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DANCE 1 SYLLABUS 




Purpose:

In this course, students will explore multiple dance forms while building movement skills, kinaesthetic awareness and an appreciation for dance. Our units of study will be:

  • Jazz

  • Modern

  • Cultural Dance

  • Dance History

  • Improvisation/choreography

  • Performance 

  • Dance analysis 

Note: Performance in the Dance Showcase is a requirement of this course.

 

Requirements (for every day of class):

Dance Attire 

  • Comfortable Clothes – Jazz, Yoga or Athletic Pant and Form-fitted t-shirt, tank top or leotard

  • Black Jazz Shoes 

 

Note: It is recommended that you purchase your dance attire and shoes from Accents Dancewear in Berkeley Heights. This store knows the Dance I shoes you need and will provide a discount.

Accents Dancewear (next to the Primrose School)

258 Springfield Ave.

Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

(908)508-1860

 

*Students who do not change will not receive credit for the class period.*

 

Appearance

  • Hair must be off of face and neck (i.e., ponytail)

  • Remove dangling earrings, necklaces or bracelets

 

Materials

  • 1-inch 3 Ring Binder

  • Notebook or notepaper inserts

  • Pen or Pencil

  • No Gum Chewing please!

 

Expectations:

  • Students must be prepared everyday with the requirements above.

  • Absences:

    • Students are expected to hand assignments in on time. If absent, written/movement quizzes/exams must be made up within 3 school days of the date given. Late assignments or failure to complete a written/movement quiz/exam will result in a lowered grade. It is the student’s responsibility to remember to hand in a late assignment and/or arrange a time to make up a written/movement quiz/exam

  • A written exam and movement exam will be administered at the end of each unit.

  • Students are allowed to re-do assignments and quizzes/exams one time within one week of the return date to demonstrate mastery of content.  Please see Mrs. Miranda for further details.

  • Attendance Policy: Refer to the Ridge High School Student Handbook regarding absences and tardies. 

  • Academic Integrity: Refer to the Ridge High School Academic Integrity Guidelines

  • Students are expected to respect and care for all equipment used in class, the dance studio and the green room (changing room).

  • Students are expected to participate by learning the movement and keeping a positive attitude. 

Try your best!

 

Assessment/Grading Policy:

-        Class Participation (including Dance Showcase performance) (30%)

-        Student Choreography Project (20%)

-        Preparedness (10%)

-        Unit Exam (15%)

-        Vocabulary/History Quizzes (10%)

-        Journal (10%)

-        Homework (5%)

 

What are the classroom procedures?

1. Report to the Green Room to change into your dance attire, hair back, no gum, jewelry off. You will have three-four minutes to change at the beginning of class and three-four minutes to change at the end of class.

2. Bring any medical/parent notes, late assignments to Mrs. Miranda.

3. When traveling to the studio, please wear your street shoes and cover ups. Do not wear your dance shoes in the hallway.

4. Remove street shoes upon entering the dance studio, put shoes in the cubby, materials in the locker and await the Mrs. Miranda’s instructions.

5. At the conclusion of class, students will put their street shoes on, gather materials and go to the Green Room to change. 

 

What happens if I am not able to dance during class?

If a student is not able to dance in class due to lack of dance clothes, illness or injury, the student must complete a written observation form for class participation credit. Students with extended absences due to illness/injury will be given long term assignments. 

 

Injury Policy:

All injuries need to be communicated with Mrs. Miranda before the start of class.  All injuries must be assessed by the school nurse. Any student sitting out due to an injury must complete an injury participation assignment during that class time. Completing any schoolwork outside of dance will result in losing all participation points for that day.  

 

Any student who has a long-term injury must provide a doctor’s note.  After the note is presented, the student will be given a dance project to work on during class time in order to earn daily participation points.  Anyone returning from a long-term injury will need to be approved by their doctor and must provide Mrs. Miranda with a note from the school nurse before being permitted to dance again.  

 

What happens if I am late to dance class?

If you are late to dance class and we have already left the Green Room, you will not be able to change. Therefore, you will not be in proper attire to dance and will need to complete an observation form.

 

If I miss a class, how do I catch up on what I missed?

Students who miss class must either catch up during tutorial (period 8) or learn movement from other students. Check Google Classroom for missed work. 

 

Can I bring food, drinks or cell phones to class?

No food or drinks are allowed in the studio. Water only! 

 

Student devices will be allowed often in this course. Use of your cell phone must fall into class expectations and the BYOD district policy.

 

Need help? Ask! 

Please see me if you ever need help; do not wait until the last minute to ask for help. My email address is rmiranda@bernardsboe.com. I am looking forward to a great semester!