• Course Title: Dance III Movement Studies

    Course Description:

    Orchesis members are encouraged to enroll in this class. This yearlong course is a highly challenging culmination of all facets of the art form. Students are guided and challenged to develop greater proficiency regarding elements of choreography, performance, composition, anatomy, movement studies (yoga, Pilates, wellness themes), guest artist experiences, dance history and criticism at an accelerated pace. This course emphasizes increased flexibility, concentration, coordination and musicality through the study of ballet, modern, jazz and other dance forms. A variety of performance and creative assessments are required. This course will fulfill a PE requirement and may be repeated for PE credit. Open to juniors and seniors.

    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      Assessment Prompt: Support with evidence how form, content and context express and influence meaning.

    • How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the use of elements and principles in facilitating the creative process.

    • How do skill and technique enable the creative process?

      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative process.

    • How do we use critique to inform our art?
      Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.


    Course Academic Vocabulary:
    improvisation, choreography, composition, stationary, locomotor, quality:space, time, energy, force,  rhythm, line, shape, effort, pattern, dynamics, motif, theme, concept, intention, expression, design, genre, musicality, audition, performance, contract/release, fall/recovery, imagery, Kinesthetic awareness, range of motion, alignment.

    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Dance History, Improvisation, Composition, anatomy, yoga, Pilates, wellness techniques, performance techniques, critique