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.
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.