DE Dance Festival
DE Dance Festival
Dover HS Students in “Veneki” at the DE Dance Festival

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

Program Opportunities

  • 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

Class Guidelines

(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.

Student Expectations

  • 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

Summative Assessments
80% of Grade

  • Participation & Attendance
  • Tests
  • Projects

Formative Assessments
20% of Grade

  • Quizzes (Actual)
  • Journal Entry
  • Projects Homework (written/Actual)

Contact information for Faculty: Teresa Emmons or call DHS (302) 241–2400