Visual Arts & Dance

Dance

Middle School Dance

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  • Fifth Grade

    Fifth Grade Dance Exploration is an introductory dance course designed to expose students to the fundamental elements of dance and provide them with the basis to further explore their creativity and movement potential. Students will examine the elements of dance as well as learn choreography and beginner level technical skills. Fifth grade dance students explore the origins and evolution of the most popular genres of dance and will be given the opportunity to create movement phrases in a group setting. Dance appreciation units will help student build a respect for the art form and enable them to start developing a critical eye for dance performances. Strength and flexibility conditioning are integrated in to the classes daily.

    This is a quarter-long co-ed course that meets in rotation with the arts disciplines. The choreography will encompass the genres of jazz and hip-hop. There is no formal performance required for the class.
  • Sixth Grade

    Sixth Grade Dance Exploration is a continuation of the fifth grade introduction to dance course. Students will delve deeper in to the fundamental elements of dance and begin to work on recognizing them in choreography and using them as they create pieces of their own. They will continue to learn beginner level technical skills and focus more on alignment, strength, and structure. Dance observation units will teach students how to observe, critique and analyze dance performances, and they will practice developing concepts and telling stories through movement. Strength and flexibility conditioning are integrated in to the classes daily.

    This is a quarter-long co-ed course that meets in rotation with the other arts disciplines. Units and activities will encompass the genres of modern, jazz, hip-hop, and select international dance forms. There is no formal performance required for this class
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade

    The combined Seventh and Eighth Dance class will broaden the student's horizon as they expand on the skills they learned in the fifth and sixth grade exploratory program. The curriculum will allow students to increase flexibility, build muscular strength, and gain performance skills. In addition, students will delve more deeply into the various forms jazz dance, including musical theater, drill team, and funky jazz. Seventh and eighth grade dancers benefit from extensive technique conditioning and technical progressions designed to improve fluidity and overall movement quality, and they work on intermediate level turns, leaps, and jumps. They also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity through improvisation and group choreography. Students also learn about ways to connect with our world through dance and tell a story through movement.

    This is a year-long co-ed course open to seventh and eighth grade students. No previous dance experience is required and the students will perform regularly.

Upper School Dance

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  • Art of Dance

    In the Art of Dance course, students are introduced to intermediate and advanced level dance concepts and technique through a comprehensive dance program. This curriculum will allow students to increase flexibility, build muscular strength, and learn technique from several different genres of dance, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Students will enjoy learning about the body and how it moves and exploring different styles of choreography and performance. Students delve deeply into the elements of time, space, force, and shape and use these elements to compose dance pieces and explore the creation process. They will be challenged to grow as dancers and push themselves to truly use their body as an instrument.

    Upper School dancers benefit from extensive technique conditioning and technical progressions designed to improve overall movement quality and expand their movement vocabulary. Students work on intermediate and advanced level turns, leaps, and jumps and they are encouraged to use improvisation to find their creative voice. Third and fourth year Art of Dance are guided through beginner and intermediate lessons in dance composition and try their hand at choreographing multiple pieces within select genres. Multiple times throughout the year, these advanced students will lead the class by teaching their individual choreography to their peers. This opportunity is designed to expose students to dance from the choreographer's perspective and allow them to respond to their thoughts, ideas, and passions through dance.

    This is a year-long co-ed course open to students in grades 9-12. No previous dance experience is required and the students will perform regularly.

Dance Highlights Video 2015-2016

Cannon School

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