Program Information

The dance academy allows students to explore their passion for dance while earning credits towards their high school diploma.


FACTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM


  • Will run in Semester 1 during blocks A and B (morning blocks).

    Students would either need to enrol in Delta Secondary full time or at least during the first semester for their afternoon (blocks C and D) classes unless they can provide their own transportation from their school.

  • Receive credit for PE and Dance 8 – 12
  • Receive 8 credits per year toward graduation
  • Academy classes occur in the Genesis Theatre Dance Studio at Delta Secondary School

Admission

  • Admission by audition in the Spring
  • Open to males and females in Grades 8 – 12
  • Pre-requisites:
    •     Serious, passionate attitude toward dance
    •     Strong technical base; jazz and ballet training

Scheduling & Transportation 

  • Delta students may attend Delta Secondary part-time to participate in the Dance Academy. (Bell schedules are similar at each secondary school in Delta; lunchtime provides time for students to move between schools to attend an academy at another school.)
  • Bus transportation between schools is no longer available.

Program Instruction

  • Instruction by professional instructors in core genres: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical and Hip Hop
  • Guest instruction in other genres, such as Ballroom.
  • Students will be placed into dance groupings according to technical ability
  • Field trips to professional dance company rehearsals, studios and dance performances, fitness experiences, and more.
  • Students will create a portfolio to showcase their work throughout the year, and reflect on performances.
  • Students will also receive head shots and dance shots

DANCE ACADEMY GOALS


  • To foster a love for life long learning through dance
  • To provide professional training in technique, choreography and performance
  • To experience a variety of dance genres
  • To provide individual and personal evaluations of technique, choreography and performance
  • To encourage students to continually strive to improve their understanding of the social, cultural, personal and economic contexts of dance
  • To encourage and enhance students’ appreciation of and passion for dance
  • To expose students to career possibilities in the field of dance

CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT


Objectives are derived from the Ministry of Education Dance 9-12, and Physical Education Instructional Resource Packages. Curriculum has recently been updated according to the new BC Arts Education (Dance) Curriculum.

Areas of dance study include, but are not limited to:

  • technique, choreography, and performance
  • anatomy, nutrition
  • physical and mental health and wellness
  • critical theory and analysis
  • dance education and careers
  • stretch & strength
  • conditioning & flexibility
  • professionalism and dance etiquette
  • choreography and composition theory
  • social, historical, cultural contexts of a variety of dance genres

Skill Development with Professional Dance Instructors

Skill development is based on students individual sets of experience, natural ability, and current level of technique. The goal is to improve from their current understanding of each genre we study and the fundamental skills of those dance genres. It includes an evaluation of students’ participation, technique, ability, and use of principles of movement.

Performance

Link to: Performance Rubric for criteria for each of the major performances listed below.
Please note that this course requires a commitment outside of class time, either at lunch and/or in the evening, for performance and/or rehearsal. As much notice will be given to accommodate students’ schedules.


EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES


  • Jazz – Students must supply their own fitted dance wear and black jazz shoes
  • Ballet – Students must supply their own fitted dance wear and pink ballet shoes
  • Hip – Hop – Students must supply their own sweat pants and running shoes

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