Dancers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome in Dance 8! Students work collaboratively to explore dance elements and create choreography in a number of dance styles. Dancers will develop their dance technique, dance vocabulary as well as learn and perform choreography in many dance styles in a safe and accepting learning environment. Students will have multiple performance opportunities and will practice self and peer-assessment throughout the course which will contribute to their final mark. This course allows students to immerse themselves in the world of dance in a low-risk, high-energy environment.
Dance Performance 9 – 12:
Dancers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome in Dance 9 – 12! This course is an exploration of a multitude of dance styles, including: street jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theatre and much more. Dancers will develop their dance technique, dance vocabulary as well as learn and perform choreography in many dance styles in a safe and accepting learning environment. Students will have a chance to learn choreography but also to create and perform their own original choreography. There are many performance opportunities, such as flash mobs and the evening performance which occurs closer to the end of the semester. A large part of this course is self-assessment and practicing self-reflection as a dancer. Whether you have been dancing your whole life or just wanting to start now – this is the course for you!
Dance Company 9-12:
Dance Company 9-12 is an outside of the timetable class for dancers who want an enrichment experience where they truly become a part of a dance ensemble. In this course, dancers will encounter several dance styles and learn choreography that they will perform at special school and community events as representatives of our Dance program. It is strongly recommended that members of the Dance Company also participate in the in-schedule Dance Performance 9-12 or Choreography 11/12 courses. If you want a challenging and rewarding dance experience beyond the typical Dance 9-12 class, this is the course for you!
Note: If you are in grade nine, Dance Company is an EXTRA course, meaning that you still need to take 8 in-schedule courses. Taking Dance Company does not mean you have a spare block during your regular school schedule.
Choreography 11/12 is a class for students who are interested in learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a choreographer. This course collaborates with the Dance 9-12 class to build solo and group choreography creation skills across a number of dance styles. The choreography students will serve as leaders to create dynamic and exciting dance pieces that will be performed in the regular dance shows and other settings. In this course, students will have the opportunity to really learn what it takes to be a choreographer and explore skills like dance terminology, elements of dance and how to provide constructive feedback for fellow dancers.