Dance

Department Head:  Ms. C. Couch
courtney.couch@sd41.bc.ca

DANCE

Teacher Email
Ms. C. Wilson Christina.wilson@sd41.bc.ca

Dance Foundations 8

Through daily warm ups, across the floor work,  teacher led choreography, and team building exercises, this beginner level course will teach students basic dance technique and performance qualities developed from the elements of movement.  Through a progressive approach, students can expect to improve in strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination; in addition to building confidence and building trust with one another. Students can expect to work individually, in small groups, and as a large class in preparation for the Year End Dance Recital in May. No prior experience or prerequisite required.

Dance Foundations 9

This course is an extension of the gr.8 level, but students do not need to have previous experience. The general structure and content of the course is similar to Dance 8 in its warm ups, across the floor work, and team building exercises, but previous dance technique is coupled with more difficult challenges.  This is a great course for beginner to intermediate dancers and adjustments in difficulty levels are made for more advanced students as well. Through a progressive approach, students can expect to improve in strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination; in addition to building confidence, building trust with one another, and learning how to lead by example. Students can expect to work individually, in small groups, and in a large group in creating one or more class dance pieces in various forms of dance to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital in May. No previous experience or prerequisite required.

Dance Foundations 10

Depending on how the courses are split due to the number of students signing up for dance in each grade level, gr.10 students are usually placed in a split class with either Junior dancers or Senior dancers.  This does not affect the quality of instruction given or the level of difficulty for the grade 10 dancer. An extension to its predecessor, Dance Foundations 9, this course is open to beginner to advanced dancers without any previous experience. The general structure and content of the course is similar to most dance courses in its warm ups, across the floor work, and team building exercises, but dance vocabulary and technique is further developed alongside exploration of choreography. Students can expect to work individually, in small groups, and in larger groups to create one or more class dance pieces in various forms of dance to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital in May.  No previous experience or prerequisite required.

Dance Foundations 11

Perfect for the beginner student, Dance Foundations 11 centers students around all aspects of performance.  Through challenging warm ups, across the floor work, and teacher or student led choreography, students will change their physique in body and mind.  Technique is used to improve strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination, but an important focus is on the performance qualities of any choreography that is introduced in the classroom.  Progressive lessons will allow students to work more effectively in small and larger groups.  One class dance piece is perfected to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital in May.   Students do not need any previous experience in order to take this course.  This course also fulfills the 150 minutes per week DPA required for grad transitions.

Dance Technique & Choreography 11

It is recommended to have previous experience in a general dance class or taken at the same time of Dance Foundations 11, but all students are welcome to take this course.  Students will learn in a progressive environment that includes daily warm up, across the floor technique, group exploration activities, and individual choreography work.  Laban Movement Analysis will be introduced as will the development of their own choreographic techniques.  One class dance will be performed at the Year End Dance Recital in May.  This course focusses on how students can create their own choreography through teacher guided exercises.  This course fulfills the 150 minutes per week DPA required for grad transitions.

Dance Foundations 12

This course is an extension of the  Dance Foundations 11, but students are not required to have Dance Foundations 11 as a pre-requisite.  This is a great course for beginner students. Through challenging warm ups, across the floor work, and teacher or student led choreography, students will change their physique in body and mind.  Technique is used to improve strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination, but an important focus is on the performance qualities of any choreography that is introduced in the classroom.  Progressive lessons will allow students to work more effectively in small and larger groups.  Usually more than one class dance piece is perfected to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital in May.  This course fulfills the 150 minutes per week DPA required for grad transitions.

Dance Technique & Choreography 12

It is recommended to have previous experience in a general dance class or taken at the same time of Dance Performance 12, but all students are welcome to take this course.  Students will learn in a progressive environment that includes daily warm up, across the floor technique, group exploration activities, and individual choreography work.  Laban Movement Analysis will be introduced as will the development of their own choreographic techniques.  One class dance will be performed at the Year End Dance Recital in May.  This course focusses on how students can create their own choreography through teacher guided exercises.  This course fulfills the 150 minutes per week DPA required for grad transitions.

Dance Company 9/10/11/12 *8

Dance Company is open to qualified grade 9 to 12 students who may apply through teacher approval or an audition.  This course is an honours class for students who are highly motivated and those who have extensive previous dance training or experience in either modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, or breakdance.  It is recommended that students take an additional dance class in either dance foundations or one of the after school dance courses to speed up their technical learning.

*In special circumstances, exceptional gr.8 students may be hand selected by the teacher to be in this course.

BCSD

BCSD (B.C. Provincial School for the Deaf) Dance Program

The BCSD Dance Program is open to all gr.8-12 students from our Deaf & Hard of Hearing programs.  Due to increased interest in the dance program by our BCSD students, a special class exclusive to BCSD students was developed to better service their needs. This program greatly improves the mobility and balance in our students while offering another way for these dancers to express themselves.  The challenge of communicating with one another while dancing forces students to use problem solving and critical thinking skills.  BCSD students may also take after school dance courses.

Dance Leadership 11/12

Dance Leadership is open to grade 11 and 12 students who have previously taken dance courses at Burnaby South. Students should have a working knowledge of how the dance studio is run and must represent the Burnaby South Dance Program in a positive manner. Students may be teamed up with a dance class to learn how to lead warm-ups, help with choreography, learn how to manage a classroom, and how to problem solve different situations that may arise in a classroom. Some students may be in a block with just the teacher in which they help the teacher with costumes, organization, choreography and may get an opportunity to work on special solo projects.

Hawaiian, Breakdance, Jazz 10/ 11/ 12 *8/9

This 4 credit course is open to grade 10 to 12 students with any level of dance experience and is considered a 9th course in your schedule as an after school course. *Grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. No previous experience is necessary. Students have a choice to concentrate on either Hawaiian, Breakdance, Jazz/Modern or all three at the same time. Students will learn dance techniques, choreography, history, and other aspects of these dance styles such as costuming and performance. You may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital. This course covers the daily physical hours required for graduation. Class times are set in September by the teacher and are dependent on student schedules. All are welcome!

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