Instructor: Kasia Wilhelmi
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 110134T
Course title: Dance 3/4 Tap
Subject: Fine and Performing Arts
Grade level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 0.4
Course description:
This class is for highly advanced tap students. Emphasis on articulating diverse tap styles, speed, strength, improvisation, choreographic skills, and refining technical and artistic qualities.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Tap 2 and instructor consent.
Priority standards:
Schedule of topics/units covered:
Because of the vast body of possible knowledge and skill that this art form offers, students will attend to both breadth and depth of these instructional objectives established by continuing teacher choices about content (creation, performance, history, analysis) and levels of engagement by students (deep, simple, complex and casual).
• To understand elements, principles and processes in dance, while developing the working knowledge of the movement vocabulary and technique of tap dance
• To interpret works from various historical periods, cultures, and peoples; analyzing the contexts in which they were created, the characteristics of the works, and the range of possible interpretations.
• Develop an awareness of the body as an expressive and musical tool, with attention to individual style
• Identify and demonstrate longer and more complex steps and patterns from two different styles or traditions
• Demonstrate rhythmic acuity
• Demonstrate projection while performing dance skills
• To improve on articulation and quality of tap sounds
• To understand the role dance plays in society and the ways in which dance empowers people to create works that manifest their beliefs, social relationships, values and skills
• To recognize the significance of experiences with dance and reflect on the performance and/or creation of an artistic work
• To examine how an artistic work affects an audience; relate audience responses to the artist’s/performer’s creative choices
• To examine dance performances from functional and structural/formal perspectives, using defensible criteria and communicating effectively through writing, speaking and expressive media
• To communicate conceptions of what is artistically valid or valued
• To reconstruct a dance work for presentation
• To rehearse and publicly perform dance works in a group or as a soloist in the winter and spring recitals
Academic vocabulary:
District adopted materials:
This class will not be using district adopted materials.
Supplemental resources:
The Souls of Your Feet- Anita Feldman; Inside Tap, Anita Feldman; Tap! Rusty Frank; Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance videos pertaining specifically to tap.
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
Each class will include at least 10 minutes of independent practice, during which time the students will be given one on one assistance to ensure that they are comfortable with the level of the material. The material can then be modified for that student if necessary. Extra credit research and/or student choreography assignments will be offered.
Final proficiencies:
• To understand elements, principles and processes in dance, while developing the working knowledge of the movement vocabulary and technique of tap dance
• To interpret works from various historical periods, cultures, and peoples; analyzing the contexts in which they were created, the characteristics of the works, and the range of possible interpretations.
• Develop an awareness of the body as an expressive and musical tool, with attention to individual style
• Identify and demonstrate longer and more complex steps and patterns from two different styles or traditions
• Demonstrate rhythmic acuity
• Demonstrate projection while performing dance skills
• To improve on articulation and quality of tap sounds
• To understand the role dance plays in society and the ways in which dance empowers people to create works that manifest their beliefs, social relationships, values and skills
• To recognize the significance of experiences with dance and reflect on the performance and/or creation of an artistic work
• To examine how an artistic work affects an audience; relate audience responses to the artist’s/performer’s creative choices
• To examine dance performances from functional and structural/formal perspectives, using defensible criteria and communicating effectively through writing, speaking and expressive media
• To communicate conceptions of what is artistically valid or valued
• To reconstruct a dance work for presentation
• To rehearse and publicly perform dance works in a group or as a soloist in the winter and spring recitals
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
Participation, punctuality, effort, preparedness for class = 4/5 possible points given daily= 68% of total grade
Growth of technical skill, improvement of alignment and musicality = 1/5 possible points given daily= 17% of total grade
Dance recital dress rehearsal and performance = 15% of grade
Grading policy: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69% and F=00-59%
The dance department has high standards that must be met. In order to continue your dance training in any upper level courses you must pass all prerequisite courses. Students who wish not to participate in class will have to complete an out-of-class assignment (see instructor). Opportunities for completing extra credit research or student choreography projects will be offered.
Behavioral expectations:
-Tardies: All dance students have a five-minute dress down time before arriving to class. After five minutes students will be considered tardy.
-Absences: All students that arrive 15 minutes late will be marked absent. All students have three days to clear an absence. There will be no make up work for unexcused absences.
-All pagers, cell phones and any other electronic devices must be turned off and stored either in your backpacks or in the lockers that are provided (for the ENTIRE scheduled class time).
-Absolutely NO food, gum chewing, or beverages with the exception of water in a plastic bottle allowed in the dance studios.
*All students are expected to behave in a respectable and professional manner. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the problem the student will receive immediate feedback. Disruptive students will be sent to the Dean’s office followed by a phone call home.
Safety issues and requirements:
-Students and instructor will maintain an environment that is safe, comfortable and supportive, which will be conducive to the students learning and emotional well-being.
-Students are expected to wear athletic clothing which allows for freedom of movement, as well as wearing their tap shoes.

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/24/2008.