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Performing Arts Department-Dance 2016-2017

Biography

I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and have dedicated my life to helping students improve their physical fitness through dance and physical education. I received my M.A. in Physical Education from Arizona State University in 2011; and my B.A. in Dance from California State University, Los Angeles in 2006.

I have over 10 years of teaching experience; as well as professional industry experience choreographing concert tours for artists like Destiny's Child, Usher, and Brandy. I also have extensive experience teaching children of all ages and am regularly a guest Master Instructor and Choreographer at High Schools in the Los Angeles County and the state of Arizona.

I have been teaching dance at the high school level for over 10 years, my experience includes directing productions, choreographing dances for productions, choreography for dance team competitions, and teaching the fundamentals of Dance in a variety of styles (Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, African). This year, I will be adding cultural dances into the curriculum.

 I look forward to an exciting 2016-2017 school year!



Announcements

Dance Announcements

We want to thank all of the students for showcasing their talents and performance abilities! The judges were highly impressed. Keep up the good work and don't stop choreographing! 
Congratulations to all of the dancers whose piece will be in the 2017 New West Spring Concert....DRUM ROLL PLEASE........

 

CONCERT INFORMATION....MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


New West Spring Dance Department Concert

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Call Time for Dancers: 2pm
Show Time: 3pm
Where: Santa Monica HS Barnum Hall- 600 Olympic Blvd
Parking: Civic Center (across the street) $5.00


DANCE DEPARTMENT AUDITIONS 2017-2018 School Year

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Dance Technique Classes: 2:30-3:30pm
Competitive Dance Team & Performance Team: 4:00-6:00pm
*Parents must attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 30th if dancers are auditioning for the Competitive Team or Performance Team.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR AUDITION DETAILS:

Dance Curriculum

For the month of March the Dance Department will examine the Art of Poetry. In this unit, students will examine how to structural create poetry. In addition, students will create movement to their poetry; creating texture and color. 

Dance Unit: Poetry & Movement

Topics Covered are the following:

  • What is Poetry and why is it important?
  • What are the tools used to create poetry?
  • Can you apply the tools by writing a poem of your own?
  • Ways to create imagery by use of adjectives.
  • Creating movement/choreography that relates to the theme of a poem.














Homework:
3/28/17- Study your poetry vocabulary from journal 5. There will be a vocabulary test on Monday, April 3rd.

Vocabulary Words:

Poetry

Concrete Image

Connotation

Denotation

Implicit

Context clues

Imagery

Metaphor

Stanza

Enjambed Line

Figurative Language

Genre

Hyperbole

Figurative Meaning

Double Denotation



 

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Proper Dress Code for all Dance Classes
ATTENTION!!!!!!   
The dress code has been changed for all dance classes!!!!
Dance IA, IB, II, and III
- No Polos
- Solid black shirts, tank tops, leotard, v-necks etc.  Solid black only!!!!
- New West Dance attire 
- If you do not follow these guidelines, your 2 dress points will be deducted from your daily points.
- No socks! No exceptions!


DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS……...

 

Beginning Dance (Dance 1)

Students in this class will learn the fundamental techniques and vocabulary in many styles of dance. These styles include: ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, african, and hip hop. The students will also explore basic choreography concepts and performance techniques.

 

Intermediate Dance (Dance 2)

Students in this class will learn the fundamental techniques and vocabulary in many styles of dance. Intermediate dancers will have the opportunity to learn and apply beginning to intermediate level dance techniques in the following genres: jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, ballet, and African. At this level students will receive opportunities to perform during our Fall and Spring performance Concert. 

 

Dance Team (Advance Dance)

This course will explore various styles of dance and body movement. The curriculum will include, but is not limited to the following: history of dance, dance technique, dance production, and choreography. The  students will reach these goals by learning various genres of dance including: modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and participating in various dance performances. 

Dance Content- will include attendance and a written critique of live performances, application of dance vocabulary, in-class performances, and written evaluations of dance history and culture. All students will also explore topics pertinent to dance such as body image, anatomy, and kinesiology, injury prevention, careers, and more!


Grading Policy

Full participation is required on a daily basis. 5 points per day will be given for participation and dressing out. STUDENTS DO NOT RECEIVE PARTICIPATION POINTS IF THEY ARE NOT PROPERLY DRESSED FOR CLASS! Your grade will be based on the following:

40%- Participation and Effort

25%- Skill (Movement Exams, choreography projects,etc)

15%- Concert (Attendance at rehearsals and concerts)

15%- Written (Weekly Journals, Notes and Class Work)

10%- Tests and Quizzes (several written test will be given on vocabulary, anatomy, and history)

10%- Concert Critique ( one written paper per semester is required)



Materials

    • Please wear proper attire to class. Please wear all black attire. Leotards and tights, leggings or dance pants are recommended for best results.
    • Shoes- dancers will need to purchase nude foot thongs and black Jazz for concert performances. 
    • 3 Ring binder folder with dividers for Journals/reflections, class work, tests and notes (It is extremely important to keep up with all completed class work).

Class Rules

  1. Attendance, promptness, and active participation on a daily basis. Each day you should work to your limits and consider every exercise a performance.
  2. No street shoes, food, gum, or drink allowed in the dance studio. 
  3. Be respectful of all instructors, dancers, and guests.
  4. All school, and class policies will be enforced.
  5. Be open to any styles of dance presented and be able to work with any student in class.
  6. Come dressed out and prepared to work every day.
  7. NEVER USE THE WORD CAN'T!
       

Wish List/Supply List

  1. ITunes Gift Card for downloading music
  2. One class set (20) of stretch bands
  3. Storage Cabinet for Dance Costumes
  4. Ballet Barres

Expectations

HAVE FUN AND TRY YOUR BEST! REMEMBER PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! 


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Contents

  1. 1 Biography
  2. 2 Announcements
  3. 3 Dance Announcements
  4. 4 We want to thank all of the students for showcasing their talents and performance abilities! The judges were highly impressed. Keep up the good work and don't stop choreographing! Congratulations to all of the dancers whose piece will be in the 2017 New West Spring Concert....DRUM ROLL PLEASE........2017 SPRING STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY RESULTS 
  5. 5 CONCERT INFORMATION....MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
  6. 6 New West Spring Dance Department ConcertWhen: Saturday, May 13, 2017Call Time for Dancers: 2pmShow Time: 3pmWhere: Santa Monica HS Barnum Hall- 600 Olympic BlvdParking: Civic Center (across the street) $5.00
  7. 7 DANCE DEPARTMENT AUDITIONS 2017-2018 School Year
  8. 8 DANCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTSDANCE TEAM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL
  9. 9 Dance Curriculum
  10. 10 For the month of March the Dance Department will examine the Art of Poetry. In this unit, students will examine how to structural create poetry. In addition, students will create movement to their poetry; creating texture and color. 
  11. 11 Dance Unit: Poetry & Movement
  12. 12 Topics Covered are the following:
  13. 13 Homework:3/28/17- Study your poetry vocabulary from journal 5. There will be a vocabulary test on Monday, April 3rd.Vocabulary Words:PoetryConcrete ImageConnotationDenotationImplicitContext cluesImageryMetaphorStanzaEnjambed LineFigurative LanguageGenreHyperboleFigurative MeaningDouble Denotation 
  14. 14 s.alin
  15. 15 DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS……...
    1. 15.1 Beginning Dance (Dance 1)
    2. 15.2 Intermediate Dance (Dance 2)
    3. 15.3 Dance Team (Advance Dance)
  16. 16 Grading Policy
  17. 17 Materials
  18. 18 Class Rules
  19. 19 Attendance, promptness, and active participation on a daily basis. Each day you should work to your limits and consider every exercise a performance. No street shoes, food, gum, or drink allowed in the dance studio.  Be respectful of all instructors, dancers, and guests. All school, and class policies will be enforced. Be open to any styles of dance presented and be able to work with any student in class. Come dressed out and prepared to work every day. NEVER USE THE WORD CAN'T!        
  20. 20 Wish List/Supply List
  21. 21 Expectations