Dance

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

DANCE

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

Dance 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 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 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 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.

IDS Hawaiian 10/11/12

This 4 credit course will allow students to pursue knowledge in Hawaiian and Polynesian dance styles. Students must complete 120 hours of study within 10 months, but they can complete these hours earlier. Under teacher supervision, students will learn dance techniques, choreography, history of Polynesian cultures, and other aspects of Polynesian dance such as costuming and performance. The 120 hours can include your in school practice times, home practice times, any related research, and performances. You are expected to document your learning through text, hours, video, and photos online. You may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital. Open to grade 10-12 girls and boys as a 9th course outside your normal school schedule. This course can be taken in conjunction with Break Dance IDS, but the student will only receive 4 credits total. This course also covers the daily physical hours required for graduation. No previous experience or prerequisite required.  Students in grade 8 and 9 may join this group as club members, but will not receive course credit.

IDS Break Dance 10/11/12

This 4 credit course will allow students to pursue dance knowledge in Breaking or B-boying. Students must complete 120 hours of study within 10 months. Under teacher supervision, students will learn breaking techniques, choreography, history of Break Dance, and other aspects of breaking such as costuming and performance. The 120 hours can include your in school practice times, home practice times, any related research, and performances. You are expected to document your learning through text, hours, video, and photos online. You may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital. Open to grade 10-12 girls and boys as a 9th course outside your normal school schedule. This course can be taken in conjunction with Hawaiian IDS, but the student will only receive 4 credits total. This course also covers the daily physical hours required for graduation. No previous experience or prerequisite required.  Students in grade 8 and 9 may join this group as club members, but will not receive course credit.

Dance Conditioning 11/12

Dance Conditioning is for beginner to advanced students.  No prior experience is required.  It is recommended that students already registered in another dance class take this course at the same time to increase their skills.  Students will learn how to increase their flexibility, strength, agility, and fluidity in their movements.  Class work will focus on ballet, modern, and jazz technique beginning in a warm up and continuing into across the floor work and combinations.  Students registered in this course will not learn a final dance number for performance, so it is a great course for those who are nervous about performing in front of an audience.  Students will be evaluated on attendance, attitude, effort, and how quickly and accurately they learn dance skills.

Dance Performance 11

Perfect for the beginner to advanced dancer, Dance Performance 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.  Usually more than 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 Performance 12

This course is an extension of the gr.11 level, but students are not required to have Dance Performance 11 as a pre-requisite.  This is a great course for beginner to intermediate dancers, but adjustments in difficulty levels are made for more advanced students as well. 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 Choreography 11

It is recommended to have previous experience in a general dance class or taken at the same time of Dance Performance 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 Choreography 12

It is recommended to have previous experience in a general dance class or taken at the same time of Dance Performance 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 Company 9/10/11/12

Dance Company is open to grade 9 to 12 students.  This is considered 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.  Students must audition or get a recommendation from the dance teacher in order to take this course.  It is recommended that students take an additional dance class in either performance, choreography, or conditioning to help with their overall learning.

 

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