• Prerequisite: Audition only and teacher approval
    • Length: Year

    Course Description: Advanced dance, choreography, & production is designed for the highly motivated dance student. Students in the course will be exposed to advanced dance technique in the areas of ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and hiphop. Through the introduction of these advanced techniques, the students will gain a working vocabulary of movement that will help them progress further with their improvisational skills and choreography. Classroom activities will include dance improvisation, student choreography, preparation for a dance production, and opportunities for student performance of acquired technical skill. Daily participation in exercises that improve flexibility, muscle strength, dance technique, and cardiovascular endurance will emphasize the benefits of lifetime health and fitness. Students will have the opportunity to see virtual/live performances and respond critically through written form. Dance theories in historical context and with an overview on cultural diversity will be taught. Injury prevention, health, nutrition for dancers, and postsecondary dance career and school opportunities will also be explored through the duration of this course. Goals for Artistic Communication Component. This goal is to demonstrate to students how they can naturally use artistic forms of communication to transition to a variety of styles of dance. Students become more effective and efficient at using their natural artistic abilities as they come to realize that art and dance are both accessible and intrinsic in their day to day lives.

    Mesa Dance