Dance II Grades 9-12

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    This course is an enhancement of developed ability through introduction of advanced dance, vocabulary, musicality, and aesthetics. This course will build on all content/skills/activities from Introduction to Dance and Dance I.

    Movement Elements in Performing Arts
    1-31,2a. Demonstrate a high level of consistency and reliability in performing technical skills.
    1-3,62,4b. Perform technical skills with artistic expression, demonstrating clarity, musicality, and stylistic nuance in a broad dynamic range.
    1,22,4c. Demonstrate projection while performing dance skills.
    1-31-4d. Refine technique through self-evaluation and correction.
    e. Demonstrate skill in balancing, suspending, initiating, isolations, and tilts.
    Choreographic Principles, Processes, and Structure
    1-51,2a. Demonstrate further development and refinement of skills to create a small group dance with coherence and aesthetic unity.
    1-5b. Accurately describe how a choreographer manipulated and developed the basic movement content in a dance.
    Create and Communicate Meaning
    51,3,41,2,5a. Examine ways that a dance creates and conveys meaning by considering the dance from a variety of perspectives.
    1-44,51-4b. Compare and contrast how meaning is communicated in two personal choreographic works.
    Critical and Creative Thinking Skills in Dance
    1,5961,2,6,8a. Discuss how skills developed in dance are applicable to a variety of careers.
    1-3, 5,71-4, 6-81-43,4,6b. Analyze the style of a choreographer (e.g., George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, and Laura Dean), or cultural form (e.g., bharata natyam, and classical ballet).
    1-4, 6-81-7c. Analyze issues of ethnicity, gender, social/economic class, age, and/or physical condition in relation to dance.
    Demonstrate and Understand Dance
    2-6,826a. Create a time line illustrating important dance events in the twentieth century, placing them in their social/historical/cultural/political contexts.
    1-4,7,81-31-6b. Compare and contrast the role and significance of dance in two different social/historical/cultural/political contexts.
    Dance and Healthful Living
    8,93,6,7a. Discuss challenges facing professional performers in maintaining healthful lifestyles.
    Dance and Other Disciplines
    1-41-42,3,5,6a. Compare one choreographic work to one other artwork from the same culture and time period in terms of how those works reflect the artistic/cultural/historical context.
    3,4,61,6b. Create an interdisciplinary project using media technology, such as video or computer, that present dance in a new or enhanced form (e.g., video dance, video/computer-aided live performance, or animation).


    • Critiques
    • Dance Rubric
    • Journaling
    • Mastery of assigned literature
    • Participation in class
    • Reports
    • Research
    • Self-evaluation
    • Short and long combinations
    • Student generated: tests, choreography, videos
    • Student audience critique
    • Teacher evaluation of overall performance
    • Video performance
    • Written tests

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