Dance

Department Head:  Mr. M. Wilson
mark.wilson@burnabyschools.ca

DANCE

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Ms. C. Wilson Christina.wilson@burnabyschools.ca

Dance Foundations 8

Through daily warmups, team building activities, and explorations in choreography, this course will teach students basic dance technique and performance qualities developed through the elements of movement.  Through a progressive approach, students can expect to improve in strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination; in addition to building confidence and building trust with one another. Students can expect to work in pairs, small groups, and as a large class in preparation for the Year End Dance Recital. No prior experience or prerequisite required. All students, regardless of their prior dance experience, are expected to register in this course in grade 8.

Dance Company for Grade 8 (by audition only)

Dance Company does not have a grade 8 level course; if the teacher notices in the first 2 weeks of school that a student would be better suited for a higher-level dance class, the teacher will offer qualified students a chance to be in Dance Company. Please keep in mind that this class includes students from grade 9-12 and only a couple of grade 8 students are usually chosen to be placed in this class.

After School Dance Opportunities for Grade 8

World Dance: World Dance is a credit course for students 10-12 but grade 8 students may join as club members. Previous experience is not necessary. Students will explore at least 2 types of world dance styles that may include Bhangra, Tahitian, Tinikling, Hawaiian, Broadway Jazz, Breakdance, or Maori Poi. Students will learn dance technique, choreography, history, and other aspects such as costuming and performance. Students may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital.

Dance Production: Dance Production is a credit course for students grade 10-12 but grade 8 students may join as club members. There is no dancing involved in this course and no experience is necessary. Students gain experience in the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a dance show. Students can expect to improve their practical skills in the areas of costume design, graphic design, organization, lighting effects, music exploration, set construction, makeup design, prop design, and stage management. This course is a wonderful way to meet new friends as a lot of our projects are group based. Teamwork is a huge aspect of this class. Students who are not enrolled in another dance course will be expected to help run the year end dance recital backstage.

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Dance Foundations 9

This course is an extension of the gr.8 level, but students do not need to have previous experience. The general structure and content of the course is like Dance Foundations 8 in its warmups, and team building exercises, but previous dance technique is coupled with more difficult challenges. This is a great course for beginner to intermediate dancers and adjustments in difficulty levels are made for more advanced students as well. Through a progressive approach, students can expect to improve in strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination; in addition to building confidence, building trust with one another, and learning how to lead by example. Students can expect to work in pairs, small groups, and as a large class in preparation for the Year End Dance Recital.

Dance Company 9 (by audition)

Dance Company is open to qualified grade 9 students who may apply through teacher approval or an audition. This course is a class for students who are highly motivated and those who have extensive previous dance training or experience in either modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, or breakdance. It is recommended that students take an additional dance class in either dance foundations or an after–school dance course to improve their technical learning. There are two groups in this class. One focuses on hip hop technique while the other focuses on modern technique. Students are given the opportunity to create their own choreography to be presented in future shows. Students also participate in a large class dance to be performed at the Burnaby Festival of Dance and the Year End Dance recital.

After School Dance Opportunities for Grade 9

World Dance: World Dance is a credit course for students 10-12 but grade 9 students may join as club members. Previous experience is not necessary. Students will explore at least 2 types of world dance styles that may include Bhangra, Tahitian, Tinikling, Hawaiian, Broadway Jazz, Breakdance, or Maori Poi. Students will learn dance technique, choreography, history, and other aspects such as costuming and performance. Students may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital.

Dance Production: Dance Production is a credit course for students grade 10-12 but grade 9 students may join as club members. In some cases, grade 9 students can register as grade 10 students. They just need to ask the teacher for permission. There is no dancing involved in this course and no experience is necessary. Students gain experience in the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a dance show. Students can expect to improve their practical skills in the areas of costume design, graphic design, organization, lighting effects, music exploration, set construction, makeup design, prop design, and stage management. This course is a wonderful way to meet new friends as a lot of our projects are group based. Teamwork is a huge aspect of this class. Students who are not enrolled in another dance course will be expected to help run the year end dance recital backstage.

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Dance Foundations 10

Depending on how the courses are split due to the number of students signing up for dance in each grade level, gr.10 students are usually placed in a split class with either gr.9 students or grade 11 & 12 students. This does not affect the quality of instruction given or the level of difficulty for the grade 10 dancer. An extension to its predecessor, Dance Foundations 9, this course is open to beginner to advanced dancers without any previous experience. This course includes warmups and various dance activities. Dance vocabulary and technique is further developed alongside exploration of choreography. Students can expect to work individually, in pairs, small groups, and as a class to create one class dance piece to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Company 10 (by audition)

Dance Company 10 is open to qualified grade 10 students who may apply through teacher approval or an audition. This course is a class for students who are highly motivated and those who have extensive previous dance training or experience in either modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, or breakdance. It is recommended that students take an additional dance class in either dance foundations or an after–school dance course to improve their technical learning. There are two groups in this class. One focuses on hip hop technique while the other focuses on modern technique. Students are given the opportunity to create their own choreography to be presented in future shows. Students also participate in a large class dance to be performed at the Burnaby Festival of Dance and the Year End Dance recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

After School Dance Opportunities for Grade 10

World Dance: World Dance is a credit course for students 10-12 but grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. Previous experience is not necessary. Students will explore at least 2 types of world dance styles that may include Bhangra, Tahitian, Tinikling, Hawaiian, Broadway Jazz, Breakdance, or Maori Poi. Students will learn dance technique, choreography, history, and other aspects such as costuming and performance. Students may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Production: Dance Production is a credit course for students grade 10-12 but grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. They just need to ask the teacher for permission. There is no dancing involved in this course and no experience is necessary. Students gain experience in the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a dance show. Students can expect to improve their practical skills in the areas of costume design, graphic design, organization, lighting effects, music exploration, set construction, makeup design, prop design, and stage management. This course is a wonderful way to meet new friends as a lot of our projects are group based. Teamwork is a huge aspect of this class. Students who are not enrolled in another dance course will be expected to help run the year end dance recital backstage. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

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Dance Foundations 11

Perfect for the beginner student, Dance Foundations 11 centers students around all aspects of performance. Through basic warmups, across the floor work, and teacher or student led choreography, students will learn basic technique to improve strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination. An important focus of this course is on the performance qualities of any choreography that is introduced in the classroom. Progressive lessons will allow students to work more effectively in small and larger groups. One class dance piece is perfected to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital. Students do not need any previous experience to take this course. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Technique & Choreography

It is recommended to either take Dance Foundations 11 at the same time or have previous experience before taking this course, but all students are welcome to challenge themselves. Students will focus on technique and choreography strategies which include group exploration activities and individual choreography work. One class dance will be performed at the Year End Dance Recital. This course focusses on how students can create their own choreography through teacher guided exercises. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Company 11 (by audition)

Dance Company 11 is open to qualified grade 11 students who may apply through teacher approval or an audition. This course is a class for students who are highly motivated and those who have extensive previous dance training or experience in either modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, or breakdance. It is recommended that students take an additional dance class in either dance foundations or an after-school dance course to improve their technical learning. There are two groups in this class. One focuses on hip hop technique while the other focuses on modern technique. Students are given the opportunity to create their own choreography to be presented in future shows. Students also participate in a large class dance to be performed at the Burnaby Festival of Dance and the Year End Dance recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Leadership 11

Dance Leadership 11 is for students who have previously taken dance courses at Burnaby South. Students should have a working knowledge of how the dance studio is run and must represent the Burnaby South Dance Program in a positive manner. Students may be teamed up with a dance class to learn how to lead warm-ups, help with choreography, learn how to manage a classroom, and how to problem solve different situations that may arise in a classroom. Some students may be in a block with just the teacher in which they help the teacher with costumes, organization, choreography and may get an opportunity to work on special solo projects. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

After School Dance Opportunities for Grade 11

World Dance: World Dance is a credit course for students 10-12 but grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. Previous experience is not necessary. Students will explore at least 2 types of world dance styles that may include Bhangra, Tahitian, Tinikling, Hawaiian, Broadway Jazz, Breakdance, or Maori Poi. Students will learn dance technique, choreography, history, and other aspects such as costuming and performance. Students may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Production: Dance Production is a credit course for students grade 10-12 but grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. They just need to ask the teacher for permission. There is no dancing involved in this course and no experience is necessary. Students gain experience in the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a dance show. Students can expect to improve their practical skills in the areas of costume design, graphic design, organization, lighting effects, music exploration, set construction, makeup design, prop design, and stage management. This course is a wonderful way to meet new friends as a lot of our projects are group based. Teamwork is a huge aspect of this class. Students who are not enrolled in another dance course will be expected to help run the year end dance recital backstage. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

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Dance Foundations 12

This course is an extension of the Dance Foundations 11, but students are not required to have Dance Foundations 11 as a pre-requisite. This is a great course for beginner students. Through challenging warmups, across the floor work, and teacher or student led choreography, students will learn some basic technique to improve strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination. An important focus of this course is on the performance qualities of any choreography that is introduced in the classroom. Progressive lessons will allow students to work more effectively in small and larger groups. One class dance piece is perfected to be performed at the Year End Dance Recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Technique & Choreography 12

It is recommended to take Dance Performance 12 at the same time or to have previous experience for this class, but all students are welcome to take this course.  Students will learn in a progressive environment that includes daily warm up, across the floor technique, group exploration activities, and individual choreography work. One class dance will be performed at the Year End Dance Recital.  This course focusses on how students can create their own choreography through teacher guided exercises. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Company 12 (by audition)

Dance Company 12 is open to qualified grade 12 students who may apply through teacher approval or an audition. This course is a class for students who are highly motivated and those who have extensive previous dance training or experience in either modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, or breakdance. It is recommended that students take an additional dance class in either dance foundations or an after-school dance course to improve their technical learning. There are two groups in this class. One focuses on hip hop technique while the other focuses on modern technique. Students are given the opportunity to create their own choreography to be presented in future shows. Students also participate in a large class dance to be performed at the Burnaby Festival of Dance and the Year End Dance recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Leadership 12

Dance Leadership 12 is for students who have previously taken dance courses at Burnaby South. Students should have a working knowledge of how the dance studio is run and must represent the Burnaby South Dance Program in a positive manner. Students may be teamed up with a dance class to learn how to lead warm-ups, help with choreography, learn how to manage a classroom, and how to problem solve different situations that may arise in a classroom. Some students may be in a block with just the teacher in which they help the teacher with costumes, organization, choreography and may get an opportunity to work on special solo projects. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

After School Dance Opportunities for Grade 12

World Dance: World Dance is a credit course for students 10-12 but grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. Previous experience is not necessary. Students will explore at least 2 types of world dance styles that may include Bhangra, Tahitian, Tinikling, Hawaiian, Broadway Jazz, Breakdance, or Maori Poi. Students will learn dance technique, choreography, history, and other aspects such as costuming and performance. Students may be asked to perform at various events which includes the year end dance recital. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Dance Production: Dance Production is a credit course for students grade 10-12 but grade 8 & 9 students may join as club members. They just need to ask the teacher for permission. There is no dancing involved in this course and no experience is necessary. Students gain experience in the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a dance show. Students can expect to improve their practical skills in the areas of costume design, graphic design, organization, lighting effects, music exploration, set construction, makeup design, prop design, and stage management. This course is a wonderful way to meet new friends as a lot of our projects are group based. Teamwork is a huge aspect of this class. Students who are not enrolled in another dance course will be expected to help run the year end dance recital backstage. Please note that students who take a dance class in grade 10, 11, and 12 will be qualified for a dance scholarship upon graduation.

Visit http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/south-dance/ to find out more