Thinking about taking Beginning Dance? Here's what you need to know:
Beginning Dance meets the F category in the A-G requirements and provides students with the opportunity to explore multiple genres of dance. The class is open to all levels of dancers - from students who have absolutely no dance experience to students who have been dancing for a long time, and it is a great opportunity to build a base understanding of the styles of dance focused on at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. The course covers the traditional forms of Western theater dance, such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, modern, and musical theater, as well as forms of world and cultural dance. Students learn a base vocabulary in these different styles as well as the fundamentals of building and performing choreography. Additionally, students with more dance knowledge and background may be given the opportunity to teach their choreography to the rest of the class.
Throughout the year, there are multiple in-class performances (required), and students of all levels will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively by choreographing their own dances, either independently or in groups. Usually, during 2nd semester, students collaborate to choreograph an entire 2-minute piece, which they then have the opportunity to perform in the spring dance show, Dance Evolution.*
Students of any grade level may enroll in Beginning Dance - no audition required! The course counts for 1 year of PE credit (10th-12th grade only) or 1 year of VAPA credit (all grade levels).
If you have any questions about enrolling in Beginning Dance, please either email your counselor or contact Ms. Lewis by completing the form below. *This is not taking place during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19 restrictions