Introduction to Dance

Course Number: 680/681; G Block 680g/681g

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement.
Satisfies 1 year of VPA or Health & Fitness OLP Graduation requirement

Course Description:
Introduction to Dance is a course in which students will learn the beginning skills and fundamental basics of dance in a variety of styles including jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern. Students will improve flexibility, coordination, range of motion, musicality, 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. Through creative movement improvisation, students will develop new movement vocabularies and tools to aid in creating original choreography.

This course will also explore a brief introduction to 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.

Public performance is required.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • N/A

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

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