Dance courses are designed with a focus on:
Development of Skills and Technique (body weight placement, competency in skill elements (turns, jumps, extensions, etc), phrasing, and partner dancing
Improvisation: Student develop improvised structures through the combination of self-created movements;
Choreography: Student creates a dance with a beginning, development, elaboration, resolution and ending
Performance: Student will make a presentation demonstrating dance techniques, phrasing, and personal style
Students learn how dance tells a story or illustrates a culture. They learn how to create and perform dance forms to communicate thoughts and ideas as well as techniques of choreography. Our teaching artists often collaborate on a final show, which could, for example, comprise African dance with accompaniment by African drumming students. Dance is a window into our society and students are eager to participate.
Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Such dances include the Jive, Waltz, Salsa, Samba, Merengue, Quick Step.
African Traditional Movement: Done bare-foot / flat-footed / gliding, dragging and shuffling steps, crouched position, imitates animals, improvisation, and individual expression, propulsive rhythm, often with a swinging quality
Developing strong content knowledge for basic music literacy skills, with a focus on simple rhythmic patterns. Coursework will strengthen student independence by supporting students to improvise musical rhythms and incorporate melodic contours through signing. It will also make a strong emphasis on movement, allowing students to explore rhythmic patterns through motion. Students will also be presented with opportunities to make personal connects through discussions centered on the cultural aspects of the music presented, including relevance to current social topics.
Brazilian dance and movement involving quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.
Dances specific to a certain country/region, such as African traditional dance and Native American dances or concert/presentational dance
A spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development