II. Course Description & Objective

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Ballet 1 SYLLABUS Semester 1 - 2016

I. Mrs. Tamara Irving, Rm. H4011

Tutorial: Thursday 4:00-4:30 tirving@atlanta.k12.ga.us nahsdance.weebly.com

II. Course Description & Objective

IBMYP- Middle Years Programme

            This course is part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at North Atlanta High School which aims to help IBMYP learners to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The learning experiences will allow students to gain analytical skills to promote informed decision-making, engage in teamwork and collaboration, frame their own inquiries, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals and have persistence to achieve them. Students will work towards a deepening of their conceptual understanding as they approach concepts from a range of perspectives. As concepts are studied throughout the year, the following global contexts will be in constant consideration: identities and relationships, orientation in time and space, fairness and development, globalization and sustainability, scientific and technical innovation, and personal and cultural expression. IBMYP Assessments aim to support and courage student learning by providing feedback and promoting deep understanding of subject content by supporting students in their inquiry in real-world contexts. Specific assessment criteria with subject objectives will be provided. A year-long IBMYP personal project accompanied by a journal is to be produced at the end of the 10th grade year. The personal project enables students to engage in practical exploration through a cycle of inquiry, action, and reflection. Timelines and descriptions of tasks will be provided. IBMYP: From principles to practice
The Dance Program is designed to promote and enhance student awareness and appreciation of dance as a performing art. According to the Georgia Performance Standards of Fine Arts, students will learn Foundations, they will Create, learn how to Respond and how to Connect to this art form. The course will include dance application in ballet, modern and jazz as well as cultural and creative dance. Students will: demonstrate increased confidence and ability to create personal movement statements/studies reflective of personal values or meaning; know, apply and reflect on principles of choreographic structures and choreographic tools; demonstrate knowledge of the “Elements of Dance” as they apply them to their performance in class, on stage and in the language of their written work; increase their observational skills as they use artistic protocols during discussions and written assignments as they analyze dance work; exhibit increased levels of tolerance of, and appreciation for, previously unencountered manifestations of dance in their own as well as other cultures; understand and use improvisation as a tool for choreography; value a variety of movement approaches to increase body integration. All students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to participate/perform in informal and formal dance presentations. While each class level does not participate in ALL performances, students are expected to contribute to the performance in whatever assigned capacity (i.e. performing, ushering, program notes, stage management, costumes, etc.).

III. Materials

· Composition Notebook · Writing Utensils

· Email for turning in assignments · Mandatory Dance Attire (see attached information sheet)
The following items are accepted:


  • Black or solid spaghetti strap or sleeveless leotard (although a black leotard will be necessary for the fall and/or spring dance concert); Black or nude sports bra; Black, mocha/caramel tights; Skin tone ballet shoes; NO SHORT SHORTS!!!


  • Black or white t-shirt with no words; Black shorts or black elastic waist pants (no jogging pants); Black socks/bare feet; Optional but encouraged: Black ballet shoes

IV. Course Outline

First semester we focus on dance etiquette as classroom participants, performers, and observers; identification and demonstration of movement elements, skills, and terminology in dance; recognizing connections between dance and wellness; and the cultural and historical context of dance.

V. Grading System:

A. Grading categories

1) Summative Assessments: 45% (common assessments, unit tests, research papers/essays, major assignments, midterm, projects)

2) Formative Assessments: 45% (daily work, class effort, proper use of time and materials, being prepared for class, dressing out in dance attire, interaction with peers, following instructions, quizzes, problem solving, homework including a critique of an art event)

3) Final: 10%

  • ALL students must attend 1 art event per semester. Must submit ticket stub and/or a program for credit with a written review which will be worth 100 points.

  • Examples:

Any school performance, concert, ensemble or art exhibition, The High Museum, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Ballet, Inman Park Festival, Atlanta Children’s Museum, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta History Center, Battle of the Bands, The Carter Center, MLK Center, Music Midtown, Atlanta Boys Choir, Bennett Street Galleries, The Alliance Theater, Museum of Design Atlanta, Concerts & live performances
B. Grading scale: A: 90-100%; B: 80-89%; C: 70-79%; F: Below 69%
C. Late/Redo work policy

ALL projects have deadlines and due dates.

  • Late Work -If a project is not turned in on specified due date, 10 points per day will be deducted.

  • Redo work will be given a due date and a total number of points to be gained by resubmission. If work is not submitted on due date the original grade will be assigned.
  • Missed Assignments, Quizzes, Rehearsals, Performances and Tests: Students have 5 calendar days from the assigned date to make up the task if a signed, dated excuse from a doctor or a parent with a valid telephone number is received on the day the student returns to school. For missed performances, student must complete an alternative research assignment.


Signed, dated excuse from a doctor or a parent with a valid telephone number on the following day.

Must have clear communication with parent about extenuating circumstances.

D. Standardized Tests

Atlanta Public Schools has developed content area standardized pre and post tests to determine if the content knowledge was acquired during the course of the semester.

VI. Classroom Expectations:

1. Be prepared and on time for class.

2. Come to class every day with dance attire, your journal and writing utensils.

3. You will always dance in my “dance” class, so please do not work on other material during class. Put your best foot forward and you will succeed.

4. Please do not ask to borrow costumes to use for dance attire or when out of dress code.

5. No jewelry is to be worn in dance class. It is required that your hair be tied up and back, preferably in ponytail or bun. No hair in face.

6. If a student has an injury that persists for more than two (2) days, a doctor’s note should be obtained and presented to the teacher.

7. All Dancers should carry Deodorant, wipes, Hair Elastics (girls), and Bobby Pins (girls).

A. Classroom Procedures

1. Come to class every day quietly with dance attire and writing utensils.

2. You will have 5 minutes to dress. During those five minutes, you should be dressing out in dance attire and using the rest room if necessary. Dismissal to the restroom after dress out period will be limited. This 5-minute period is not to be used to socialize in the dressing rooms. After you get dressed, immediately place shoes and bags in the designated area/lockers. Jewelry and other personal items including phones should also go in your locker.
3. Begin your sponge activity until Mrs. Irving finishes her attendance and grades your sponge activity.
4. If a student is sick and the student chooses to be in school, the student may sit out and should complete an alternative assignment due at the end of class. Sitting out will severely affect your grade since you are not physically active in class. Non-dressed & tardy individuals are expected to watch and write down class exercises as well as completing an alternative assignment due at the end of class.
B. Tardy/Attendance policy

  • When the last bell sounds, teachers are to close their door and direct students to get a pass from the Hillside Check Point.

  • Students are expected to attend all assigned after school rehearsals and performances. A written excuse from a parent must be submitted in order for an absence to be recorded as excused.

C. Classroom rules and Consequences

Classroom Rules:

1. Do not do anything that inhibits someone else from learning.

2. Respect yourself, each other, the space you are in and the materials you are using.

3. No food, drinks, or candy. Exception: Bottled water w/ lid, kept on the floor.

4. All electronic devices (except calculators) are to be turned off and out of sight in the classroom. Otherwise they will be confiscated. No mirror pictures!!!

5. No jewelry is to be worn in dance class. It is required that your hair be tied up and back, preferably in ponytail or bun. No hair in face.


1. Conference with teacher, detention, parental contact.

2. Parental conference with student/ formal written disciplinary referral to administration.

3. Recommendation for ISS and/or suspension.


Students will be responsible for the replacement cost of intentionally damaged, stolen or lost materials. See NAHS Handbook.


Dance history books, and other reference or classroom books are a valuable asset in the learning experience and will not be issued to each student. Books can be checked out for studying purposes and students will be held responsible for any damages' and/or theft.

  • Calendar of semester rehearsals and informal performances subject to change

  • September 8, 2016 – APS Dance Festival

  • November 3, 2016 – Dance/Orchestra Joint Concert

  • November 9-11, 2016 – Fall Informance/Dance Concert Series

  • December 1, 2016 – Holiday Show

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