Dance Course Descriptions

Anatomy & Physiology - P

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology with a C or better. If you have not passed Chemistry with a C or better, teacher approval is required.

Anatomy/Physiology is intended for the college bound student. Focus will be placed on human anatomy and physiology, as well as some comparative vertebrate physiology. Students will learn about body orientation, basic chemistry, cells and tissues, skin and body membranes, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system with special senses, endocrine system, circulatory system with blood, body defenses, respiratory system, and digestive system including body metabolism, urinary system, reproduction and comparative dissections.

A-Capella Choir

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class      

Prerequisite:  Performing Arts Foundations, or teacher permission. All students must audition.

Inspire A Cappella Choir is a contemporary singing group that is committed to excellence, creativity, and significance in singing together.  It is open to all students who have basic singing skills, and want to grow in their musical and singing experience. Students learn vocal technique for pop, jazz, and gospel styles, as well as traditional and contemporary classical music. The choir focuses on a cappella singing in all styles. Students learn to sing harmonies by ear, as well as music reading and sight singing skills.  Students also develop the ability to express different styles of music through physicality, singing with the entire body, and gaining freedom in physical movement to accomplish strong musical and lyric expression. Concert and community performance are a required part of this class.  Yearly involvement in choir gives students the opportunity to achieve proficiency, and to participate in choir leadership. May be taken concurrently with Performing Arts Foundations, with teacher permission. (May be repeated)

Choreography

Grades 10-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least two or more years of technical dance training in any genre. Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent is required. Freshmen must seek instructor permission. Choreography students must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Conditioning, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.
 
Imagine, create, and share your vision of dance with the world. A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography will be introduced and explored through the creation of original works. Choreography will be approached through the exploration of resources including improvisation, use of ideas, knowledge of forms, and development of the craft. Students will be exposed to various choreographic processes, terminology, and potential performance venues. Students will receive weekly assignments directed toward specific problems and dance elements; then begin to develop works with an emphasis on the relationship between manipulation of musical phrases and choreography. Students will learn to move from phrase development to the completion of a dance. They will learn to critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create three to four dances over the year with at least one being staged for audience.

Choreography 2

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Student must have taken two years of Choreography. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Conditioning, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.
 
Choreography 2 is an advanced level course for the serious dance creator. Students will work concurrently with the Choreography class, but will be given additional challenges and genres of choreography to explore. The students at this level will focus on the composition of artistic dance works and be given additional opportunities in the school and community to create their art. Choreography 2 students will critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create four to five dances over the year with at least two being staged for audiences. Students may also propose special projects for the year that they would like to work on and create.

Dance 1A

 Grades 9-12, semester long class
 
Students will develop their individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Focus will be given to learning various dance techniques, basic dance history, and expressing one’s self through movement. Students will discover their own movement potential and expand respect of self and others through the practice of studio etiquette, various class structures, and audience participation.  By exploring the field of dance natural connections to personal interests and related fields of study will develop.

Dance 1B

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
This course is a continuation of Dance 1A and will continue to develop the individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Critical evaluation of choreographic works will be a key element of the course. Students will be required to embody movement elements by demonstrating basic terms and techniques from various dance genre and styles. The course will also investigate dance figures and their contributions to the field. Student will cultivate an understanding of others and cultures by experiencing their dance and discover that dance is a universal language. Eight to ten of the following genres of dance will be explored in Dance 1A & 1B each year: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, break dancing, contemporary, Pilates, Hawaiian, Maori, Polynesian, Irish, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, Indian, West African, European Folk, Hmong, and other traditional genres.

Dance 2-P

College Prep, grades 9-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisites: Student must have some previous dance experience; preferably at least one-two years of technical dance training in any style, Dance 1A and 1B are a prerequisite and teacher recommendation is needed by audition. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes.
 
This course will be a technique-based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genres with major focus on styles studied at the university level including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern.  Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…).  Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will learn the traditional class etiquette for each genre, the appropriate attire for class and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of each dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. This year-long course satisfies the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”.
 

Dance 3-P

College Prep, grades 10-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 3 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance Conditioning, Dance 2, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles. Dance Conditioning is highly recommended. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
 
Dance 3 will be mostly a technique based dance class and will begin to introduce performance skills that challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre. The class will focus on three main genres of dance each year from the following: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. The study of these genres will lead to a focus on musical theater and contemporary performance based dancing. The Dance 3 curriculum is designed to help dancers create a fun atmosphere to explore the foundations of performance dance through movement, discussion, and exploration in a variety of contemporary idioms. Students will learn the basic vocabulary and movement fundamentals in each genre. Dance genre studied will alternate each year and this class may be taken multiple times. Dancers who complete the audition will be members of Performance Class and will perform at school events. Dancers will be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists who study and teach dance techniques including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…).  Both male and female techniques will be supported. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on historical dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. Students who complete this year-long course satisfy the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”.

Dance 4

Grades 10-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in at least two dance styles, Dance 2 and/or Dance 3 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 4 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance Conditioning, Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles. Dance Conditioning is highly recommended. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
 
This course will be a technique and performance based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre with major focus on styles performed in the industry. The dancers who complete the audition will be members of the Inspire Dance Company whom will represent the school at local events and productions. Dancers will be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists that study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…). Dancers will be cast in the Company dance and generally work on additional small group dances during the year. Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists.

Dance Conditioning

Grades 10-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisite: Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent or teacher recommendation. Dance 2 is highly recommended. Freshmen must seek program director permission prior to enrolling.
 
Dance Conditioning will be a strictly elective dance class that focuses only on traditional dance techniques; primarily the study of classical ballet. The class will devote specific time developing flexibility through various stretching techniques and strengthening of the dance body through proven somatic practices. This class in encouraged for all students serious about studying dance. The ballet curriculum is designed to help dancers create a strong pedagogical foundation through movement, discussion, and exploration. Focusing on the process of creativity, discipline and self-knowledge instead of choosing a performance driven approach is fostered by critical and process-oriented thinking. Students will learn fundamental alignment, technique, and terminology.

Dance Teaching Practicum

Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: may only be taken with teacher permission. Must be concurrently enrolled in Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Conditioning, Dance Styles, or Choreography; usually Dance 3 or 4.
 
Depending on the student’s ability, they will learn to teach a dance class; first, by doing basic tasks such as warm-ups or leading across the floor exercises, then moving into choreographing and teaching portions of a technique class. This is an excellent opportunity for dance students to develop their leadership skills and learn to use their teaching voice. Students should make their interest known in the spring semester prior to placement and then a specific class will be assigned based on their class schedule for the year.

Electronic Music Composition

Grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: none

Electronic Music Composition is designed to give students the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles. Students will learn the history of electronic music with listening examples that highlight the important people, technology, and techniques associated with electronic music styles. The lessons will include videos describing musical, DAW (Digital Audio Workstations), and synthesis techniques. There will also be a research and analysis component in which students learn to listen critically and adapt to changes in technology and public musical taste. Pro Tools is the primary DAW used in the course and some online programs will be introduced.  Students will be allowed to bring a personal laptop and use their own software to complete certain projects. The course teaches musical topics like melody, rhythm and harmony within the framework of a DAW, starting with an introduction to common scales and rhythms and the developing more complex musical elements throughout the course.

Musical Theatre 1

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment in Performing Arts Foundation

Musical Theatre 1 focuses on develop your singing/acting/movement skills in a variety of musical theatre performing styles.  This class lays the foundation for musical theatre song performance through learning to use your own personal voice type to sing different kinds of songs, learning to analyze the lyrics to find out how to communicate the story through vocal and physical expression, and learning to develop the character in order to bring the song to life through both singing and acting.  Students will begin to build their audition portfolio, and develop auditioning skills. The class forms an ensemble performing group that learns and performs songs from a variety of musicals, from Vaudeville to today's Broadway shows.  Students will also learn to overcome stage fright, and build their confidence through in-class solo and small ensemble performances.  Students will performance in the Inspire Gala, and will learn songs throughout the year to perform in the spring Musical Theatre Showcase.  May be taken concurrently with Performing Arts Foundations.

Musical Theatre 2

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 1 or permission of instructor

Musical Theatre 2 builds on the skills and knowledge learned in Musical Theatre 1.  Students will learn more advanced techniques for singing, dancing and acting, utilizing scenes and songs from Broadway musicals, still using an in-class “acting the song” workshop atmosphere.  Through work on song performance, students will study significant musical theatre shows and songs, practicing and performing songs from many of them.  They will learn about major musical theatre song and show writers, and how musical theatre has grown and changed over time.  Work is also done on auditioning skills, and on building individual audition portfolios. The class is a performing ensemble that will work on singing and dancing numbers to perform in the Inspire Gala and the spring Musical Theatre Showcase.  As students develop through their work at this level, they will gain important performing skills in ensemble and solo singing and acting techniques that will prepare them for Musical Theatre 3.  (May be repeated)

Musical Theatre 3 (IMT3)

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisites:  Musical Theatre 1 and 2 (may be concurrent with Musical Theatre 2), or teacher permission. By audition only

Musical Theatre 3 is also the Inspire Musical Theatre Touring Troupe, IMT3, and is an advanced class where students will prepare material for performances throughout the year.  This class is a culmination of 3 years of training in the singing, acting and movement skills necessary to perform with maturity and confidence, both as an ensemble and in solo work. Students will advance in the application of music reading and the understanding of musical score markings, as they apply to how the music affects the communication of a song.  Students will continue to develop their audition portfolios, and continue to work on how to effectively prepare and perform at auditions.  During this year of study, students also learn to analyze an entire musical, learning to build the performance of a song through an in-depth study of the story, the characters, and their interaction with each other and the audience, with the goal of entering as wholly as possible into the character and the story in the performance of the songs.  Performance numbers will include contemporary and traditional musical theatre repertoire.  Emphasis is placed on creating unified performances, both musically and dramatically.  Extra time is required for community performances.  Auditions are required.   (May be repeated) 

Orchestra

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Minimum one year of private instruction with teacher approval, or two years Junior High band/orchestra  

Inspire’s Orchestra is a symphony style ensemble in which strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion are all represented. The orchestra will perform music from the classical, pop and original repertoire. Music will be chosen that will advance the student skill level over the course of the school year. Students also develop the ability to express different styles of music through various rehearsal techniques, independent practice and ensemble performances. Students are encouraged to take private lessons outside of class and will be required to practice independently to improve personal skill. Concert and community performance are a required part of this class.  The Inspire School Orchestra will have many opportunities to perform at concerts for their fellow students and at community events. 

PE Dance 1A

Grades 9-12, semester-long class 

This course is the same as Dance 1A and meets Physical Education requirements for graduation.

PE Dance 1B

Grades 9-12, semester-long class 

This course is the same as Dance 1B and meets Physical Education requirements for graduation.

PE Dance 2

Grades 10-12, year-long class 

This course is the same as Dance 2 and meets Physical Education requirements for graduation.

PE Dance 3

Grades 10-12, year-long class 

This course is the same as Dance 3 and meets Physical Education requirements for graduation.

PE Dance 4

Grades 10-12, year-long class 

This course is the same as Dance 4 and meets Physical Education requirements for graduation.

Performing Arts Foundation

Grades 9-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Are you interested in the performing arts: acting, singing, or design? Do you want to learn about drama, comedy, musical theatre, stage combat, make-up, costume design, lighting, scenic design or any aspect of stage productions? Then the Performing Arts Foundation class is for you. This class will be team taught by our performing arts staff members. Students will learn the basic history of and will develop an aesthetic appreciation for the theatrical and vocal performing arts. At the end of the year, students will perform in a culmination production to show off the skills developed by the completion of the course. All that is needed is a strong desire to learn. This class is open to all grade levels and is a prerequisite for most of the performing arts advanced classes so get started today! Freshmen may concurrently enroll in classes such as Musical Theatre 1, Dance 1, and Theatre Design if they want to further their exploration of the subject.​​​

Physics -P

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Passing Chemistry first is highly recommended. Completion or concurrent enrollment in Math 3 or equivalent required. Completion or concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis highly recommended.

An inquiry-based course designed to learn the following concepts of physics: mechanics, heat, energy, waves, sound, light, electricity, relativity, and magnetism.

Pop Band

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

Prerequisite: Intermediate guitar, bass, piano, drum, or vocal skill

This class will combine the talents of young musicians who play electric guitar, drums, electric bass, keyboards, and sing. Students will be placed in bands of similar skill level at the beginning of each semester. The bands will learn and perform music from many different eras of rock-n-roll, including blues, the music of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s, etc. Students will use guitar and bass tablature and lead sheets in order to learn their songs. Videos of the artists will be shown to the class, exposing the students to the style, and culture of each musical decade. As musical units are completed, each band will perform for the class. Performances will also be given for our student body as well as the opportunity to perform in the Fall and Spring Instrumental Music Concerts.

Recording Arts

Grades 9-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Recording Arts introduces basic audio for use in live performance and recording settings. Topics include basic sound characteristics, microphone use, recording technique, and live sound reinforcement. Pro Tools, Garage Band and Logic X and several online programs are introduced with an emphasis put on using Pro Tools to record, mix and master recordings.  This course also details the functions of, and relationships between, the mixing console and the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Students learn how different microphones, signal processors, and other technologies are employed in a variety of applications for the audio industry: music recording, live mixing, and other applications. Student from within the class rehearse and perform during class giving students authentic opportunities to operate live sound and record. Through this course students are provided with an opportunity to work on a project from start to finish utilizing all the technologies and procedures they have learned. This will include recording live music groups, choral and band ensembles, and possibly recording off site.

Stagecraft

Grades 9-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Performing Arts Foundation class and Program Director permission for freshmen; Performing Arts Foundation, Theatre 1, or equivalent.
 

Stagecraft is a class created to develop and build specific skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do the craft and artistry involved in creating live theatre. Students will learn all the basics and tricks of the trade in makeup, costuming, lighting, crewing, special effects, set construction, scenic artistry, and property creation. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Crewing productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class.

Theatre 1 & 2

Grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Performing Arts Foundations and teacher approval

Theatre 1 & 2 will introduce students to the concepts and principals associated with a career in theatre performing arts. Students will 1) develop their craft through exercises (including, but not limited to: Stanislavski, Linklater, Meisner, Hagen, Adler, Suzuki), 2) explore a variety of actor college and career pathways, 3) perfect audition technique and materials, 4) perform classical and contemporary monologues and scenes, and 5) observe, analyze, and deconstruct performances of peers and professionals by attending and reviewing productions. Students will perform their best work at the Spring Theatre Showcase.

Theatre 3

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Performing Arts Foundation, Theatre 1/2 or Stagecraft or Theatre Production, and teacher approval

This directing and playwriting course teaches the basics of the craft of directing, script analysis, characterization, playwriting, casting, blocking, rehearsal and performance. Students will 1) read and analyze plays for the purpose of directing, 2) direct a ten-minute scene or one-act, and 3) read and adapt a public domain story into a theatrical script which will be produced and performed at Inspire during the following academic school year. Students will present their best work at the Spring Theatre Showcase.

Theatre 4

Grade 12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Must be a senior theatre performance major or receive permission from the instructor to enroll.

Students enrolled in Theatre 4 (Acting Styles/Advanced Performing Artistry will 1) study and perform monologues in styles ranging from Greek/Roman to Contemporary and Abstract, 2) produce in its entirety (casting, directing, acting, completing all technical aspects) a student devised drama that was written in their previous sequence course (Theatre 3), and 3) complete a final portfolio that will include a headshot, resume, monologues for auditions, music for auditions, and a five-year plan/goal for post high school graduation. Students will present their best work at the Spring Theatre Showcase.

Theatre Design

Grades 9-12, year-long class
 
Prerequisite: Performing Arts Foundations or equivalent (Theatre 1, Musical Theatre 1, or Stagecraft). Freshmen must be concurrently enrolled in Performing Arts Foundations.
 
Theatre Design is a class created to develop and build specific artistic skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do design for live theatre. Students will be exposed to the basics of all areas and then be allowed to specialize in a focus area of their choosing: makeup/hair design, costume design, lighting design, stage management, dramaturgy, sound/special effects design, scenic design/artistry, property design, poster and advertising design. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Designing or crewing for productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class. Students will also learn basic computer assisted design programs used in the industry.

Theatre Production

Grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in Performing Art Foundation, Stagecraft, Theatre 1, or equivalent. Students are encouraged to choose a design or technical emphasis and will work one on one with an instructor on productions. Task and titles will be assigned based on experience and the interview application process.

The Inspire Production Team (Theatre Production) will be a service oriented team created to liaison with Visual & Performing Arts Department clubs to accurately produce and document major public events. In addition, its members will have the opportunity to design (being giving priority on positions) and manage theatrical events throughout the year for Inspire. Students will also gain valuable computer and design skills working in programs such as Word, Excel, Illustrator and the Internet. The Inspire Production Team will work specifically to help achieve the department’s mission: Inspire School of Arts & Science’s Visual and Performing Arts Program provides a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers passionate and focused students professional preparation for higher education and life-long learning in the arts.

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