Dance ~ Mrs. Hastings
The dance units this year will cover techniques in ballet, jazz, and lyrical movement. In addition, dance majors will be learning about other professional dancers and dancing as a career. Students will also be exposed to multicultural dance from cultures around the world. Dance majors will especially be focusing on building strength and technique through stretching, isolations and dance choreography.Elementary students from grades K-5 will also learn the basics of movement through their weekly P.E./Creative Movement classes. Students in grades 4 and 5 have the opportunity to audition to be in the junior dance program. These students meet once per week and will perform during the End of the Year Showcase!
Dance majors will have the opportunity to perform in multiple theatrical productions including the Arts Exhibition at Cicely Tyson School. Students will learn proper rehearsal ettiquette as well as stage blocking.
Students will be graded on attendance, participation, effort, teamwork, technique, and dance projects. Each day, students can earn up to 10 points; poor behavior, lack of effort, tardiness, or not following the dress code will reduce the 10 points. At the end of the marking period, points are averaged by the number of school days in that marking period and assessed as follows:
9-10 points = A
7-8 points = B
5-6 points = C
4 points = D
Below 4 points = F
** Excused absences will not be included in the averaging of grades.
*** In addition to daily dance points, dance students will begin formal written assessments this year including a final dance exam.
Girls: black leotard, flesh/tan color tights, beige/tan ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back and tied securely. No jewelry! Dance shorts can be worn over tights. Absolutely no shirts, vests, jackets or hoodies are to be worn over leotard.
Boys: Black shorts or black jazz pants with a white t-shirt or white tank, black ballet shoes. Absolutely no shirts, vests, jackets or hoodies are to be worn over white dance shirt.
A final note...
I strive to make improvements in the dance program every school year. My main goal this year will be to increase students' dedication and work ethic in the dance program as well as their school work. I am especially looking forward to improving our students' technique through formal ballet programs and ensemble work. Please, let's all work together to create a creative and respectful environment. I look forward to bringing you my best as a dance teacher.
Come out and see what our students have accomplished this year! The End of the Year Showcase will be held on June 5th! It begins with an 8th grade visual art gallery walk at 6 p.m. This is followed by performances by dance, drama, band, and vocal majors in the auditorium! Stage performance begins at 6:30 P.M. Admission is FREE!!!