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About the Dance Department

Students can study ballet, ethnic, modern, hip hop, and stage, as well as martial arts, dance conditioning, and yoga. All of these courses receive daily instruction for credit. Each path within the dance curriculum requires an audition process to move beyond beginner to intermediate and advanced, regardless of grade level. The Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drum Ensemble performs throughout the area and provides income for students during the summer months. Graduating seniors can earn a Dance Major Certificate by completing 5 credits in dance with at least one credit of Anatomy and Physiology,and the completion of a senior project approved by the Dance Department Faculty. Dance majors often engage in master classes with touring dance professionals and companies, including the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Tommy Nani Igbani, an African dancer and drummer, and the Ghanaian dance and drumming ensemble lead by Bernard Woma.

The Dance Department also includes our Martial Arts program taught by Mark Cramer.

Dancers in Action

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Dance 6
Introduction to Dance 6th Grade is focused on the beginning of all dance styles such as ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, african, and salsa. Each student will learn the background and history of each style along with gaining the knowledge of the basic steps and movement to each style.

Introduction to Dance 7
Introduction to Dance 7th Grade is focused on an overview of all dance styles such as ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, african, and salsa. Each student will learn the background and history of each style along with gaining the knowledge of the intermediate to advanced steps and movement to each style. Students will also start focusing and analyzing their own choreography.

Beginning Ballet
Introduction to proper etiquette, technique and history of ballet. Students will learn basic adagio and allegro combinations. Students will learn basic turns and leaps. Students will have an opportunity to learn and perform choreography.

Fees: Students must provide leotard, tights and ballet slippers.

Intermediate Ballet
This class builds on the technique and history of beginning ballet. Students will learn longer and more difficult combinations. Students will be introduced to higher level turns and leaps. Students will create and perform their own ballet choreography.

Prerequisite:
Students need to have knowledge and have taken ballet prior to taking this class.

Fees: Students must provide leotard, tights and ballet slippers.

Advanced Ballet
This class builds on the knowledge and skills they have learned in intermediate ballet. Students will be ask to create a lesson plan and teach a beginning ballet class. Students will develop on their skill levels by mastering turns, leaps and longer combinations. Students will start creating solos and group pieces and verbally express what is the meaning of the dance.

Prerequisite:
Student need to have knowledge and be able to perform skills learned in intermediate ballet.

Fees: Students need to provide leotard, tights and ballet slippers

Beginning Ethnic
Technique, Progressions, West African Dances, History, Acro- Partnering, Performance, Choreography

IIntermediate Ethnic
Technique, Progressions, West African Dances, History, Acro- Partnering, Performance, Choreography, Afro- Caribbean Ensemble Summer and in School Year outreach Program

Prerequisite:
Beginning Ethnic or Prior Training

Beginning Hip Hop
Beginning hip hop is focused on the beginning history of the style. It covers the importance of hip hop along with the best technical beginning skills that the style endures. At the end of the semester, students will understand the true meaning of hip hop, be able to compare and contrast the style from now and then, and excel in beginning movement for them to move on to the intermediate/advanced level technically.

Intermediate Hip Hop
Intermediate hip hop focuses on the history and today’s world of hip hop. The students will understand the differences between the two centuries along with the education of difficult movement within the style. Students will learn and study all advanced movement of hip hop along with practicing their own choreography within the subject.

Beginning Modern
Students will learn basic movement based on several modern dance styles. Students will work on flexibility, strength and expression of movement. Students will begin working on improvisation through dance with verbal cues. Students will learn and perform modern dances.

Fees: Students need to provide black pants and white t shirt.

Intermediate Modern
Students will continue working and building on the skills that they have learned in beginning modern. Students will start lifting and bearing weight with a partner. Student will start creating their own dances based on time, space and energy. Students will learn and perform modern dances.

Prerequisite:
Students must be knowledgeable and perform skills taught in beginning modern.

Fees: Students need to provide black pants and white t shirt.

Advance Modern
Technique, Progressions, Partnering/ Acro, Choreography, Apparatus work- Chairs Boxes etc

Prerequisite:
Prior training in Modern and Ballet or Modern I or II

Beginning Stage
A beginning level dance course that focuses mainly on jazz and tap technique, but also covers musical theater and contemporary. Open to anyone interested in dance!

Intermediate Stage 1
Intermediate stage 1 covers the dance styles of jazz, contemporary, musical theater and tap. Open to all grade levels, but must audition with teacher before enrolling.

Prerequisite:
Intermediate level of jazz technique

Intermediate Stage 2
Intermediate stage 2 is the third level of stage dance classes that cover the styles of jazz, contemporary, musical theater and tap. High level of technique is expected and must audition with the teacher before enrolling in class.

Prerequisite:
High intermediate level of jazz technique

Advance Stage
This course is offered to the most advanced dance students in the styles of jazz, contemporary, musical theater and choreography. These students dance for two hours a day, and perform in many productions throughout the year. Very dance intense class with warm-ups and technique- high level of dedication required. Must audition and be approved by teacher to enroll.

Prerequisite:
Must be a versatile dancer in the styles of jazz and contemporary.

Dance Conditioning
Dance conditioning is focused on the work ethic of one individual on a physical level. This class focuses on one’s physical ability and health. Students will exercise doing various workouts along with learning how to write workout and nutritional plans. At the end of the course, students will have a strong stamina, core, understanding of food groups, and the knowledge of all bones and muscles in the body.

Yoga
Technique/Practice Asanas, History/ Health- research and lecture, Acro- Partnering, Choreography- Minimal, Performance opportunity- Xhibit

Martial Arts
Toledo School for the Arts Seiwa Kai Goju Ryu Karatedo
芸術のためのトレド学校 誠和会剛柔流空手道

Syllabus: Karatedo at TSA is taught as a traditional Japanese martial art. Students will be studying Goju Ryu (Hard Soft Style) which is one of several traditional Okinawan/Japanese styles that is practiced around the world. You will be expected to fully participate in all of the following activities:

  1. Conditioning (Junbiundo, 準備 運動 )
  2. Basic Techniques (Kihon, 基本)
  3. Art (Kata, 型)
  4. Self-Defense (Bunkai, 分解 )
  5. Sport (Jiyu Kumite, 組手)
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