Dance III and IV

Course Number: 662/663

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 PE graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Dance III and IV is designed for the advanced dancer who has had a minimum of 3-5 years training in jazz, ballet, lyrical, or modern dance, and who seeks to continue developing technical and choreographic skills. Dancers in this course should possess the technical, academic, and personal maturity to proceed to the next level of study. Students will improve flexibility, coordination, range of motion, musicality, creative movement, and poise. Students will also develop greater self-confidence, self-expression, and body awareness.

Students will learn and develop technique in the center and across the floor, as well as incorporating movement into larger dance combinations. This course will focus on jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern performance technique and composition. Through creative movement improvisation, students will develop new movement vocabularies and tools to aid in creating original choreography. Students will be challenged through advanced level technique and the creation of solo and group choreography.

This course will also explore the history of dance, highlighting famous and renowned men and women who have pioneered a new path in both the dance world and in our society as a whole. Students will learn how to describe, analyze, and critique dance works in the classroom and in live performances.

Public performance is required.

Level of Difficulty:
Very Difficult

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

Instructor Approval