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Dance

Dance

Students will have exposure to high quality dance education in a nurturing and challenging environment while promoting excitement and fun. The primary focus is to perform, present, produce and both respond and connect to various dance genres. The dance program at NHAMS follows the established New London elementary dance curriculum. The dance curriculum has been developed and organized to ensure that students learn the essential elements and principles of dance which are considered the foundations of making and understanding dance. This allows us to scaffold skills and concepts with increasing difficulty and refinement as students grow in maturity while also providing flexibility of presentation via projects. The dance curriculum also embraces the National Core Arts Standards in lesson development. 



Grade Level Focus

In kindergarten, students learn appropriate studio etiquette and begin learning the elements of dance. This includes use of equipment and surrounding elements of the studio space such as mirrors, personal and classroom space, locomotor, and non-locomotor movements.

In first grade, students continue to practice appropriate studio etiquette and begin to expand on creative movement and are exposed to ballet, hip hop and jazz. Students continue to learn the elements of dance with a focus on body & space. This includes body alignment, body shapes, lines, and positions.

In second grade, students become more acquainted with ballet, hip hop, jazz and introduced to tap. Students continue to learn the elements of dance with a focus on time and energy. This includes rhythm of music and movements, counts of movements connecting with music and flow of energy within movements.

In third grade, students begin to focus on the performance and presentation of dance routines incorporating all elements of dance and intentional movement. Students continue to learn the elements of dance with a focus on choreographic exploration to create dance routines in ballet, hip hop, jazz and tap.

In fourth grade, students create and perform various dance routines, within several genres, with a focus on formations, transitions, and relationship between dancers. Greater focus is placed on technique and the ensemble moves from choreographic exploration to sync movement.

In fifth grade, students expand on the creation and performance of various dance routines, within several genres, with a focus on formations, transitions, and relationship between dancers. Greater focus is placed on technique and the ensemble moves from choreographic exploration to sync movement.

Unique course offering can be found on the Course Catalog tab.


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