Ms Faith Mottershead
develop proprioception and accurate alignment for safe and proper
execution of various dance techniques.
increase physical strength, flexibility, and stamina through
classical ballet, modern dance, pilates, yoga, jazz and other dance
develop a sense of movement quality and artistry in dance
develop a personal voice and authentic movement through dance and
develop inter and intra-personal skills through improvisation
build trust and community through weight taking and giving, and
increase confidence and professional dance skills through peer and
learn how dance has evolved through basic dance history
define ballet and modern dance vocabulary through vocal and written
develop dance interpretation skills, to perceive and choreograph
literal and abstract meaning
work individually and in groups on choreography or movement studies
units are divided into four weeks. The first week of a month will
focus on classical ballet technique. In the second week student will
learn contemporary and modern followed by a week of review which may
include a movement study or other assessment. The final week of
every unit will vary based on student interest which may include:
African, Capoeira, Jazz,Ballroom, Improvisation techniques etc.
tights (black or pink), leotard (black, thin strap), and ballet shoes are required.
Ballet shorts/skirts are optional. Hair should be in a bun or pulled
neatly away from face.
options include leotard and tights; leotard with leggings or dance
pants; fitted active wear (pants should not be longer than ankle
length). Hair should be in a pony tail (or bun if preferred).
bring ballet shoes to the first week of class! Appropriate dance
wear should be worn by Wednesday or Thursday of the first week of
Location and Time:
will be held
in the auxiliary gym during 3rd period (usually 10:05-10:55)
Tips to Consider:
a separate dance bag in your locker that includes deodorant, hair
products (bobby pins, bands, hairspray...), and your dance shoes and
all necessary dance wear.
your hair for dance before coming to school
clothing on dance days that are easy to change in and out of
your dance clothes under your outfit on dance days
your bags (books, dance, lunch) the night before school or get up
early to be sure you remember the sequence you will need them
Grades - Each category below is worth 5 points except effort and
attitude which is worth 10 points. There are a possible 30 points
for each day, 60 for each week.
G = Gum
J = Jewelry
d = Dressed out (hair/clothing etc)
t = Tardy
/ = Effort or Attitude
Developing strong and accurate muscle
memory is determined by the quality of effort a student invests in
every class. This is why effort and attitude are weighed more
heavily. If a student is injured, sick or under emotional strain or
stress in a such a way that will effect his or her effort in class,
he or she should inform Ms Faith or Ms Knox before class begins.
There may be movement studies due
during the year. These will be clearly defined. Dancers will be
given ample time to work on these during class, although some of
these might require rehearsal outside of class. Movement Studies
require students to create and perform content in class as
individuals and/or in groups.
Occasionally students will be quizzed
on vocabulary and/or history. Students will know ahead of time when
a quiz will be given and the content will have been covered in class
Students may be videotaped and
evaluated on their personal progress. Student will also use this
video to evaluate themselves. There will be a technique evaluation
form used by both the teacher and student for this assessment.
Teachers reserve the right
to add new or change existing assessments. This will not happen
without student's prior knowledge.