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New Moves

W.Aux. Gym/Dance Studio

Colleen Callahan


Course Description:

This class is intended to get you to love physical activity and give you knowledge of a wide variety of ways to stay physically active throughout your life.  It is intended to accept you at your current level of fitness and give you tools to expand upon that level.  Some experiences will focus on upper body, some lower body, some as a means to integrate both, some with a secondary focus on nature, stress relief and social/group interaction. This semester our units of study will be; Canoeing/Kayaking, Pilates, Zumba, LaCrosse, Weight/Circuit Training, Multiple forms of Dance, Ice Skating and Self Defense.

*Thursdays will be a Cardiovascular Day(Walking, Running or Zumba)

*Fridays will be a non-dress day and will have a Nutritional/Wellness Focus assisted by outside speakers.  Some topics will be, “Body Image”, “Super Foods”, “Fruits and Vegies”, “Hygiene”, “Getting to Sleep”, “Stress Relief”, and “Healthy Relationships”.

Course Goals/Objectives

Students will become more aware of their personal fitness level.

Students will discover life long fitness activities they can do by themselves or in a group.

Students will identify basic nutritional factors to increase their health.

Students will expand their repertoire of movement activities.

Students will gain resources in the community to continue fitnesss for life.

Weekly Calendar

Aug. 29-Sept.2: Introduction to Course, Where are you now? What are your goals? Canoe/Kayak(Friday)

Sept. 5-9: Core Support with Pilates

Sept. 12-16: Continue

Sept. 19-23: Weight Training/Circuit Training 

Sept. 21-25: Lacrosse

Sept. 26-30: Modern Dance 

Oct. 3-7 :  Swing

Oct. 10-14 :  Swing

Oct. 17-21:  Latin (No School 19-21 MEA)

Oct. 24-28 :  Hip Hop

Oct. 31-Nov. : Hip Hop

Nov 7-11:  Break Dance

Nov. 14-18: Yoga

Nov. 21-25: Yoga(No School Thursday or Friday Thanksgiving)

Nov. 28 –Dec 2: Tap Dance

Dec. 5-9 : Tap Dance

Dec. 12-16: Catch Up

Dec. 19-Dec. 23: Ice Skating

Dec. 26-Jan. 6  WINTER BREAK

Jan. 9-13  Self Defense

Jan. 16-20:  Finals


Food Journal  5%

Physical Activity Graph 5%

Body Image Assign 5%

Unit Written Quizzes 20%

Attendance/Participation 20%

Unit Movement Tests 25%

Final Presentation 20%

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.  

Proper Attire

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.

Extra Credit/Make Up Work

Any student with a legitimate excused absence is allowed to do make up for that absence.  There is a drawer marked “Make Up Sheets” that will explain all the possibilities.  Examples are seeing a live movement performance and doing a report on it, being involved in “Dance Ensemble” after school, taking a yoga class outside the school day, writing a report on a health related topic, etc.   Make Up Work must be in within 2 weeks of the absence.

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 students are expected to adhere to the SW HS and Mpls. District  Citywide Discipline Policy.