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Kelly Shaw
Dance Syllabus
Instructor: Ms. Shaw

Philosophy:
Dance gives students opportunity to develop and enhance their keen kinesthetic awareness and strong communication skills, while allowing the transformation of students into dancers of powerful and expressive artists with the skills and versatility to perform in any dance genre. The Dance curriculum and courses taught will provide a broad variety of the dance education programs that challenge and inspire the dancer artistically, intellectually, mentally, spiritually, and physically in the dance field. Dance students learn, develop, and demonstrate mastery of appreciation of self care for their bodies in performance arts through proper conditioning, physical education, dance technique, alignment, and form. Dance students are held to high expectations of required audience etiquette and respect of themselves, others, and the arts.

Expectations

I. Movement Skills and Underlying Principles
a. Understands, appreciates the personal responsibilities and discipline needed in order to achieve goals of dance and physical training.
b. Identifies, understands Spatial Awareness. Identifies space, time, movement as basic elements of dance
c. Executes movement specific to development of strength, coordination, flexibility, endurance, and personal growth
d. Demonstrates concentration in movement experience
e. Demonstrates consistent flexibility, strength conditioning, basic and advanced techniques
f. Consistently challenging self to reach, exceed expectations, striving to better self: form, technique, discipline, physical strength, technique while exercising physical safety

II. Dance Making, Choreography
a. Creates dance movements, steps, and combinations using the elements of composition
b. Creates and performs works of artistic dance forms that conveys ideas, thoughts, feelings, emotion
c. Performs movement in unison in groups, TEAM PLAYER
d. Performs movement with applied dance techniques in front of all types’ audiences. Understands, appreciates, and entertains to different audience types, displays strong professional stage presence and appearance 
e. Acknowledges, Understands, Appreciates art of being Professional Performer
f. Cooperative, Collaborative, Responsible, Dependable, Professional Team Work

III. Building Context: Cultural, Historical, and Social Inquiry
a. Identify Distinguishing characteristics of dances
b. Identify various cultures from dances
c. Describe: Written, Oral, Performance, Theatrical displays of movement preferences
d. Research, Apply, Write descriptions of dance(s), emotions, performances, history of various dance
e. Learn, Develop, Demonstrate, Master Proper Audience Etiquette
f. Cooperative, Collaborative, Responsible, Dependable, Professional Team Work

IV. Critical and Aesthetic Inquiry
a. Understand, appreciates the set of principles and guidance of the work of artistic movement(s)
b. Compare and Contrast 2 or more dance works
c. Interpret Various parts of published review
d. Describe, support personal definition of dance
e. Accuracy in Evaluations of Content, Technique, Vocabulary
f. Professional Stage Performance Appearance: Costumes. Make-up/Nails: clear, natural and/or match costume
g. Learn, Develop, Demonstrate, Master Critical Constructive Criticism and Feedback of oneself and others

Grading:
90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
0-59% F

Final Grade Percentages:
15% Dance Attire
15% Audience Etiquette
30% Technique 
40% Performance
100% TOTAL

Class, Dance, Performance:
Dance work, effort, technique, attire, etiquette, performances, appearances, and showmanship will be monitored and assessed during classes, dance performances, rehearsals, and shows. Dance, Effort, Stage Presence, Stage Appearances, Backstage Etiquette, Costume Procedures, Assigned Dance Attire, Professionalism, and Performances are ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENTS of ALL Dance classes.Failure to participate in dance and performances result in lower and/or failure grades. 
NON Performance = 0% 
REQUIRED Essay, 5 paragraph minimum (1 intro, 1 closing, 3 body) EMAILED with First and Last Name, Period Number, ESSAY in subject line by due date.
NON PERF REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS:


STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM IN SHOWS:
--CLASS FEES PAID
--ABOVE SATISFACTORY ACADEMICS, EFFORT, CONDUCT
--MODEL STUDENT BEHAVIOR: POSITIVE REPRESENTATION OF SELF, SCHOOL, DANCE
---NO SCHOOL MISCONDUCT: PROBATION, SUSPENSION 
--DANCE CLASS FEES PAID
--NO OUTSTANDING UNPAID FEES, PARENT VOLUNTEER/FAMILY DONATION HOURS
--COSTUMES PAID BY DUE DATES
--COSTUME ACCESSORIES: TIGHTS, SHOES, AS ASSIGNED
--NAILS: CLEAR, NATURAL
---NO JEWELRY and/or as assigned
DANCERS MUST WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM! 

*Dance and Performance MAIN percentage of grade in DANCE class. Students are REQUIRED to DANCE and PERFORM in Dance class and performances. In RARE instance where dance student cannot DUE TO OWN FAILURE IN ELIGIBILITY (Unsatisfactory Grades, Conduct, School Probations/Suspensions, outstanding fees/responsibilites, etc) MUST COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS AND NOT ALLOWED TO BE BACKSTAGE AT SHOW. NO REFUNDS ON COSTUMES PURCHASED. DANCE COSTUMES MAY BE DONATED TO DANCE DEPARTMENT FOR PARENT VOLUNTEER/FAMILY DONATION HOURS. (form attached below)
REQUIRED NON-PERFORMANCE ASSIGNMENTS:


Absences, NON-Performance:
In extreme, rare instance student not able to dance and perform, due to documented sickness/injury/excused absences, alternative assignments are required. Failure to complete and/or turn in alternate assignment(s) per the required specifications assigned result in lower and/or 0% percentages and grade. 
Timely proper notice expected and required if not able to dance and/or perform. Doctor/Medical documented notification, excused absence confirmation REQUIRED for sickness and/or medical reasons.
-REQUIRED: Notification to Ms. Shaw IMMEDIATELY aware not able to perform in show(s)
-REQUIRED: IMMEDIATE Parent/Guardian Email Notification
-REQUIRED: Medical Documentation, Doctor Note with prescribed limitations/restrictions, dates and time period, Excused Medical Doctor Note with date missed due to appointment
-REQUIRED: 5 Paragraph Min Essay per the Specifications
-REQUIRED: Make-up Performances due to non-performance day of show(s)
REQUIRED NON-PERFORMANCE ASSIGNMENTS:
https://middlehigh.somersetsilverpalms.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=783197&type=u&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=617410

*per MDCPS Parent Responsibilities: Your child is to be kept home with contagious illness, diseases, and fever of 100 or higher, not return to school until fever free for minimum of 24 hours. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.* 
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Student Responsibilities after absences: If you have an excused absence, you will need to make up work you missed for credit. Per MDCPS, you are allowed up to 3 days to request, complete, and submit YOUR make-up work. It is the responsibility of the students to check, monitor their own work as needed in MDCPS gradebook.

Late, Missing, Incomplete Assignments: Subject to lower and/or 0% percentages and grade.

Rights, Rules, Responsibilities:
Why are “Rules” necessary? What are our rights and responsibilities? EVERYONE deserves the basic RIGHT OF RESPECT! The rules, rights, and responsibilities of the Dance curriculum focus on the Rights of Respect and the Required Responsibilities, and Routines to follow. Laws, rights, and rules are designed, maintained, and enforced to protect the rights of the individual while still maintaining the freedom rights of individuals. We are free to explore research, apply, demonstrate the resources available to us, but must maintain the rights of ourselves and others to be responsible, respectful, professional dancers, performance artists, and citizens today and in the future.

5 Rights of Respect:
1. RESPECT: MYSELF
a. I have the right to respect myself and be respected! I AM valuable
b. I WILL DO MY ABSOLUTE PERSONAL BEST AT ALL TIMES
c. I have the right to make mistakes, and to LEARN from my mistakes
d. I will NOT GIVE UP
e. I have the RIGHT to ask for clarification on misunderstandings
f. I stand up for myself, in the APPROPRIATE way
g. I have confidence. I CAN……I DO
h. I “do the RIGHT thing”: no matter who sees or not: I have INTEGRITY
i. I am honest, sincere
j. I follow and adhere to MDCPS Code of Conduct
k. I do have, will have, will demonstrate a positive attitude
l. I CAN……I WILL
m. I WILL monitor, review Dance pages for my responsibilities: http://middlehigh.somersetsilverpalms.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=783197&type=u
n. I am ALWAYS IN THE REQUIRED BASIC DANCE ATTIRE FOR EACH AND EVERY DANCE CLASS as INSTRUCTED, REVIEWED, POSTED IN FULL DETAIL ON TEACHER PAGE: “Dance Attire” :
i. Female:
1. BLACK LEOTARD
2. TIGHTS/BLACK LEGGINGS. NO BARE LEG, NO SHORT SHORTS
3. Shoes: Ballet, full sole, pirouettes, paws
4. Hair UP, AWAY FROM FACE, in BUN
ii. Male:
1. BLACK dance shirt (males also allowed white option)
2. BLACK bottoms: joggers, warm-ups, shorts

2. RESPECT: OTHERS
a. I have and fully demonstrate respect and give the rights of respect to:
i. Teachers
ii. Staff
iii. Classmates
iv. ALL OTHERS
b. WE ALL have the right to make mistakes, to learn, to grow
c. WE ALL have the right to do OUR BEST without being ridiculed
d. I take turns, I share. I collaborate, I cooperate
e. I AM helpful
i. Opening doors for others
ii. Offering help when and where needed
iii. Offering helpful, respectful feedback, constructive criticism
iv. I will Give without reason OR expecting something in return
f. I AM considerate
i. I will LISTEN when others speak and not interrupt
ii. I look into the eyes of other when speaking
iii. I CARE
iv. I wait my turn, I am patient, understanding, flexible
v. I raise my hand and patiently wait my turn to be called on
vi. I speak in an appropriate tone, volume, and manner
vii. I WILL speak in an appropriate manner and not hurt anyone with my words/actions
g. I am considerate and aware of physical space
h. I will not record, take pictures of ANYONE IN Dance Studio without consent. RECORDINGS/PICTURES IN DANCE STUDIO, DRESSING ROOMS ARE NOT PERMITTED, ALLOWED. 
i. I maintain the cleanliness of my area(s)
j. I do my own work and give credit where credit is due. There is ZERO tolerance for cheating and/or plagiarism.

3. RESPECT: CLASS, SUBJECT, STUDIO, MATERIALS
a. DANCE
i. YOU elect to choose dance as YOUR Elective
ii. Dance IS IMPORTANT, REQUIRED PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PERFORMING ARTS COURSES FOR GRADE PROMOTION AND DIPLOMA PER FLDOE AND MDCPS
iii. Dance teaches, requires student to understand, apply, realize physical strength, conditioning, and overall physical health well-being while developing appreciation for the performing arts and artists in proper audience etiquette and behavior
iv. YOUR Dance Attire, Grade, Effort, Movements are YOUR Responsibility
v. DANCE AND PERFORMANCE ARE A REQUIREMENT AND THE MAIN COMPONENT OF YOUR DANCE GRADE
vi. Understand, appreciate dance, performances are required. Teamwork REQUIRED
b. Dance Studio, Materials
i. KEEP CLEAN:
1. NO FOOD, NO DRINK, NO GUM IN DANCE STUDIO
2. NO OUTSIDE SHOES IN DANCE STUDIO: Dancers’ benefit: floor clean from debris, dirt to stretch on floor, dance
3. Keep Mirrors CLEAN: NO touching, leaning on, spraying perfume(s)
4. CLEAN UP AFTER SELF
ii. Handle with care, gently the barres: NOT PUTTING FULL WEIGHT ON
iii. I WILL AND DO follow and adhere to the Student Codes of Miami-Dade County Schools in the Student/Parent Handbook

4. RESPECT: SAFETY
a. I Respect the Safety of myself and others: I and ALL have the RIGHT to be SAFE
b. I practice and exhibit PRE-caution: I keep my muscles WARM, STRETCHED, READY
c. I remove shoes outside of studio, place neatly on shelves: I neatly put my own belongings out of way: I stay in designated, authorized areas
d. I am considerate of self and all other dancers
e. I am behind bar, standing up, out of way of other dancers during across floor, dance rehearsals
f. I am ALWAYS in Proper posture and Form in Dance Class. Always warming-up, stretching.
g. NO GUM, CANDY in and during dance. This is SAFETY VIOLATION.
h. I will always practice safe hygiene, stay home when sick with fever, not exposing and harming all others with contagious known illnesses/diseases, as per CDC and MDCPS
i. I am aware of my own surroundings, area, personal space, windows
j. I execute Spatial Awareness always. I stay in formation(s) spaces, not upstaging other performers, or going outside of window(s), lanes, spaces
k. I go around perimeters of studio when others performing and do not disturb other performances
l. I learn, apply, demonstrate physical safety as instructed
m. I keep my and others’ personal, private, confidential information as such

5. RESPECT: FUN
a. NOTE: This fifth above mentioned right does NOT happen without the previous 4 RIGHTS OF RESPECT properly executed
b. DO YOUR OWN WORK
c. RESPECT and APPRECIATE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
d. Enjoy, DISPLAY what YOU are doing: SHOWMANSHIP, STRONG STAGE PRESENCE!
e. Make it fun, entertaining, creative, OWN IT!

ROUTINES, PROCEDURES, POLICY:
1. Dance students are to remove shoes outside dance studio, place neatly in shelves, out of way, without disturbing others
2. All school wide policy requirements apply and will be enforced in dance studio classes
3. Dance students enter, prepared with FULL DANCE ATTIRE, prepared to DANCE!
4. Door is closed, LOCKED AT BELL: students change into Required Dance Attire
5. Students late require a LATE PASS
6. NO EATING, drinking, gum chewing, candy in DANCE: SAFETY
7. Stretch, warm-up, barre work, RESPECTFUL of materials, barre, space and others
8. Be in assigned areas for Dance Attire Assessments
9. Warm-up, stretch, body strength conditioning, across floor, choreo combos, dance rehearsals
10. NEVER “DONE”: stretching, warming-up, dancing. AS ALWAYS TO BE STRETCHING, WARMING-UP, practicing/rehearsing, if “not your turn” across floor, combos, etc.
11. Dancers are not allowed to leave Dance Studio/classroom/area without permission, are to be in authorized areas
12. 5 minutes before bell, dancers in area to change into required school uniform
13. Dismissal

REQUIRED DANCE CLASS SUPPLIES:
DANCE ATTIRE: 
POSTED FULL DETAIL with dance stores, coupons, codes ON TEACHER PAGE: “Dance Attire” : http://middlehigh.somersetsilverpalms.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=783197&type=u&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=591647
FEMALE:
1. BLACK LEOTARD
2. TIGHTS, (or black leggings/joggers acceptable)
3. Shoes: Ballet, full sole, pirouettes, paws
4. Hair UP, AWAY FROM FACE, in BUN
MALE:
1. BLACK dance shirt (males also allowed white option)
2. BLACK bottoms: joggers, warm-ups, shorts


PERFORMANCES: Requirements as Assigned per Dance per Teacher
-COSTUMES
-NAILS: clear, natural, and/or to match costume
-MAKE-UP
-HAIR
-NO JEWELRY for Safety

Students WILL AND DO understand there are consequences for THEIR behavior. Every action has RE-ACTION. Excellent, Outstanding Model Student Behavior is Acknowledged, Praised, and Rewarded. ALL students are EXPECTED of reaching and realizing their educational goals and high standards.

There is ZERO tolerance to violations of the Rights of Respect.

Violations are governed and subject to consequences and disciplinary actions per Miami-Dade County Public School District and Somerset Silver Palms. Please review at www.dadeschools.net 

DANCE Discipline Progression Consequences:
1. Verbal warning
2. Documentation in Student File, Student Behavior Plan
3. Parent Contact
4. Detention(s)
5. Administration Referral
* Please Note MDCPS Code of Conduct Discipline: Level I-V per behavior plan

PARENT VOLUNTEER/FAMILY DONATION HOURS:
*Per Somerset Silver Palms, Volunteer Hours are required: EASY, CONVENIENT WAYS TO MAKE REQUIRED hours, please provide Dance Studio, MPR1, Ms. Shaw with the very much needed and appreciated supplies to keep our dance studio efficient running, clean, germ-free, and healthy for dance students! :
-Portable Speakers
-CD’s
-Tissues
-Windex/Mirror Glass Spray: AMWAY FOAM CLEANER
-Paper Towels
-Antibacterial Wipes
-Disinfectant (Lysol) Spray


Thank you,
Ms. Kelly Shaw
kshaw@somersetsilverpalms.net