7th & 8th Grade Mixed Dance

Mixed Dance Course Description

This class will feature several different dance styles. This class is for students who are at a beginner/intermediate level. We will spend time focusing on the basics of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, & some Hip Hop techniques. Students will learn vocabulary relating to the varying styles and focus on body movement and a variety of steps. Students will be evaluated quarterly on the material. Students will also engage in Strengthening & Flexibility/ Pilates classes to work on range of motion and conditioning the body. Throughout the year students will have 2 choreography projects and a research projects which will be completed in class quarterly. Dress out clothes and dance shoes are required for this class and will be included in grading.

Course Goals

QUARTER 1: KEY FOCUS POINTS

  • Basic Ballet Principles/Techniques/Barrework
  • Ballet Vocabulary/History
  • Strengthening & Flexibility classes/Pilates
  • Ballet Conditioning
  • Jazz Basic Steps/Movement

 QUARTER 2: KEY FOCUS POINTS

  • Continued focus in ballet basics/barrework/technique
  • Ballet/Jazz Turns and Jumps
  • Spotting
  • Ballet Vocabulary
  • Strengthening & Flexibility classes/Pilates
  • Continued Jazz Instruction and Choreography
  • Project: In-class Written Research Project (Dancer or Choreographer)

 QUARTER 3: KEY FOCUS POINTS

  • Continued Barrework/Technique
  • Ballet Center work (Traveling Movement/Combos/Jumps/Turns)
  • Ballet Vocabulary
  • Jazz/Broadway Choreography
  • Strengthening & Flexibility classes/Pilates
  • Lesson: Choreographic Process
  • Project: Group Hip Hop Choreography Project

 QUARTER 4: KEY FOCUS POINTS

  • Continued Barrework/Technique
  • Ballet Center work (Traveling Movement/Combos/Jumps/Turns)
  • Ballet Vocabulary
  • Contemporary/Lyrical Choreography
  • Strengthening & Flexibility classes/Pilates
  • Review: Choreographic Process
  • National Dance Week
  • Project: Group Mixed Dance Choreography Project

 Evaluation

Quarterly Demonstration Tests

Dressout/Effort/Participation

Projects

Vocabulary Quizzes/Tests

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