Dance II Grades 9-12

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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