Dance Program Description:
Welcome to Dance! Dance at I.S. 234 focuses on using your creativity as well as learning about dance techniques, culture/history of dance, and what it means to be an observer & a performer. As a dance student, you will be introduced to technique and vocabulary from different dance genres, styles, mind body/physical conditioning practices as well as investigate the diversity and creativity of one another through improvisation and choreography. The I.S. 234 dance student is recognized as a dance artist, one who engages in the art form of dance through multiple perspectives (seeing, rehearsing, creating, performing, discussing, critiquing, reading, writing, researching, etc.).
To enhance one’s physical skills (ex. attention to alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythmic accuracy, spatial awareness, and precision).
To develop one’s own natural creative movement abilities with attention to choreographic toolsand inspiration.
To cultivate the artistryof one’s dancing (ex. musicality, expressiveness & stage presence, movement fluidity, transitions, phrasing)
To instill an appreciation for dance as an art form and make connections between dance, your self, the community, and the rest of the world.
Dance Class Description for Remote/Hybrid Learning:
Welcome to 234Dance! This school year will be quite different than year’s past. We will be navigating this new experience together as we explore studying the Art of Dance in a different setting (classrooms) and also online. Some of our work will be online and some of our work will be movement based in a classroom with modifications (until further notice). As Dance artists we will continue to build upon our physical skills (with modifications), explore/build upon the Elements of Dance (also known as LMA-Laban Movement Analysis), investigate and research dance history & culture, critique and analyze work of dance artists, and make connections between our self, the community, and the world. Our program this year may go through some twists and turns however dance artists are incredible creative thinkers and collaborators! We will work together to have a successful year and adapt to whatever changes may arise!