Dance 11/12 Course Outline

Dance 11/12  Course Preview  Grootjes/2011
    Dance is a human activity which can be found in different places throughout history and the world.  Through Dance students order movement to capture and convey ideas, images and feelings using the movement as an instrument for communication.  Studies in Dance focus on various dance forms but more generally promote physical well-being, intellectual inquiry, problem solving skills, social skills and general communication skills.

Through their participation in Dance, students are provided with opportunities to:
Appreciate the aesthetic inherent in dance
Develop critical thinking skills through the process of creative dance
Communicate information, ideas, understanding, and emotions
Develop self-motivation and enhance self-esteem through participation
Appreciate the role of dance in the community
Acquire skills and attitudes for life long involvement in dance (professional or recreational)
Strive for physical well-being by developing the body
Develop the qualities of co-operation and respect for others through knowledge and understanding of dance in world cultures.
This Dance curriculum emphasizes:
Acting responsibly and demonstrating commitment
Accepting direction and taking on leadership roles
Giving and receiving constructive criticism
Ongoing self-assessment of goals
Respecting Diversity
Recognizing the role of the individual in the group and putting the needs of the group ahead of personal needs as appropriate
The Dance K to 12 curriculum consists of four broad objectives:
Elements of Movement
Creation and Composition
Presentation and Performance
Dance and Society
For more information on the Dance 11 curriculum please see the BC education website:

General Program Outline
    The main aim of the course is to introduce students to the following basic areas: choreography (arranging movements into a meaningful whole).  The focus will be on creating short dance routines in pairs/groups in a number of different styles); performance (perform both the student and teacher choreographed pieces for the class, school and in some cases the general public); appreciation (studies on a number of theory units including the origins of dance, dance injuries and basic anatomy).
Term 1 Outline
    During Term 1 we will cover the following topics:
Elements of Dance/Principles of Movement
Dance Safety and Conditioning
Introductory Dance Technique (ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and cultural dances)
Choreography (Student and Teacher directed for performance)
Term 2 Outline
    During Term 2 we will cover the following topics:
- Student led warm-ups
- Choreography Presentation and Performances (student directed)
- Lighting, Props and Costume Design
- Review of Dance Technique
Dance and Society

Journal Writing and Vocabulary will be ongoing
**Students  may be expected to attend and/or participate in rehearsals/performances during the semester as we are invited to perform at public events, some of which may be scheduled at night or on the weekend as much advance notice as possible will be given for these events. 

    Assessment in this class will be in accordance to the GFSS Grading Policy (please see the school website for more details)
    Term Assessments are made according to the following categories:
        ~ Practical Skills 60% (Performances/Technique/Composition)
        ~ Theory 20% (Written Assignments- Theory, History, Terminology)
        ~ Etiquette 20% (Commitment, Respect, Leadership, Responsibility, Collaboration)
Required Materials:
    You will be responsible for bringing the following materials to class everyday:
        1. Pen or Pencil
        2. Binder, Duotang or Folder
        3. Loose- leaf Paper
        4. Dance Gear (comfortable loose clothing that meets dress code & no jeans please)
        5. Clean Runners or dance shoes

    Lates are viewed as a disruption to class and can be hazardous to your health in dance as class begins with a group warm-up.  If you are late you will be required to sign the late book, if you do not sign in, you may be marked absent.  You are allowed 5 min to change after the bell but you are expected to be in the auditorium before the second bell and are to use the stage dressing rooms to change.  If you are not in the auditorium by the second bell you will be considered late.  The following are the consequences for lates:
    2 lates: dance improv for the class
    4 lates: lunch detention and parents notified
    5 lates: administrative referral
Work missed due to lates or unexcused absences MAY receive a grade of zero.
    Will be dealt with according to the GFSS Attendance expectations (please see the school website for more information). YOU are responsible for all notes, information and assignments missed.  All homework assigned prior to your absence is due the day you return to school.  Please see me to arrange a due date for all work missed during your absence.
Please check out my website for information on what has been covered in class and when assignments are due etc.  (

Guidelines For Success
If you follow these principles, you will succeed in Dance, as well as, in life:
Always try your best.
Learning is continuous and lifelong.
Respecting yourself makes it easier to respect others.
Respect the rights and property of everyone, including yourself.
Ask questions when you want to learn.
Take risks when you want to succeed.

This course preview and class expectations are a Dance notebook requirement, which go in the front of your Dance binder/folder.  Please sign the form below, along with a parent/guardian, verifying you have both read and understand the document.  Return it to me by the next class to receive 5 points credit.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help you learn more about Dance, acquire new skills and succeed.
    ~Mrs. Grootjes (, 250-442-8285 ext 254)

I/We have read the class expectations document presented above and understand its contents.

Student Signature______________________________________ Date_____________

Parent/Guardian Signature_______________________________ Date_____________

Kat Grootjes,
Sep 1, 2011, 9:09 AM