Program of Studies
- Dance History
- Basics and Elements of Technique for different dance styles and how they relate to each other
- Terminology and Principles of Dance
- Anatomy & Kinesiology
- Composition and Choreography
- Lecture Demonstrations:
A Fall, Holiday and Spring annual Showcase of the Arts at the DHS Theatre.
- Master Classes:
Featuring Theatre, Lighting Design, Visual Arts Dance.
- Collaborative Projects:
A special collaborative project with the Schwartz Center for the Arts and the University of Delaware.
- DE Dance Festival:
An annual event held at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, where dance schools all over the state come together for 3 days in classes, scholarship auditions and performance. Dover High School Academy of the Arts-Dance is the only public school group represented at the festival
- High School Dance Festival:
An annual 4 day event where students from performing, magnet and charter schools of the performing arts gather together for College and Conservatory Scholarship Auditions, Classes, and Performances.
This year, over $4.1 M in scholarship was offered at the festival from schools including Juiliard, University of the Arts, Pointe Park University, Boston Conservatory, University of Miami, Nashville ballet, The Joffrey School.
Goals and Objectives
- To increase self confidence through physical and mental awareness
- To develop the students’ abilities in learning and performing a variety of dance styles. Such as ballet, jazz, musical theatre, modern, contemporary dance and historical dance
- To enhance the students physical strength and flexibility for a healthy body
- To introduce students to dance history, terminology, kinesiology
- To increase students’ appreciation for dance and its relation to other arts (music, literature, visual, technology arts–photography, videography)
- To increase students’ coordination, cognitive, organizational and study skills
Methods of Instruction
- ACTUAL Performance in a teacher–led series of movement exercises to train muscles in the language of dance
- ACTUAL Performance of series of movement combinations that constitute a dance or parts of a dance
- Performances at In–School Lecture–Demos, showcases, and community outreach programs
- Journal Writing and Note Taking
- Video Presentations
- Small Group Work
(Absolutely NO electronic devices during class)
- Be On Time. When Bell Rings– be in class. Leave ALL belongings in dressing room.
Maximum 5 minutes– to change into dress attire and in the dance studio ready to move
- NO one will be allowed to leave the classroom for the bathroom.
Go to the bathroom before class starts. You must be in the auditorium when the bell rings.
- Follow teacher’s prompts during class. Keep FOCUS and Concentrate on the task at hand.
- Do NOT talk in class. Raise your hand if you have something to say
- Leave all belongings in the dressing room. If you have valuables, put it in a locker.
- Respect students’ and teachers’ feelings and property.
- Must bring a 3” binder to class everyday and maintain information in it consistently.
- Follow class rules.
- Observe the dress code as specified.
- Be physically and mentally prepared to move at the beginning of the class.
- Complete assignments at home and submit them on time
- Participate Actively in class
- Leave negative feelings outside the classroom
- 1st Violation– Verbal Warning
- 2nd Violation– Call Home
- 3rd Violation– Administrative Intervention
- Performance and active participation in class–observe Range of Motion, Alignment and
- Actual Tests/Quizzes on the execution of movement combinations
- Written Tests & quizzes on the principles of dance, kinesiology, and composition
- Performances at In–School Lecture–Demos, showcases, and community outreach programs.
Participation is determined by class productivity and discretion of the teacher.
- Journal Writing– self-assessment, reaction essays, reflective thoughts and notes
- Dance Company–some outside performances are major participation grades.
- Group Choreography projects
- Oral/Actual Presentations
80% of Grade
- Participation & Attendance
20% of Grade
- Quizzes (Actual)
- Journal Entry
- Projects Homework (written/Actual)
Contact information for Faculty: Teresa Emmons or call DHS (302) 241–2400