Dance Tech I, II, III – 1st Quarter

TeacherNatalie Kushner
Subject AreaDance Tech I/II/III
Grade Level6-8
Week #1 - 9
Unit of InstructionTechnique, Choreography, Vocabulary
Standard(s) Taught

Demonstrate, without prompting, procedures expected in class,
rehearsal and performance with independence.
• Use accurate dance, theatre, and anatomical terminology to
communicate with others in and related to the field of dance.
• Use knowledge of the body, acquired in dance, science, and/or
physical education, to improve health and strength
• Sustain focused attention, respect, and discipline during classes and
• Develop strength, stamina, flexibility, and range of motion through
safe practices and knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology.
• Apply the mechanics of movement transitions and weight changes.
• Practice a variety of dance sequences to increase agility and
coordination in movement patterns.
• Apply standards of class and performance etiquette consistently to
attain optimal working conditions.
• Demonstrate an understanding of proper dance etiquette &
• Sustain focused attention, respect, and discipline during class
• Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and how the bones
& muscles work together to aid in injury preventionArticulate & consistently apply principles of alignment to axial,
locomotor & non-locomotor movements. 8 basic locomotive
movements (walk, run, jump, hop, leap, chasse, gallop, skip) & basic
axial movements (pivot turn, pirouette, pencil turn, & spiral)
• Demonstrates an understanding of personal space vs. general space
and how to stand in staggered lines while center
• Articulate & consistently apply principles of alignment to ballet barre,
center & across-the-floor combinations
• Demonstrate an awareness of the body & develop a deeper
understanding of warm up, cool down, and dance technique
• Demonstrate knowledge of rhythmic patterns, hearing the beat and
counting music effectively.
• Explain the importance of proper nutrition, injury prevention & safe
practices to optimal performance and the life-long health of a dancer
• Identify muscular and skeletal structures that facilitate or inhibit
rotation, flexion, and or extension
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomy
• Demonstrate an understanding of movement qualities (sustained,
percussive, swinging, suspended, collapsing, & vibratory)
• Demonstrate retention of directions, corrections, and memorization
of dance from previous rehearsals and classes
• Describe basic functions of skeletal and muscular systems

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

We will begin with a focus on technique in ballet and jazz, having ballet and jazz classes each week.
We will work on dance conditioning each week to support our technique training in ballet and jazz.
We will begin working on choreography for our Veteran’s Day Performance.
We will learn vocabulary for dance – learning our first two units of vocabulary.

Classroom Activities

Mondays/Tuesdays: Technique Training and Activity
Wednesdays: Dance Conditioning Class
Thursdays/Fridays: Jazz Technique Class

Vocabulary will be learned on Tuesdays in addition to technique class

Choreography for the Nutcracker will begin in October!

Assignments Due

Vocabulary Tests

Dancers will receive a “Weekly Etiquette” grade based on their participation and attitude in class each day

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