All Dance students have opportunities to perform in evening performances and attend field trips to see the Charlotte Ballet, Meredith College High School Day of Dance, etc.
Dance 1 (Beginning)
This course trains students in basic ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques as well as dance history. Students will develop kinesthetic awareness, proper body alignment and physical strength. Students will also use critical thinking skills to create movement sequences that demonstrate basic principles of choreography. Performance opportunities will include an evening performance each semester.
Dance 2 (Intermediate)
This course expands students’ knowledge of dance technique and dance history, and provides opportunities to experiment with more challenging principles of choreography. Students will continue developing their kinesthetic awareness, flexibility and physical endurance. Students will experience the roles of both dancer and choreographer and will develop their ability to analyze dance performances through writing. Performance opportunities will include an evening performance each semester.
Dance 3 & 4 (Proficient & Advanced)
These courses can be taken as an independent study or in a small group. Because students taking Dance 3 and 4 receive the “Honors” designation, there is a significant increase in the amount of independent work and personal responsibility required. Students will challenge themselves to develop innovative choreography and to deepen their understanding of dance history using challenging texts. Students research current events in the global dance community and learn a major repertory work in both ballet and modern dance. Performance opportunities will include an evening performance each semester. Students may repeat this course to earn the Dance 4 (Advanced) credit. Written coursework will be the same as in Dance 3 (Proficient), but students will be assigned slightly different projects and will be paired with different students to complete the projects.