•    Higley High School

    Beginning/Intermediate Dance

    2019 - 2020

    Mrs. Tyler 

     Each dancer will learn and build on the fundamental techniques and vocabulary in many styles of dance. Dance genres will include ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and other cultural styles. It will also include the study in improvisation, choreography, health, the body and dance history. This is a fun, challenging, active course emphasizing on all aspects of the art of dance. Class activities will include performances, quizzes, tests and written assignments.

    Course Objectives:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of dance terminology related to the course content.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of correct body alignment, anatomy   and warm- ups for prevention of injuries and safety factors related to dance movements.
    • To gain knowledge of dance history.
    • To move with correct rhythm and timing.
    • To learn the fundamental technique for all dance styles.
    • To gain strength, flexibility and coordination.
    • To develop an appreciation for the arts.
    • Have a great time embracing the world of dance.


    We follow the Arizona Dance Standards guide for class expectations as well as Higley High classroom expectations.


    • Attend all classes regularly and on time.
    • Be prepared for all classes.
    • Be attentive and respond appropriately to vocal, musical or observed cues.
    • Work cooperatively and be respectful of self and others


    Proper Attire:

    Students are required to dress out for each class starting Friday, August 10th. Students can leave their attire in their locker throughout the week. Please take it home regularly for washing. Locks and lockers are property of the school and students will be charged $8 for each lost lock. You may NOT wear the clothes that you wore to school to class regardless of what color they are.

    • Bottoms: Black form fitted pants, capris (no shorts, unless with opaque tights), no baggy pants.
    • Tops: Solid black form fitting t-shirts, tank tops or exercise shirts, no bras or midriffs showing.
    • You must keep a pair of tennis shoes in your locker for fitness days.
    • Hair must be pulled back off of the face.
    • No gum!
    • No large jewelry. 

    I will make the final decision regarding proper attire for class. Your participation grade will be lowered if you are not dressed out in proper attire. The proper attire allows your teacher to see alignment and movement of the body and makes it easier for you to dance to your highest level comfortably.


    Materials Required Daily: Interactive Dance Notebook

    • Sprial binder
    • 2 pocket folder


    Please have these materials by Wednesday of the first week of school. We will label the tabs together in class, and use it periodically throughout the course. Students are best advised to store the notebook in their dance locker so that it is always available without carrying it to and from school every day. The notebook contains information for all written quizzes, tests, as well as the concert critique assignment requirements and dance journals. Bringing the notebook on assigned days is a class requirement.


    Grading: Your grade will be based on the following:

    Participation and Effort     - 50%

    Present, prompt and dressed in appropriate dancewear.

    Actively participating throughout class period, each day.

    A positive attitude.

    Movement Assessments - 15%

    Present group projects and individual movement exams.

    Written Assessments- 15%

    Written Assessments will include; terminology tests, dance history project, concert critiques and journals.

    Performance and Written Final Exam- 20%

    Attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances for both the fall and spring concert.  A written final will be given at the end of each semester.


    Grades:   A = 90%-100%

                   B = 80%-89%

                   C = 70%-79%

                   D = 60%-69%

                  F = 59% or lower


    Participation and Absences:

    If you sit out of class due to illness or injury, you will loose participation points for that day. You will need to complete make-up work in order to earn the points you missed for not participating in class. Assignments will be in the dance room and included in this packet. You will choose an assignment and do it during the class period or you can take it home to be turned in the following day.

    If any work is missed due to absences you will have one week to complete the assignment or test to get full credit. Please talk to your teacher ASAP in order to make arrangements for missed work. During concert time, you will want to meet with a friend or make after school arrangements to learn missed material.


    Semester 1 and 2 project

    Semester 1 - Due Dec. 11th

    Semester 2 - Due May 6th

    Concert Critique – You must attend 1 high school concert per semester. A concert critique outline and list of concerts will be given at the start of the year.  


    Student Dance Concert:

    Every class will showcase dance pieces they have learned at the annual Higley Student Dance Show. The concerts are mandatory and are considered part of your final which will be given a grade for. Extra after-school rehearsals will be required. More specific details will be issued at a later date. Please be sure to save the date and plan accordingly.


    Fall Concert

    Rehearsals - TBD

    October 29th and 30th – Concert at 6pm


    Spring Concert

    Rehearsals - April 21st

    April 22nd  & 23rd  – Concert at 6pm



    Gold Canyon Candles – Oct/Nov



    Please do not be tardy to class. It is disruptive to the class and will result in a loss of points. Students who are not inside the locker room when the late bell rings will be considered tardy, and will lose 2 participation points for the day.


    Injured/ Long Term Illness/ Medical Excuses:

    If a student is injured and unable to participate in class, the student MUST have a note to excuse him or her. The note may be from a doctor, parent, school nurse, or athletic trainer. If the excuse is for more than three (3) consecutive class periods, the student must bring a doctor’s note. Once a doctor’s note has been received for an injury, the student MUST provide a doctor’s note for clearance to resume participation. Any time a student does not fully participate in class she will lose participation points for the day. If the non-participation is excused via doctor’s note, she will be allowed to turn in make-up work to regain the points.

    *Please note that dance is a very physically demanding activity. Success in dance class is heavily dependent on daily participation, and making up points from frequent non-participation can be time-consuming. If you suffer from a chronic or recurring physical injury you may want to consider taking a different course to fulfill your graduation requirements or taking this class at a later time when you have healed completely.


    Media Release: The public nature of the Higley High School Dance Program means that pictures and videos will be taken of all students and may be used by the school for promotional purposes or within the classroom for learning opportunities. If you wish to not use images of your student, please indicate that on the parent signature sheet.

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     Tactical Teaching: As instructors we find it extremely necessary to be able to give hands-on instruction. In order to correct, and benefit the dancers, we will be doing this in class. If there are any problems with this please come and talk to us during the first week of class so that accommodations can be made.


    Teacher Availability:

    If any questions arise during the semester, Mrs. Tyler can be reached at hailey.tyler@husd.org or by phone at 480-279-7359