9th Grade: Introduction to the Elements of Dance & Somatics

Class Schedule:

  • Monday: 7th period
  • Tuesday: 2nd period
  • Thursday: 7th period
  • Friday: 7th period

 Cycle: 9 weeks

 Duration: 1 Hour 

 Location: 98 (Dance Studio) Basement

 


 

Summary/Rationale: 

Students will develop basic skills within dance technique and somatic practices, with an emphasis on skill acquisition and performance.

Outline: 

This course will be conducted through seminar and group learning modules. Students will explore different aspects of dance and its relevance to American culture. All students will participate individually as well as in groups for the following: regular assignments, readings, studio experiences, video presentations.

Essential Questions:

  • What is dance? 
  • What is the structure of a dance class? Why is it important?
  • What is Somatics and how can it help us change our bodies?
  • What are the mechanics of the body? How do we use it?
  • What is a warm up? Why is it important in dance?
  • What is technique?
  • Compare/contrast the warm up and technique. What is similar? Different? Why?

Student Learning Goals: 

 Students in this course will learn to: 

  • Gain ideas and appreciation for reading/viewing dance as a performing art 
  • Use and understand movement and dance as a form of intelligence 
  • Work independently and in groups to solve movement challenges 
  • Understand the history and development of dance 
  • Explore contemporary culture for connections to first three learning goals listed above

Teaching Strategies: 

Students will be:

  • Provided with examples, explanations, and lead thru explorations of movement exercises and combinations designed specifically to develop the skills required for achievement of learning goals‬.
  • Observed of daily work in class.
  • Orally assessed on achievement of learning goals, and given recommendations for improvement in achieving learning goals 
  • Provide opportunities for individual appointments to discuss learning efforts.
  • Provide opportunities to assess individual progress towards achievement of the learning goals.
  • Through quizzes, exams & written assignments conducted throughout the semester 

 *Students will‬ receive individual feedback regularly throughout the course of the grading cycle.

 Evaluation Methods and Guidelines for Assignments: 

 The fundamental and ongoing assignments in this class are to: 

  • Attend to material, explanations and analyses of material and its specific components.
  • Listen carefully to and physically apply all corrections and recommendations for improvement that are provided in class.
  • Learn the movement material as quickly as you can through observation and practice.
  • Explore and perform the movement with the goal of learning and understanding its intended benefit.  You will have the opportunity to test your own physical boundaries within a given exercise.
  • Reflect in writing as assigned on your progress toward and actual achievement of the learning goals;
  • Observe others to aid you in your own learning process.

 Topics Covered:

  • Anatomy: Basic knowledge of muscles & bones.
  • Healthy Living & Nutrition 
  • Somatics/Body Conditioning thru The Pilates Method: proper ways of stretching and injury prevention.
  • Foundations of Classical & Modern/Contemporary techniques
  • Dance history, vocabulary, and innovators that influenced the style studied.
  • Choreography & Dance making

Grading System (Refer to Dance Student Handbook)

All students start the year with 100%. It will be each students responsibility to maintain their average. Grades are earned, not given. All information for grading may be found at www.pupilpath.com. Dance courses are required for graduation. Failure of course will result in attending summer school.

  • Grading system for all Dance Classes:
    • A=100-90
    • B= 89-80
    • C=79-70
    • D=69-65
    • F=55 & under
  • Participation/Attendance: 70%
    • Unexcused absences will be marked as a 0%. If you are absent, you are not participating. 
    • 3 tardies = 1 absence. (Excessive unexcused absences will resulting in failing the course.)
    • 2 sit outs = 1 absence.
    • Class group work & tasks during class time
    • Dance Attire: is mandatory. Students must still participate if they are present without dance attire. It will result in 50% for daily participation grade.
    • Participation is based on: (Daily point System 1-6)
      • Effort
      • Organization
      • Work Ethic
      • Skills Improvement
      • Group Engagement 
      • Attendance
  • Written Assignments/Journal Entries: 10%
    • Quizzes
    • Reflections
    • Class Notes
    • Journal Entries
  • Final Project: 20%
    • Group Performance & written component.

 *How to Get A Good Grade*

  • FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE DANCE STUDENT HANDBOOK
  • BE AT SCHOOL REGULARLY 
  • BE ON TIME TO CLASS 
  • BE PREPARED FOR CLASS
  • APPLY YOURSELF MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY IN CLASS 
  • KEEP GOOD NOTES & DOCUMENTS IN NOTEBOOK ON ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED
  • COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME 
  • SUBMIT WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS CORRECTLY DEMONSTRATE USE OF LEARNING GOALS.
  • DO YOUR BEST!






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