Dance Courses

78 Choreography

Course Number: 

DAN135

Deepen your dance making skills in this course focused on learning a wide range of choreographic tools and structures to create complex and meaningful dances. Work solo and in small groups to create dances inspired by different themes and dance styles. Choreograph dances inspired by works of art, music, literature, personal narrative, and other themes. Previous dance experience is a recommended prerequisite for this course.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Prior dance class at PVPA or at outside studio/school

78 Dance Education Lab

Course Number: 

DAN154B

Do you love to dance and love kids? Learn how to teach dance in elementary schools and become a dance mentor for younger students in this course, which takes PVPA students into local elementary schools most weeks. Students will be trained in the award- winning Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) teacher-training model based in NYC, which emphasizes a creative approach to choreography by making connections to literature, social studies and science. There will be a performance at the end of the semester, and a field trip to New York City. Strong leadership skills are necessary, as well as an enthusiastic attitude!

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Interview

78 Dance Technique I

Course Number: 

DAN157

This is a fun introduction to different dance genres and styles including improvisation, ballet, modern, and jazz dance with an emphasis on learning the fundamentals of dance technique. Learn a wide range of dance vocabulary while improving alignment, flexibility, coordination, strength, and expressiveness. Emphasis is on learning the basics and gaining confidence as a dancer. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

78 Dance Technique II

Course Number: 

DAN158B

This is a more intermediate level technique class for students wanting a more challenging dance experience. Emphasis is on improving one's overall dance technique through a range of dance genres including ballet and modern/contemporary. The class includes a technical warm up, center work, and learning combinations from both peers and the teacher. Elements of improvisation and dance making are integrated into the class. There will be a performance at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: 7/8 Dance Technique 1 or previous dance experience (per instructor's discretion).

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Dance Technique I

78 Funkadelic Dance Company

Course Number: 

DAN116

Funkadelic Hip Hop Dance Company, under the Artistic Direction of Shakia Johnson, is a required course for members of the Funkadelic company. In this class, students will receive intensive and rigorous training in Hip Hop dance and gain an indepth understanding of the cultural and historic roots of Hip Hop by studying a wide range of styles such as Lockin', Poppin', Breakin', 90's, House, Wackin' and New School. Students will learn diverse hip hop choreography from PVPA Faculty, students and guest artists and will enhance their performance and choreography skills by studying the creative process and participating in multiple performance opportunities throughout the year at PVPA and within the greater Pioneer Valley community. Auditions are required for enrollment into Funkadelic Hip Hop Dance Company and intermediate to advanced level Hip Hop dance experience expected. Additional mandatory rehearsals will be held after school on days to be decided.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

78 Hip Hop Dance

Course Number: 

DAN128

Dance in the tradition of B-boys and B-girls. Learn about the culture, dance steps, and music of the hip-hop tradition through freestyle dancing, specific styles and techniques plus choreography. Learn a wide range of hip-hop vocabulary and skills in a course emphasizing individual work, floor work, partner work, and group choreography. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

78 Intro African Dance and Drum

Course Number: 

DAN100

This class provides an introduction to West African dance, rhythms and chants. Students learn connections in African dance and music forms while connecting their own bodies, breath and sound. Students explore traditional dances from Guinea, West Africa. Drummers learn traditional rhythms, hand techniques and positions, and take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

78 YoGo Jam

Course Number: 

DAN170

Enjoy a fun yet challenging fitness class, which combines cardio workouts, basics of hatha yoga, and strength training. Learn heart-healthy and dance inspired workout models such as Zumba and NIA, which set basic dance moves to music and rhythms. Emphasis will be on improving one's coordination, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health and mindfulness. Mats and props are provided. No previous dance experience is necessary! This is a non-competitive learning environment!

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Advanced Technique: Ballet

Course Number: 

DAN165

This course emphasizes increasing technical proficiency, improving anatomical awareness, and developing deeper understanding of the skills and principles required in the professional field of concert dance. The fall semester is focused on ballet, to allow for immersion and a deepened practice supporting optimum growth and development. Students at this level must be competent at the intermediate level, and ready to perform longer and more complex movement sequences that approach a higher level of performance ability. There are performances throughout the semester.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

A-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Prior dance class at PVPA or at outside studio/school

Advanced Technique: Contemporary

Course Number: 

DAN166B

This course emphasizes increasing technical proficiency, improving anatomical awareness, and developing deeper understanding of the skills and principles required in the professional field of concert dance. The spring semester is focused on contemporary styles, to allow for immersion and a deepened practice supporting optimum growth and development. Students at this level must be competent at the intermediate level, and ready to perform longer and more complex movement sequences that approach a higher level of performance ability. There are performances throughout the semester.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

A-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Prior dance class at PVPA or at outside studio/school

African Dance I

Course Number: 

DAN152

This section of the combined dance and drumming class focuses on the study of West African dance, rhythms and chants. Students perfect African dance and music forms while connecting to their own bodies, breath and sound. Students increase technical proficiency and knowledge in traditional dances from Guinea, West Africa and other countries in western Africa.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

Body Conditioning

Course Number: 

DAN125

This class is designed to improve alignment, strengthen muscles, and develop greater coordination and flexibility through a variety of workout models. This class will offer a fun, non-competitive workout where you will strengthen your entire body and develop a healthy self image! Work out in a non-stress learning environment!

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Cardio Jam

Course Number: 

DAN168B
Dancers train like athletes! Focus on heart-healthy fitness models which are fun, challenging, and intended to raise your overall fitness level. Learn the foundations of Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance workout which sets basic dance moves to Latin beats and rhythms, as well as other cardio workouts. Emphasis will be on improving one’s coordination, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health and wellness.

 

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Catalyst Dance Company

Course Number: 

DAN153

Catalyst is a pre-professional student dance company that showcases innovative student choreography and presents guest choreographers' and PVPA faculty members' works of the highest caliber. Catalyst is dedicated to versatility; the techniques practiced and performance works presented range in styles from Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Afro-Modern, and Contemporary, to Hip-Hop and more. Catalyst dancers focus on the advanced training necessary to excel in a concert dance career. Catalyst gives students an in-depth understanding of composition as well as technical training and performance experience. Catalyst performs annually in PVPA productions, and members attend the Regional High School Dance Festival, where they have the opportunity to receive scholarships to summer programs and colleges. This is a required class for all Catalyst members, in addition to commitments outside of the school day.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Choreography Lab

Course Number: 

DAN142

Deepen your improvisation and choreography skills as you create complex and meaningful dance in this course focused on experimenting with different structured improvisation models and choreographic devices and forms. Work solo and in small groups, and create dances inspired by different themes, dance styles, and works of major choreographers. Choreograph dances inspired by works of art, literature, personal narrative, and other themes. There will be a performance at the end of the semester.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

Dance DNA:Theory to Practice

Course Number: 

DAN171B

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. - Sir Isaac Newton. By studying those who came before us, we can find inspiration and unique new pathways for art making. This course will be divided into 3 units of study: The focus of Part 1 will be on learning about the unique philosophies, techniques and masterworks of dance legends of the 20th and 21st centuries who have redefined dance. Students will examine dance as a reflection of societies beliefs, values and structures, reflecting individual, religious, political and aesthetic trends and forces. In Part 2, students will make connections between the work of these legends and their own values, beliefs and aesthetics as choreographers and dancers. Experience the creative processes of influential artists in order to respond to dance and to create innovative dance works. Finally, in Part 3, students will gather invaluable and essential skills for a professional dance career, crafting artist vision statements, resume and proposal writing, creating choreography reels and learning how to market their unique skills for an ever-evolving industry.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block

Dance Technique I

Course Number: 

DAN146

This class provides students with strong fundamental skills in dance, including anatomical awareness, body alignment for efficient movement, and deepened practice in technical skills. Students will increase joint mobility, learn efficient movement patterns, core strength, proper support for dance movement and development of upper/lower connectivity. Students practice technique in ballet, modern, and jazz, and gain movement skills and find confidence and enjoyment through movement. Students in the class are expected to have an interest in improving their dance technique and expanding their dance experiences.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block

Funkadelic Dance Company

Course Number: 

DAN117

Funkadelic Hip Hop Dance Company, under the Artistic Direction of Shakia Johnson, is a required course for members of the Funkadelic company. In this class, students will receive intensive and rigorous training in Hip Hop dance and gain an indepth understanding of the cultural and historic roots of Hip Hop by studying a wide range of styles such as Lockin', Poppin', Breakin', 90's, House, Wackin' and New School. Students will learn diverse hip hop choreography from PVPA Faculty, students and guest artists and will enhance their performance and choreography skills by studying the creative process and participating in multiple performance opportunities throughout the year at PVPA and within the greater Pioneer Valley community. Auditions are required for enrollment into Funkadelic Hip Hop Dance Company and intermediate to advanced level Hip Hop dance experience expected. Additional mandatory rehearsals will be held after school on days to be decided.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

Hip-Hop Dance

Course Number: 

DAN127

Hip Hop is an awareness that has its historical roots and unique dance movements. Throughout the course we will be learning about the history, culture and its influence on today's Hip Hop scene.This is a fun and fast pace class for dancers who have developed a basic foundation in hip-hop movements and sequences. Throughout the semester, dancers will learn intricate and challenging hip-hop movements that infuse poppin', lockin' and house dance. Students will learn how to improvise freely in each style with enthusiasm and confidence and will be expected to choreograph their own hip hop dances, teach and collaborate with their peers, and perform in multiple venues. Previous dance experience required.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Jazz Dance

Course Number: 

DAN129B

Explore the roots, influences, and unique vocabulary of different styles of jazz dance that have developed throughout the ages. Learn the fundamentals of jazz dance styles through technique, improvisation, choreography and research. Learn choreographed jazz dances as well as choreograph their own jazz-inspired dances. Students at this level must be competent at the intermediate level and ready to perform longer and more complex movement sequences that approach a higher level of performance ability.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

WOFA African Dance II

Course Number: 

DAN160

This is the dance section of PVPA's West African drum and dance company. Perfect African dance forms while connecting to your own body, breath and sound. Increase technical proficiency and knowledge in traditional dances from Guinea, West Africa and other countries in western Africa. All students take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music. Students are encouraged to participate in both semesters.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Yoga

Course Number: 

DAN167

Yoga has its roots in ancient India and yet has evolved into a highly popular form of exercise in American culture. Enjoy a yoga class that combines basic Hatha postures with meditation, pranayama (breathing) and flowing yoga/dance movements designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and deepen a feeling of relaxation and serenity. Learn a wide range of yoga postures as well as techniques to calm the mind to help reduce stress and leave one feeling present and refreshed. Mats are provided. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block