Dance 7th Grade

Course Title: Dance 7th Grade
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Course Description

7th Grade Dance is a year long encore course that meets every other day.  The course is designed to develop dance and choreographic skills, but also to view dance through a cultural lense. Not only will students explore dance’s role in developing and recording history,  they will develop a critical eye using the vocabulary of dance.  Life long takeaways include 1) utilizing resources, 2) understanding audience etiquette, 3) reinforcement of the benefits of an active body to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle  and 4)  the ability to express aesthetic informed opinions.

Power Standards

  1. Student actively engages in the processes that constitute creation and performance in dance.
  2. Student is able to reflect, interpret, and evaluate a wide variety of dance works.
  3. Student can make connections between dance and healthy living.

Course Outline

Engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in dance

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • How does a dancer develop craft?
  • What are choreographic principles?
  • What does an effective rehearsal look like?
  • What are the obligations of a performer?
  • What are the obligations of the audience?
  • How does a performer maintain a character for an entire performance?
  • Understand and properly execute dance moves
  • Memorize and reproduce movement sequences
  • Apply improv skills
  • Choreograph dance studies
  • Demonstrate the abilities to take various roles in productions and performances
  • Dance a range of genres
  • Apply critique and develop revision skills
  • Stay in character through an entire performance.
  • Understand and emulate appropriate audience skills
 Summative Projects: Dance Technique, Musical Theatre, Choreography including Self Portrait, Improv, World Dance including Africa Night, Dance Video

Reflect, interpret and evaluate a wide variety of dance works

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • How do performers learn from their performances through reflection?
  • How does one identify strengths and weaknesses in a performance to offer feedback to peers and critique professionals?
  • How is technology used to assess and create performance?
  • What role does dance play in history?
  • How is dance notated?
  • How does dance inform about a culture?
  • Reflect on their performance and process to identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Using the language of dance, critique a variety of performances done by professional performer to identify how the performer is using concepts explored in class.
  • Critique peer performances to provide feedback that will better future performances.
  • Read and write dance notation.
  • Articulate dances place in history.
 Assessments: Labanotation, self, peer and professional critiques, project reflections, journals, class discussion, dance literacy, playbill biography

Healthy living and connecting to the world

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • How does dance connect to life outside the studio?
  • How does preparing the body for physical endeavors, keep the body safe?
  • How does preparing the body for physical help enhance performance?
  • How are research and notation skills used in dance?.
Students can…

  • Identify at least three personal goals to improve themselves as dancers and the steps that they are taking to reach those goals.
  • Explain strategies to prevent injuries.
  • Model and discuss warm up how warm-up prepares the body and mind for expressive purposes.
 Assessments:  Developing, leading and participating in warm-ups, reflections, yoga



Career and Life Skills
 Social and Cross Cultural The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:

  • Honoring  the ideas and opinions of others and
  • Interacting effectively and appropriately with others.
 Productivity and  Accountability The student takes ownership of work and actions  by:

  • Completing assignments on time
  • Arriving prepared and on time
  • Managing time
 Initiative and Self Direction The student demonstrates independence by:

    • Self-advocating for assistance or resources
    • Persevering through rigorous/challenging tasks
    • Utilizing feedback