Grades 10-12, year-long class
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 3 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance Conditioning, Dance 2, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles. Dance Conditioning is highly recommended. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
Dance 3 will be mostly a technique based dance class and will begin to introduce performance skills that challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre. The class will focus on three main genres of dance each year from the following: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. The study of these genres will lead to a focus on musical theater and contemporary performance based dancing. The Dance 3 curriculum is designed to help dancers create a fun atmosphere to explore the foundations of performance dance through movement, discussion, and exploration in a variety of contemporary idioms. Students will learn the basic vocabulary and movement fundamentals in each genre. Dance genre studied will alternate each year and this class may be taken multiple times. Dancers who complete the audition will be members of Performance Class and will perform at school events. Dancers will be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists who study and teach dance techniques including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…). Both male and female techniques will be supported. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on historical dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. Students who complete this year-long course satisfy the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”.