9th Grade-Intro to Dance

Class: M T Th F


Cycle: 40 days


Duration: 1 Hour 


Location: 98 (Dance Studio) Basement



Description:  Introduction to the basic concepts and principles of  Modern/Post Modern, Jazz Vernacular, and Social/Cultural dance through readings, studio experiences, discussions, and video presentations.


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.


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: 


To enable student achievement of the learning goals, I will: 


• Provide example, explain, analyze, and lead explorations of movement exercises and combinations designed specifically to develop the skills   

   required for achievement of learning goals

• Observe your daily work in class and (a) orally assess your achievement of learning goals, and (b) make recommendations for improvement in 

   achieving learning goals 

• Provide opportunities for individual appointments in which we may discuss your learning efforts; 

• Provide opportunities for you to assess your own progress toward the actual achievement of the learning goals; 

• Quizzes/Exams conducted throughout the semester 

*Schedule TBA * not every student will receive individual feedback during each class, but all 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 presented, as well as to explanations and analyses of its specific components;

• Listen carefully to and physically apply all corrections and recommendations for improvement that I provide in class; 

• Learn the movement material as quickly as you can through observation and practice;

Explore and perform the movement material with the goal of learning and understanding its intended benefit. (This means that not 

   everything needs to be executed “perfectly”. Instead your ongoing movement assignment is 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.


Grading:

Your achievement in mastering the learning goals to the degree appropriate for this course will provide a reference for calculating a portion of your final letter grade. Your attendance record and your record for turning in any written assignments will be additional factors in calculating your final letter grade. Your letter grade will be determined as follows:


90-100=A

80-85=B

70-75=C

65=D

64-Below=F


Your grade will be calculated using the following formula: 

1) IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS (participation and completion) will be 40% of your grade. This includes maintaining a notebook with notes and 

    documents from this class. Notebooks will be checked throughout the semester. Students will be graded individually for all assignments including 

    group work. 

2) EXAMS/Quizzes/Homework will contribute 30% of your grade.  Exams and quizzes will be announced during the semester. 

3) INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP PROJECTS will contribute 30% of your grade. Some written responses will be required 

4) ATTENDANCE—1/3 letter grade subtracted for every unexcused absence beyond the allowance for this course. Excessive unexcused absences 

    will result in failing the course.


For each unexcused absence over the number allowed, your final grade will drop 1/3 of a letter (for example, from an A- to a B+). THERE ARE AFTER SCHOOL MAKE UP CLASSES. When injured or ill (but not contagious), students may still be counted as present and participating if they attend class and move to the degree the infirmity allows. Watching class due illness is not permitted. Remember, if you are too sick or injured to take class then you should stay home and a parent/guardian should notify the school, and please consider seeing a physician. Remember to make choices that are healthy for you.


Participation:


If you arrive after the class has started please wait until I recognize you before joining the class. If you are late repeatedly you may be asked to sit out, in which case you will be marked as non- participatory. After the first week of class you will be marked tardy each time you are late, 3 tardies equal 1 absence. Two Sit Outs equal one absence. Please notify Ms. Pope of any disabilities or special concerns in writing or by approved documentation stamped by the office.



Topics Covered:


Injury Prevention/Warm-Up/Cool Down

Healthy Lifestyle/Nutrition 

Dance History

Making Dances/Choreographic Toolbox 


  
*How to Get A Good Grade*
FOLLOW THE RULES OF THIS SYLLABUS
BE AT SCHOOL REGULARLY 
BE ON TIME TO CLASS 
BE PREPARED FOR CLASS
APPLY YOURSELF MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY IN CLASS KEEP GOOD NOTES AND ALL DOCUMENTS IN NOTEBOOK ON ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED
COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME 
SUBMIT WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS CORRECTLY DEMONSTRATE USE OF LEARNING GOALS

 


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