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Performing Arts Department:Dance


 

BIOGRAPHY
I was born and raised in Carson located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. I went to King Drew Medical Magnet High School (pursuing to be a surgeon) and then furthered my education to University of California, Riverside. I graduated in 2007 with a B.A in Psychology and Dance. During the 5 year journey, I found myself devoting more time and energy to dance than anything else such as being captain of the dance team, teaching at a dance studio 3 days a week, being a recipient of the Gluck Arts Foundation Scholarship for 4 years, and then finally deciding in making it my major. After graduating, I worked with Champions an outdoor adventure, and after school company for almost 2 years. During that time, I was introduced to New West as their P.E and after school director. Fortunately, New West decided to hire me as a staff member. I started the dance program in 2009 that has increased in popularity over the years. I am now the P.E/Dance director of New West. Outside of school, I teach in Riverside at Dancers studio since 2004. I've been dancing for about 24 years and was a member of a professional tap company, "Rhapsody in Taps" from 2008-2013. This is my 10th year at New West Charter and is excited more than ever to continue to expand the dance program. 





Dance Announcements


The Dance department (including high school) is performing a 90's throwback hip hop routine on Wednesday, October 25th for a student lunch rally. Dancers are demonstrating choreography they learned during the hip hop unit. Dancers are required to wear 90's inspired outfits. Dancers can find various clothing items in their closets to piece together a 90's inspired outfit. Here are a few ideas of 90's clothing:

- Floral prints

- Denim

- Baseball caps/bucket hats

- Overalls

- Bright colors (not neons)

- Flannels


All clothing must be school appropriate and follow the New West dress code guidelines. This day is also a school wide 90's throwback spirit day. Dancers are allowed to wear their 90's clothing to school. 


In addition, the dance department is selling ice-cream cookie sandwiches for $7 to raise money for the facilities for the winter concert.  Ice-cream Sandwiches are pre-sale only starting today through Monday October 23rd. 


This is a very fun event for the entire dance department and all of the dancers have practiced very hard for the rally! WAY TO GO DANCERS!


PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

Hip Hop Unit Notes

Period 1

Hip Hop Timeline


Period 3,4,5,6

Hip Hop History













CONCERT INFO







JOURNALS  

Students must bring journals every wednesday for note taking about choreographers, dance videos, learning the history of dance genres etc. Every 2 weeks, there are journal topics that students must complete at home. They are checked and stamped. If you are absent on a Wednesday that journals are stamped and a new topic was given, it is the students responsibility to get their stamp on the first day they return and to check the teacher page for the new topic. 


Semester 1 Journals 2017-2018


PERFORMANCE CRITIQUE PAPER


Click on the link for the criteria for the performance paper.

Performance Paper Criteria



COURSE DESCRIPTIONS and SYLLABUS

NW Performance Team

This course is a performing dance team. This is an audition based team. You must demonstrate performance skills, intermediate to advanced technique, and the ability to learn choreography. Choreography includes jazz, hip-hop, percussion and interpretive dance. The course will provide students with the opportunity to acquire an advance knowledge of dance, develop dance skills and expand their creative potential and appreciation of different dance styles. Students will learn various performance skills to expand their stage presence abilities. The students will participate in performances outside of the school and 2 dance concert throughout the year. Students will be required to choreograph their own works and have an opportunity to display their works in the dance concerts.

Performance squad



Intro to Dance

This is a yearlong course that includes ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to acquire basic fundamentals of dance technique and expand their creative potential and appreciation of different dance styles. The class is designed for students with no dance training. Students will learn terminology and history with opportunities for collaborative student choreography and to participate in the annual dance concerts.

Intro to Dance Syllabus


Dance IA

This is a yearlong course that includes ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to acquire basic fundamentals of dance technique and expand their creative potential and appreciation of different dance styles. The class is designed for students with at least 1 year of dance training or have taken Intro to Dance. Students will learn terminology and history with opportunities for collaborative student choreography and to participate in the annual dance concerts. 

Dance 1A Syllabus


Dance IB

This is a yearlong course that includes ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to acquire beginning-intermediate level of  overall knowledge to develop dance skills, and expand their creative potential and appreciation of different dance styles. The class is designed for students with at least a year in dance or have taken Dance IA . Students will learn terminology and history with opportunities for collaborative student choreography and to participate in the annual dance concerts. This is an audition based class.

Dance 1B Syllabus



Dance II

Dance II: This is a yearlong course that includes ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to apply their technique and knowledge to learn intermediate level dance skills, expand their creative potential, and appreciation of different dance styles. Students demonstrated understanding of basic fundamentals and foundation in the dance I  series and can now apply them to Dance II. Students will learn terminology and history with opportunities for collaborative student choreography and to participate in the annual dance concerts. This is an audition based class.

Dance II/III Syllabus





GRADING POLICY

Receive 5 points daily for participation, behavior and dress (PBD's). 1 points for behavior, 2 points for participation, 2 point for dress.
Grading Scale
100%-90%-A
89%-80%- B
79%-70%- C
69%-60%-D
Below 59%-F
Final grades are based on a total number of points from assignments throughout the course.   


DRESS POLICY (Updated Information)


Students have 2 options

Option 1: New West PE/Dance Apparel

Students are allowed to wear ANY New West PE/Dance apparel to class This includes mesh shorts, sweats (not recommended), girls pe shirt, unisex pe shirt, yoga pants, leggings, dance shirt and tank top, capri pants, and capri sweats. 

Option 2: Personal Clothing

Students are allowed to wear solid black clothing. This includes: shorts, leggings, dance pants, tights, leotards, tank tops etc...

  • HAIR: Bun or pony tail only. Short hair can be pulled back with a headband or pinned.
  • Students must change back into their New West uniform after class (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Students are allowed to wear their New West PE/dance apparel all day on thursdays and fridays. If students wear their solid black clothing they must change back into their uniform on thursdays and fridays. 
  •  Absolutely no jeans or jeggings of any kind


CLASS RULES

  1. Keep a positive attitude. Leave everything else at the door.
  2. Respect the dance space and everyone in your class.
  3. It is O.K. to make mistakes in class. Encourage and support others.
  4. Stay focused and pay attention.
  5. Be willing to help other.
  6. Come "Dance Ready"
  7. HAVE FUN AND DANCE!!!


CLASS WISH LIST

  1. iTune gift and spotify gift cards (Need lots of these to buy music for classes and Premium Spotify Account)
  2. Air Whick Air Freshners https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013JZMDIY/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_c_x_1_w
  3. Wet Swiffers (clean dance floors)
  4. Clear plastic containers (all sizes)
  5. Donations of dance shoes (lyrical tan soles, tap, black or tan jazz shoes)
  6. New Area Rug 5x7 or 6x5. any color that wont get too dirty. The kids use it to change clothes and shoes. 
Together we can make this a beautiful dance studio! Thanks for all of your assistance and support!


EXPECTATIONS

Do your best, never give up, and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!