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Dance

The FHSA Dance program provides the opportunity to perform onstage in a pre-professional, creative and team-oriented environment. In preparation for college, career and life-long artistic engagement, students will learn how to execute progressive Ballet, Modern, Jazz & Contemporary movement techniques, as well as create Dance Compositions of their own. Students receive opportunities to present their own self-created work in dance department concerts and festivals. Throughout the 4 years in Dance, the goal is to develop each individual student’s artistic voice and sense of personal expression by being taken beyond one’s comfort zone and perceived limits. He or she must be able to adhere to professional expectations in class and rehearsals, and contribute to a mutually respectful, judgment-free atmosphere.

 

CURRICULUM TRACKS

Dance Techniques – Focuses on building movement skills in a range of styles

Dance Composition Focuses on building & choreographing thematic dance pieces

 

UNITS OF STUDY

 

9th Grade: Dance Survey, Fundamentals of Dance

Introduces necessary elements of dance, beginning with basic ballet technique.

 

10th Grade: Jazz Dance, Dance Making Elements

Layers in a study of jazz dance, with beginnings of dance composition.

 

11th Grade: Ballet Artistry, Composition: Body, Space, Time, Energy

Development of ballet technique, while creating more complex dance pieces.

 

12th Grade: Modern/Contemporary Dance, Dance Architecture

Utilizing a foundation in ballet to develop complex modern technique, honing in on individual student artistic voices through unique choreography.

 

Dance History, Human Anatomy, & Nutrition:

Throughout the 4-year track, students will get a basic overview learn dance history, movement mechanics, injury prevention, and proper diet for dancers.

 

Dance Production

By senior year, students will develop a production portfolio comprised of Production Elements (costume, makeup, lighting, music, concepts), Marketing/Design Elements, Administrative Duties