16 January - 22 January
Introduction to 8th Grade Dance/Syllabus/Dress Code/Rules
Movement Games: Making Shapes, Name Game, 4 Corners
Participate and learn about a proper warm up
Flexibility - using the range of movement in a joint
Stamina - endurance both muscular and cardio-respiratory
23 January - 29 January
Notes on dance injuries (causes, prevention, and treatments)
Components of a warm up (Rhythmic activity, Mobilization of joints, Stretching and Conditioning)
Students break up into small groups and develop one section of a warm up based on the essential components of a proper warm up
30 January - 5 February
Students will memorize, perform, and teach their section of the warm up to the rest of the class
Students will combine, learn and perform all sections
Introduce Merce Cunningham's Chance Dance
6 February - 12 February
Students will start learning about rhythm and tempo in relation to movement
Rhythm - a structure of movement patterns in time: pattern produced by emphasis of notes in the music
Pulse- a constant, even beat
Using Cannon, Repetition, and Accumulation students will develop a Movement study while using a Cinquain Poem
Verb, Verb, Verb
13 February - 19 February
Dancers focus on movement vocabulary: box step, grapevine, gallop, leap, pivot, turns, skipping, triplette step, chasse', fouette', compass turn, 360 turn, pencil turn, tour jete',plie', relieve', and sitting rolls.
Dancers will work on manipulating counts and movement together
20 February - 26 February
Dancers review vocabulary/exploring how to combine movement vocabulary into short combinations
Dancers create a movement study with assigned vocabulary and counts in pairs
Discuss pathway, level change, direction changes, shape and focus
This week we focus on initiating movement from various body parts (the head, elbows, spine, feet, etc.). Students will play mirroring and shadowing games to practice this concept.
Students will also be introduced to how Relationships are used in dance. Some examples of this are: mirroring/shadowing, near/far, unison/contrast, and meeting and parting.
27 February - 5 March
Dancers are students learn choreographic tools to help them create dances that are more aesthetically pleasing.
Students create an Abstract Dance using an abstract painting of their choice as inspiration for their movement.
Students create a Narrative Dance using the lyrics of a song that tells a story.
6 March - 12 March
Students learn about choreographic devices as a way to improve and add depth to choreography
Notes on: ABA, Retrograde, ABC, Canon, Abstract, Narrative and Accumulation
Movement Study using ABA - Unison/Contrast/Unison (with props)
13 March - 19 March
Students make Native American Totem Pole Dances using ABA as their choreographic structure.
Dancers each find their Spirit Animal and create movement based on the movement and behavior of that animal. Student s combine their choreography to make a unified dance.
20 March - 26 March
27 March - 2 April
Different Genres of Dance
Watch clips from First Position and Ballet Favorites
Notes, video and class
3 April - 9 April
Genres of Dance
Jazz and Tap
Notes, videos and class
Watch clips from That's Entertainment, Fosse', and West Side Story
10 April - 16 April
notes, videos, and class
Watch modern clips from A History of Dance on Screen
Watch Work from Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey
17 April - 23 April
Notes, videos, and class
Watch the hip-hop documentary - Graffitti Verite' 10
Students will break into groups and present a power point presentation on one genre of dance (including a description of the style of movement, a brief history, famous choreographers and their work, video clips, photos, and a short movement study in that genre's style)
24 April - 30 April
Students work on the Powerpoint portion of the genre project.
1 May - 7 May
Students work on projects
8 May - 14 May
Students present projects
15 May - 21 May
Students finish presenting projects
Watch Swing Kids
Learn Swing Dance
22 May - 28 May
Finish Swing Dance Unit
29 May - 4 June
5 June - 11 June
12 June - 18 June