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Dance Company 1 Syllabus

Dance Company 1

(Intermediate Dance)

Course Description/ Calendar

Instructor:  Ms. Callahan (

Course Description:
  This course is for the student with more experience in dance and gives students more opportunity to create and perform. A deeper and more refined focus on dance technique, improvisation and composition can be expected. An introduction to dance history and criticism is also explored.   National and local artists assist in exposing the student to the world of dance. Students perform in the school wide dance concerts.
*This course serves as a prerequisite to the Arts Standard(Arts and Literature: Create, Perform and Respond).

Areas of Inquiry:
Dance Technique
Creating Dance
Dance Analysis/Critique
Dance Investigation/History

Course Goals/Learning Objectives

•Students will demonstrate increased confidence and ability to make connections between movement vocabulary and meaning.
•Students will increase in strength, flexibility, coordination, integration and balance as it applies to dance technique.
•Students will know, apply and reflect on choreographic principles and processes.
•Students will  demonstrate knowledge of the “Elements of Dance” as they apply them to their performance in class, on stage and in the language of their written work.
•Students will increase their observational skills as they use DAIJ(Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Judge)protocol for dance critique.
•Students will increase in knowledge and application of healthy and respectful peer involvement as a result of working in groups.
•Students will increase their knowledge of dance history pioneers and their contributions.



Assessment:  In class work and outside assignments are weighted as follows:

Choreography Group piece(20%)
Dance History Project(20%)
Performance in Classwork and Concerts(30%)
Class Readings Quizzes/Writing Assignments(10%)




Technology Use

Students must be able to access Dance Web Page on Ms. Callahan’s Website for

some assignments:

Also, phones must be silenced in class.  There may be times you are asked to use them for curricular reasons, but your teacher will alert you to this.

Make Up Work

Dance is a physical art form that requires your physical presence to see progress.  If for some legitimate reason you are absent, you will be able to make up that absence by doing a make up report(see information sheet in  “Make Up” drawer in dance studio).

It is your responsibility to return that make up work within one week of your absence. Unless their is an emergency that the teacher is aware of and approves, no more than 4 unexcused absences will allowed to be made up.

Daily Points

You earn 5 points a day for class participation:  2 pts for active and engaged participation(this means working hard, positive attitude, not sitting down between combinations and working respectfully with others),

2 pts. proper attire(see below) and 1 pt for being on time.  


Tuesday Oct. 30th; Fine Arts Festival(we will perform)

November 1-3 : Class Bonding  Activity to Cabin or Dance College

November 16:  Field Trip to Cowles Center to see Zenon Dance Co.(10:30 a.m.)

Thursday and Friday Dec. 12th and 13th: Winter Dance Concert/SW Auditorium

*Guest Artist this term:  Kenna Cottman Sarge



You will need:
1.  Proper Attire means any of the following:  sweat pants or biker shorts,
t-shirts, leotards or tights.  Everyone must be able to have BARE FEET.
2.  A journal/notebook that will be checked/graded every two weeks.

3.  A lock for gym locker to store your clothes.

Proper Attire/Dance Clothes

Dance clothes are different than your sreet clothes no matter how comfortable or loose you may consider your street clothes to be.  these are clothes thay you can roll around on the floor in, sweat in and are recognized a such by the teacher.  They may take the form of sweat pants, gaucho pants, leggins(not jeggings!), biker shorts and t-shirts(that are not too bulky so alignment can be seen).  Modesty is essential.  Teacher will approach you if your clothes are inappropriate for a dance work setting.  You must be prepared to dress ALL days of the week.  If curriculum suggest a non-dress day, teacher will notify you.

Code of Conduct

 In order to create an atmosphere of trust, risk and success, students must agree to and demonstrate the ability to hold sacred the work of others.  This will be demonstrated by respectful behavior with peers.    In addition all studens are expected to adhere to the SW HS and Mpls. District  Citywide Discipline Policy.


Dance Plagiarism

Copying someone else’s work is stealing.  That means all writing for this class if not your own, bus be referenced as such.  Site your sources.  In addition, taking fully developed or recognizable setions of choreography from video/DVD, television or other teachres/choreographers is also stealing.  I am not referring to the inadvertend use of movement paterns that happens without our conscious awareness.  However, consciously passing somthing off as your own is bad practice and often illegal.