Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 6 - 12, Dance:Level IV, 2006

1.) Create dance using a variety of dance technologies.

Example: composing movement using computer software, digital projectors and cameras, and interactive multimedia

2.) Choreograph a dance utilizing a variety of compositional methods.

Examples: using choreography by chance; employing motif and development, including retrograde, fragmentation, inversion, and diminution; using theme and variation

3.) Apply variations in time, space, and energy to choreography and performance.

4.) Demonstrate the ability to increase technical proficiency, including strength, stamina, and consistency.

Examples: dancing the "Garland Dance" from Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty, dancing the role of Laurie in the "Dream Ballet" from the musical Oklahoma!

•  Performing specialized dance techniques
Examples: contact improvisation, Russian traditional dance, pas de deux

5.) Create a dance for production, including costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup.

•  Organizing complete rehearsal and production schedules
6.) Explain how movement elements and production choices affect the impact of choreography.

•  Comparing sound scores and music choices
•  Evaluating master works to determine content, context, and compositional elements
Examples: analyzing Jerome Robbins' The Cage for elements of feminism, analyzing Frederick Ashton's Winter Dreams for parallels to Romanticism

7.) Evaluate choreographic influence on dance works.

Examples: George Balanchine's influence on twentieth-century classical dance, Merce Cunningham's influence on modern dance choreography

8.) Create partnered dance sequences with fluidity and control.

9.) Analyze the development of dance to determine its relationship to political, social, artistic, and scientific developments.

Examples: analyzing Anna Sokolow's Dreams and the impact of the Holocaust, analyzing social injustice in Donald McKayle's Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder

10.) Create a dance project utilizing abstract concepts that bridge content areas.

Examples: translating newspaper text into movement, creating movement based on thoughts or analogies

11.) Create an individual dance-wellness plan.

Example: establishing a calendar that includes exercise and eating plans

12.) Apply kinesiological concepts to dance.

Example: identifying most efficient muscle or muscle groups to perform specific actions

13.) Evaluate performance skills to determine proper alignment, projection, stage presence, memory, interpretation, focus, musicality, and execution.