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Dance

Applicants to the Dance Department have been dancing for many years at local studios before auditioning. The program is based on building a solid dance technique while also exploring the artistic and creative possibilities of Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap dance styles. With our comprehensive curriculum of dance techniques, choreography classes and guest artists, APA provides high school dancers with unique learning opportunities that often put them at an advantage when they begin college or careers upon graduation. Many of our alumni perform in professional and renowned companies and have graduated with degrees in their art form.


Ballet Technique
Students will study intermediate principles of ballet. Each class will include barre work, center, across the floor, petite allegro, grande allegro, performance qualities, history, and vocabulary. Lectures, papers, and discussions that cover ballet dance and related topics will be included. Renowned ballet masters will be featured as guest instructors periodically throughout the length of the course. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. The course may be repeated for additional credit.

 
Dance Technologies I
Students will study beginning principles of dance technique. Each class will include a warm-up, center and across the floor combinations for the purpose of developing strength, flexibility, coordination and correct body alignment. Students will study the technique, vocabulary and history of various disciplines including ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Written exams and dance performance reviews will be required. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.
 
Dance Technologies II
Students will study advanced beginning to intermediate principles of dance technique. Each class will include a warm-up, center and across the floor combinations for the purpose of developing strength, flexibility, coordination and correct body alignment. Students will study the technique, vocabulary and history of various disciplines including ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Written exams and dance performance reviews will be required. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.

 

Jazz Technique
Students will study intermediate principles of jazz dance. Each class will include a center floor warm-up, floor stretches, and barre stretches, all of which are designed to develop strength, control, flexibility, body alignment and overall jazz technique. This class will include progressions and movement combinations. Emphasis will be on body alignment, centering, theory, timing, technique, execution of movement, memory, dance vocabulary, artistic expression and performance. Lectures and discussions that cover dance related topics as selected by the instructor would be included. Nationally and internationally recognized master teachers and choreographers are periodically featured throughout the length of the course. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. The course may be repeated for additional credit.

 

Choreography
Student will study beginning and intermediate principles of choreography. The class will cover dance history, the basic elements of movement, the staging of dance, and all aspects of putting on a dance production, including music, sound, costumes, sets, and lighting design. Students will have the opportunity to study with recognized master teachers in various disciplines related to choreography. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory showings/performances. The course may be repeated for additional credit.

 

Modern Technique
Students will study intermediate principles of modern dance. The class will explore the use of space, energy, rhythm and improvisation while emphasizing body control, alignment and use of weight changes within a modern dance movement vocabulary. Lectures and discussions that cover modern dance and related topics as selected by the instructor will be included. Recognized modern master teachers/choreographers will be featured periodically throughout the length of the course. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

 

Dance Composition
Course studies dance history, the basic elements of movement, the staging of dance and all aspects of putting on a dance production; including music, sound, costumes, set pieces, and lights.

 

Modern Technique 2
An Advanced study of Modern Technique 1.

 

Professioal Dance ROP
This competency-based course prepares students for entry-level positions in the dance field. Students learn the elements of dance and also the self-discipline and commitment required to dance professionally. Health and fitness, training and conditioning, rehearsal and performance preparation and career preparation standards are integrated throughout this course. Participation in several on and off campus performances are required.

 

Tap Technique
Student will study advanced beginning and intermediate principles of tap dance. Each class will include a barre, center floor, and across the floor warm-up, and basic exercises which are designed to develop strength, control, flexibility, body alignment and overall tap technique. This class will include progressions and movement combinations. Emphasis will be on body alignment, centering, theory, timing, technique, execution of movement, memory, dance vocabulary, artistic expression, and performance. Lectures and discussions that cover dance related topics as selected by the instructor would also be included. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. The course may be repeated for additional credit.

 

Dance Ensemble
Students will study advanced principles of ballet, modern, jazz or tap dance. Each class will include a warm-up, center and across the floor combinations. Emphasis will be on execution of movement, memory, dance vocabulary, artistic expression and performance. Lectures and discussions that cover dance related topics would be included. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. Renowned master teachers will be presented periodically throughout the length of the course. This class may be repeated for additional credit.