPECTATIONS/PROCEDURES/DEDUCTIONS FOR PARTICIPATION GRADE
· Demonstrate respect to instructor, peers, classroom, and daily work.
· Be on time to class.
· 5 minutes are allowed at the beginning of class to use the restroom and dress out. Failure to be in starting positions after the 5 minute time allotment will result in point deductions from participation grade.
· No food, drink or gum in the dance room or dressing rooms.
· For safety purposes, no large jewelry should be worn on the dance floor.
· Cell phones must remain off and out of sight during class.
· No social talking during instruction.
· Verbal warning
· Lowered participation grade
· Parent contact
· Discipline referral
· Participation – 60 %
· Technique/Classwork/Tests – 40%
Daily technique and participation grades will be earned. Points will be earned or taken away according to the student’s technical skills and participation choices. Students are eligible to earn a total of 20 points each day in classwork/technique and 20 points for participation. These daily technique and participation grades will be weighted according to the above scale to create one major grade for the week.
Participation grades may be lowered due to the following:
· Failure to dress out
· Tardy to roll call
· Chewing gum
· Disruptive behavior
· Social talking
· Cell phone infraction
Participation grade will be lowered 5 points per day first 9 weeks and 10 points per day second 9 weeks. This deduction will be seen in the weekly grade.
Students will take a written exam at the end of the semester which will count as 20% of their final grade.
Overview of Units of Study
1st Nine Weeks:
The Dancer’s Body: Anatomy, Physical Safety
Elements of Dance
Social and Folk Dance
Historically Significant Dancers, Companies, and Major Works
2nd Nine Weeks:
Performance and Production