Dance Department Course Descriptions

Talent Unlimited High School’s Dance program is a New York State certified CTE (Career and Technical Education) course of study. Students take a sequence of non-duplicative, conservatory-style classes culminating in a four-part New York City Comprehensive Dance Arts Exam. Upon completion of both the course of study and the exam, students receive a Regents Diploma with an Advanced Designation in the Arts.

The mission of the Talent Unlimited Dance Program is to foster creative and critical thinking in developing artists and to instill the work ethics of responsibility, perseverance and honesty. We believe these to be the key ingredients to success in any chosen endeavor.
 
We have developed a four year sequential curriculum with the college bound student in mind.
 
9th Grade
  • Introduction to Modern technique with a focus on breath, suspension, alignment and anatomy.
  • Improvisation in dance as it relates to pre-designed structures.
  • Introduction to Dance history focus on 17th c. Court Ballet and early 20th c. Modern Choreographers.
  • Dance analysis as an art form and its relationship with visual art and music.
 
10th Grade
  • Modern Technique with a focus on more advanced applications in the use of weight (fall and recovery) using falls, breath rhythm, turns and elevation with an emphasis on Laban effort qualities in performance.
  • Dance Composition which draws comparisons between processes of composition both in English class and dance class, focusing on Theme and Variation.
  • Dance History subjects include 20th c modern choreographers 1940 - present
  • Dance analysis (Laban based) as a paradigm for composition,  critical observation and writing dance critique.
  • Anatomy: full skeletal identification and use of/in dance technique



Ballet Technique I 
Teacher: Babette Connor Pisco

The course is designed to introduce the beginner/intermediate dance student to the fundamentals of ballet technique. The emphasis will be in developing an understanding of proper movement skills and building core strength through floor barre techniques (Pilates & Yoga skills) as well as daily technique class. The Ballet I course is designed with specific exercises to enhance proper body placement, strength, flexibility, balance, musicality and movement coordination. Students will gain an understanding and an appreciation for ballet as an expressive art form through technique class as well as further studies in anatomy, dance history, repertoire, music, and performance. Special projects, workshops, and dance related assignments will focus on topics that will begin to prepare the student for the New York City Comprehensive Dance Exam given in their senior year.

  • Ballet Technique (Based on the Vaganova & Cecchetti style): Floor barre, barre work, center work, adagio, allegro, traveling combinations, pirouettes, port de bras, stretching, reverence.
  • Ballet Terminology (French vocabulary): Listening, repeating and modeling movement.
  • Body Alignment and the Anatomical Structure: Anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, kinesthetics.
  • Pilates Technique of Body Conditioning: Introduction to the mat work series, breathing techniques, core strength.
  • Yoga Technique (Hatha and Vinyasa ): Breathing techniques, yoga poses, core strength, stretch, meditation.
  • Ballet History: Origins of ballet, Louis XIV, Romantic periods of dance, choreographers, dancers & composers (19th century).
  • Repertoire: Romantic style of ballet, (Giselle, La Sylphide, Pas de Quatre, etc.), musical style, costumes, stage design, stage make-up, stage lighting.
  • Performance Technique: Ensemble, corps de ballet, ballet production, stage directions, theatre etiquette, roles of a dance company, performance professionalism. 

Resources & Materials: NYC Dept of Education Dance Blueprint, Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, New York City Ballet Educational Resource Center, Vaganova & Cecchetti Techniques in ballet, Dance Magazine, Dance Web sites, Ballet history books and performance repertory videos.


Ballet Technique II 
Teacher: Babette Connor Pisco

The course is designed for the intermediate/advanced ballet dancer in the classical technique of Vaganova & Cecchetti styles. The course focuses on executing ballet exercises with more proficiency, strength and graceful qualities. In addition to daily technique class students will be participate in point, repertoire and performance as well as professional dance workshops. Further studies in body alignment, dance history (20th century), music comprehension, anatomy, injury prevention, special projects and dance related assignments are designed to prepare the dancer to topics that will be assessed in the New York City Comprehensive Dance Exam which takes place in their senior year.

  • Ballet technique (Based on the Vaganova & Cecchetti Technique): Floor barre, barre work, center work, adagio, allegro, traveling combinations, pirouettes, stretching, reverance.
  • Ballet Terminology (French vocabulary): Listening, repeating and modeling movement.
  • Body Alignment and the Anatomical Structure: Anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, kinesthetics,
  • Pilates Technique of Body Conditioning: Intermediate/advanced Pilates mat work series.
  • Point work: Barre, Center, Across the Floor &. Point Variations.
  • Ballet History: Petipa, Fokine, Diaghilev, Russian Story Ballets
  • Music comprehension: Tempo, meter, rhythm, accent, phrasing, classical repertory. 
  • Ballet Repertory: Petipa, Fokine & Diaghilev Ballets, choreography, 
  • Production: Roles of the Director, Stage manager etc, costumes, stage design, lighting, program.
  • Performance Technique: Ensemble, corps de ballet, ballet production, stage directions, performance professionalism.
  • Dance Workshops: Guest choreographers, College lecture demonstrations, professional dance companies

Resources & materials: New York City Dance Blueprint, Dance Magazine, New York City Ballet Educational Resource Center, NYC Performing Arts Library, Classical Ballet, Pilates & Yoga books, ballet videos, dance web sites.


Advanced Ballet

This class concentrates on the progression of technique from the Russian, Agrippina Vaganova tothe “American Style” that was developed by George Balanchine©. Repertory is taught to enhance and support that technique.


Dance History
Dance History focuses on the areas of study that are required to prepare students for the New York City Comprehensive Dance Exit Exam. Preparation for the Dance on Demand and Choreography Components of The Exit Exam include studying styles, methodology, and the music.


*BALANCHINE is a Trademark of The George Balanchine Trust


DANCE ELECTIVES:

Conditioning the Physical Instrument 

The course is designed to introduce body conditioning techniques. The emphasis will be based on movement skills of Pilates and Yoga and to build awareness of the student’s physical instrument. Students will gain knowledge and practical understanding of unique exercises through a mat work system to improve posture, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.

  • Pilates technique of body conditioning
  • Yoga Practices
  • Breathing techniques
  • Terminology
  • Anatomical structure

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