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New Moves

New Moves
Instructor:  Ms. 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,  Nia, Yoga, 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”.


Weekly Schedule

August 27-August 31:  Introduction to the Course, Community Building, Fitness Graph

Sept 4-7: Kayak/Canoe and Zumba  

Sept. 10-14: Pilates

Sept. 17-21: Pilates

Sept 24-28: Weight Training

Oct. 1-5:  Same

Oct. 8-12: Modern Dance

Oct. 15-19: Modern Dance

Oct. 22-26: Nia

Oct. 29-Nov.2: Swing

Nov. 5-9: Swing

Nov. 12-16: Ballroom Dance

Nov. 19-23: Ballroom Dance

Nov. 26-Nov. 30: Hip Hop

Dec. 3-7: Hip Hop

Dec. 10-14: Yoga

Dec. 17-21: Yoga

Dec 24-Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan 7-11: Ice Skating  and Final Presentations begin

Jan 14-Jan 17: Final Week and Assessment



Food Journal 5%

Physical Activity Graph 5%

Unit Written Quizzes  20%

Unit Movement Tests  25%

Attendance/Participation  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 street clothes no moatter how comfortable or loose you may consider the clothes you wear to school.  Dance clothes are clothes that you can roll around on the floor in, sweat in and are recognized as such by the teacher. They may take the form of weat pants, leggings, biker shorts and t-shirts.  Modesty is essential.  The teacher will let you know if your clothes are inappropriate for a dance work setting.  You must be prepared to dress ALL days of the week except Fridays.  


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.


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.