Middle School Dance Tech- General Information

Welcome to Middle School Dance! Here is some helpful information regarding my class for you to reference all year:

Contact:
The best way to contact me is via email. My email address is: kushnern@ivyhawnschool.org. I have 1st and 8th period planning, so I am available during those times to read and respond to emails, as well as schedule conferences with you as needed!

Class Communication:
I typically send out a weekly email over the weekend to let you know what to expect for the week or regarding any events, performances, or summatives.
I also use Remind – our class code is @1dancetech

To be successful in this course, please be sure your dancer has the following items for class each day:
1. Dance Attire – I would like all female dancers to wear a leotard (any color/style) and tights or leggings for class and all male dancers to wear a solid color t-shirt and dance shorts or pants.
2. Hair ties
3. Jazz shoes and/or ballet shoes
4. 3-pronged folder or 3-ring binder filled with notebook paper
5. 2 lb. ankle weights
6. Index Cards

Course Outline:
A typical week in dance class for Dance Tech will look something like this:
Mondays/Tuesdays: Ballet Technique Class – (ladies en pointe are encouraged to bring their pointe shoes to wear)
Wednesdays: Dance Conditioning
Thursdays/Fridays: Jazz Technique Class

*We will begin choreography for the Veteran’s Day Performance in September, and will begin Nutcracker choreography in October.

Performance Schedule for Tech Classes:
November TBA: Veteran’s Day Performance
December 10th: Nutcracker with a Twist
February TBA: Diversity Performance
May 20th: Spring Showcase

Assessments:
Dancers will be learning dance vocabulary and will have a few summatives for that
We will also do skill assessments, peer critiques, and self assessments/reflections
Dancers will be evaluated each day with a “daily grade” or “weekly ettiquette” – this is a 5 point assessment each day for showing effort, respectfulness, focus, being prepared, and following classroom procedures.