Advanced Dance Honors

Course Number: 664/665

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one year of VAPA or Health & Fitness graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Advanced Dance Honors is the most advanced dance course designed for high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have successfully completed one full year of either Dance I/II or Dance III/IV, as well as those who show promise to continue dance/performing arts beyond high school. Students will continue their technical and artistic training in a variety of styles that include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and World dance. Students will continue to explore and create original composition and choreography in depth through dance compositions, in addition to performing for school-wide and local community events. A dance analysis and fundamentals component runs concurrent with each dance unit that includes dance history, study of individual dance artists, unique contributors, cultural dimensions, and critical assessment. Students develop their teaching skills through a dance pedagogy unit, which they can apply during student-led classes and in future teaching positions. Students study anatomy, kinesiology, movement and fitness principles, injury prevention and nutrition. Students will also self-produce the annual Dance Showcase in the Spring, learning the fundamentals of producing and organizing each aspect of an evening length performance. Students conclude Advanced Dance Honors by building their dance portfolios, including learning how to create their own personal resumes, dance reels, and choreography reels.

Level of Difficulty:
Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Full year of Dance I/II or Dance III/IV AND Instructor Approval