We will be learning about the 5 Elements of Dance! Being able to identify and understand these core characteristics can help you when talking about a dance performance or can help you express your ideas and emotions through movement.
The acronym BASTE helps students remember the elements:
Modern Dance was born in America during the turn of the 20th century when a number of choreographers and dancers rebelled against the two forms of dance that were prevalent at the time, ballet and vaudeville (a light often comic theatrical piece frequently combining pantomime, dialogue, dancing, and song). They rejected what they interpreted as the rigid and imperialistic nature of ballet, and they wanted to be taken seriously as artists rather than be seen simply as entertainers.
In this unit, we will study the following Modern Dance Pioneers and their effect on the world of dance: Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey
The study of dance is an essential tool for understanding humanity. Observing and analyzing dance in its cultural context is central to the study of cultures and a vital aspect of exploration in cross-cultural inquiry.
A culture's values are embodied in its dance forms, and for most civilizations of the world, dance is one of the most important expressions of their world-view.
We are going to learn about how dance contributes to the following cultures:
1. Native American Dance: Grass Dance & Hoop Dance
2. West African Dance
3. Latino Dances: Bachata, Folklorico
4. Asian Dances: Chinese Fan Dance, Khmer Dance
5. European Dances: Irish Dance
Classical ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures.
In this unit, we will be focusing on:
Basic Ballet Terminology (French) - dance steps & definitions
Basic Ballet Movements - identifying & demonstrating these basic ballet steps
Correct Body Posture & Ballet Barre Placement - How do I stand at the barre and in my dance space?
Ballet Pioneers & Influential Ballet Dancers - George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Arthur Mitchell, Tamara Rojo, Misty Copeland
Identify and Enjoy Famous Ballets - The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella
Identify and Enjoy Classical Composers / Music - Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Waltz of the Flowers (The Nutcracker), Ludwig Minkus: Spanish Dance (Don Quixote)