Contemporary Dance 2 (6th & 7th Grade)
Dancers entering 6th grade will leave behind many of the improvisation and free movement elements of their training from past years to focus on more concrete ballet and modern dance training. Improvisation as a tool for warm-up, exploration, and creative process is no longer used as a primary teaching tool but, from this point on, as a choreographic tool only. Props are removed from the classes and pure movement principles from modern, ballet, and contemporary dance genres become the focus of each class. This is, understandably, hard for some dancers that may not wish to focus on patterning movement and or body awareness.
The main goal for the dancer at this age (and moving forward) becomes the development of new movement patterns and body awareness that allows them to move in more complex ways, increasing spatial awareness, developing observation skills as performance skills that allow a dancer to connect and dance with others in a group. Dancers at this level also work to build confidence in themselves as complexity increases.
At this age, training and movement patterning is taught using short movement exercises developed by the teacher to explore 1-3 basic or intermediate movement principles. Most of these exercises are taught to students by the teacher with the class expected to observe, learn, and follow along.
At this age, dancers will begin to develop an understanding of the differences in musical meter (4/4, ¾, 7/4, 12/4, etc.) and will be able to count music and move in more complex rhythmic sequences. Basic movement concepts from historical modern dance artists will be incorporated into classes: Graham (contraction/release), Humphrey/Limon (fall/recovery), Cunningham (basic back curves, articulate feet, concept of indeterminacy) and opposing qualities of movement will be introduced and used in class as a way to find deeper finesse and articulate motion.
Students are usually kept in this class for two years. Those who showcase exceptional patterning, body awareness, qualitative and performance skills may be moved up after one year. Auditions can be requested to skip Dance II all together.
Dancers who are ready to move to Dance III – or dancers who wish to skip this level – will be able to showcase the following skills:
- being comfortable asking questions and seeking clarity from the teacher
- being unconcerned with mistakes and be able to try again without worry of failure
- being able to think for themselves, answer basic questions on their own, and be self-directed learners
- classical & contemporary C-curve of the back with proper alignment to the front, side, and back
- drop swing to the front, side, and back with clarity and coordination
- understand and know the three planes of action: sagittal, frontal, and transverse
- know all ballet positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and parallel and be able to demonstrate jumps in each
- under curve & over curve with torso
- leg swings with torso, brush/fall with torso to the front side and back
- isolate ribs, shoulders, and head as well as segment the body in motion while holding other body parts still
- understand the the whole body in motion vs. isolation
- demonstrate basic coordination between the upper and lower body, chest width and back movement
- showcase and coordinate basic weight shifts from one foot to another or from two feet to one foot
- able to coordinate basic changes of direction and weight shifts while staying connected to the floor
- be able to generate a 24 count movement phrase using any number of games or techniques taught in class
- be able to perform this solo with articulate dancing, use of focus without being reminded
- be able to discuss and suggest chance methods that can be used in choreography
- understand classical choreographic terms such as cannon, fugue, unison, and counterpoint
How do I register?
Use the table below to access the online registration form. Once you fill the form out, select your classes, and input your information the enrollment will be sent to the studio. If you have issues or questions regarding this process, please get a hold of the studio.
Can we try a class first?
Absolutely! We’d love to offer you a FREE trial class to come and experience, first hand, the magic of what we do at South Valley Creative Dance Studio.
Please use the table below and select “TRIAL” enrollment on the form. This will let the studio know that you are interested in learning more but not enrolling for the full semester/year just yet. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the studio.
What fees do you charge?
Monthly tuition rates are found in the class table below. In addition to tuition, we ask all families to pay a one-time $60 costume and production fee per student in the spring. This covers the cost of costuming ($30) and producing ($30) our show. Using the costume fee, the studio will purchase a leotard that your dancer will wear for the performance AND that you can keep afterwards. Using the production fee, the studio will pay for a videographer to shoot and record the show and will provide a digital download to you.
Do I need to enroll for the whole year?
We highly suggest that you enroll for the entire year. Our Fall semester is spent in the studio dancing and building skills, while our Spring semester is used to choreograph and prep for an end-of-year recital. We don’t want anyone to miss out on enjoying and being a part of our amazing production.
If you can only enroll for part of the year, we recommend dropping from classes at the Winter/Holiday break. Please see below for more information about our withdrawal policy.
What if we change our minds?
Every effort is made to make sure you love your dance class and want to keep coming – not only all year but for years to come! If you have issues with the studio or teacher, please feel free to bring them to the attention of the studio owner – we will make every effort to make a place for you at this studio.
If, however, you must leave classes we require a 30-day written (email is fine) notice of your withdrawal, after which time no more tuition will be due. This policy is strictly followed and will be enforced – it’s also a part of the legalese when you register – so you’ll see it again as a reminder!