Course of Study
Fall Semester/Physical Education
During the fall semester the class will work primarily on kinesthetic movement in both locomotor and axial forms, as they apply to precision dance performance and training.
1st six weeks: conditioning and strength, endurance, flexibility, basic dance through dance vocabulary.
2nd six weeks: continuing work as covered in first six weeks on an intermediate to advanced level; begin covering essential elements of choreography and creative movement.
3rd six weeks: advanced level conditioning; circuit training on dance technique; initiate choreography assignments.
Spring Semester/Dance I-IV
Class will explore one or more areas of dance (including modern, ballet, folk/ethnic, jazz or tap) through vocabulary, skills and technique, creative choreography and artistic
4th six weeks: development of proper technique through choreography
assignments and performance opportunities.
5th six weeks: a continuation of the 4th six weeks activities on an intermediate to advanced level; dance
production activities that may incorporate movement for the stage or other
exhibition dance performances will be introduced.
6th six weeks: review and evaluation of written and performance skills in dance (tryouts, stage show, final exam, competition and choreography assignments).
The following criteria can be used to determine each student's six weeks grade:
(dressing out in proper attire each day and participating in daily activities)
Skills and written exams.....................40%
(skills and written tests on dance vocabulary, dance history and choreography)
(written assignments, performance assignments)
In order to fulfill the daily participation requirement, the student should be dressed in appropriate attire for activities and participate in all assigned activities. If the student cannot fulfill the daily participation due to approved extenuating circumstances (illness, injury, etc), they must complete an alternate assignment for each day of class missed (suggested: three pages of written research from library).
In addition to daily class participation, activities in selected dance activities may include:
Summer Dance/Drill Team Camp
Pep Rally performances
Football halftime performances
Basketball halftime performances ( & other sporting events)
Dance/Drill Team competitions
Community & invitational performances
One Day Clinics/Master Classes in dance
This syllabus was written in general terms to offer a general guideline for dance/drill teams to present curriculum for physical education for the fall and dance for the spring. It will be imperative to follow the essential elements of dance and physical education (for fine arts programs). Daily lesson plans as well as written and practical exams should be prepared for this curriculum.