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Dance Theory II

TEKS StrandExpectations
Foundations – Perception:
The student develops an awareness of the body's movement using sensory information while dancing.
Dance Theory II is a continuation to dance as an academic discipline, profession and art form. This course supplies students with information and processes of inquiry to facilitate their own decision-making as they proceed in the field of dance and promotes critical thinking and cross-disciplinary skills that are the foundation for this course. The class reinforces and refines students' development of body awareness, technical facility, spatial expressiveness, and personal creativity through one or multiple genres.
Creative Expression – Artistic Process:
The student develops knowledge and skills of dance elements, choreographic processes and forms in a variety of dance genres and styles.
Tempo, dance sequence patterns, and transitions are important areas of experimentation. Students may create and choreograph simple dances according to teacher guidelines (which may be determined by concepts such as style inversion and retrogression) and study abstraction by improvising phrases.
Creative Expression – Performance:
The student develops knowledge and execution of technical dance skills and a variety of dance genres and styles through performing.
Their skills, movements, and sequences are more complex, and their sequences are longer, memorized, and executed with greater technical skill and emotional expression. Dance Theory II focuses on the physical conditioning of the dancer, emphasizing the importance of agility (which enables precise arm and leg extensions), strength, and endurance. Students practice maintaining focus, energy, and dynamics over the course of a performance. They work individually, in pairs, and in small ensembles, developing timing and rhythmic acuity. Stage placements used in the studio allow students to address the issue of audience perspective.
Historical and Cultural Relevance:
The student demonstrates an understanding of cultural, historical, and artistic diversity.
Dance Theory II explores the development of different dance styles and the cultural and historical environments in which they exist. Ideally, the focus of inquiry corresponds to the specific style or styles studied in Level II. Students learn to identify and describe dances according to stylistic characteristics and to locate them within their cultural contexts while choreographing short phrases to show their understanding of various historical periods and social contexts. They examine the roles of dance in media such as film, video, and musical theatre. They study theoretical approaches to dance and learn to make connections among the history, theory, and practice of dance through the use of technology.
Critical Evaluation and Response:
The student makes informed personal judgements about dance and the meaning and role of dance in society
Assessment remains a daily, integral part of class work in Dance Theory Level II. Students identify particularly challenging areas of their training and devise ways to strengthen their performance in these areas. Dance students focus on learning self-assessment skills and seek peer evaluation to foster awareness and communication of their ideas and work. Portfolios including media such as videos, journals, and written evaluations may be compiled to aid in assessing progress. Attending community dance performances assists students in establishing personal performance goals and in developing criteria for evaluating dance performances. Vocational and avocational opportunities for dancers may be taken into account when formulating curricula and student assessment criteria.

Topics to be covered may include: dance as a product of culture; the relationship of dance technique to the overall field: repertory, dance in entertainment-jazz, musical theater, hip hop, ballroom; applied kinesiology as it relates to the efficiency of movement; career preparation; dance production; labanotation; and strategies for effective learning, professional engagement, and longevity in the discipline. Through extensive viewing of video and live dance performance and subsequent writings and discussions, students learn to identify, describe, analyze, and interpret choreographic practices, characteristics of performers, different uses of production elements, and the aesthetic, political, social, and cultural contexts that characterize the state of the art today.

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