Courses for Academic Credit

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Dance

The NMH Dance Program advocates dance as an academic discipline and important mode of communication. The curriculum of each course infuses the practice of dance technique with the history of dance as well as the scientific foundations of movement. The NMH Dance Program offers students the opportunity to experience dance as a physical activity, as an art form, as a language, and as an academic discipline. With the exception of DAN120, courses fulfill the PE requirement for the term in which they are taken. Participation in one of the dance companies fulfills the athletic requirement for a team sport. In addition to the courses for academic credit, the dance program offers cocurricular courses in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance as well as private lessons. There are two performing dance companies: a senior company and a junior company. The dance companies, because they fulfill the athletic requirement, also fulfill the cocurricular requirement for the term in which they are taken.

Dance courses fulfill either the PE requirement or the cocurricular requirement for the term in which they are taken, but not both requirements. If a student’s dance class is the PE class, then he or she must enroll in another cocurricular to meet the cocurricular requirement.

 

ART 111P : Arts Foundations in the Performing Arts: The Power of Art
Credit: Half credit
Prerequisite: Required: Ninth-grade students choose this course or ART 111V
Grade Level: Ninth Graders
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Here we are exploring dance, music, and theater. Students will discover their expressive selves and how they, and the larger world, are touched by art.  Through hands-on participation in the three disciplines, students will acquire practical skills, a common vocabulary, and new levels of both critical and creative thought.  Students will attend performances throughout the semester. The class is team taught by members of the performing arts department.

DAN 120 : Contemporary Dance Fundamentals
Credit: Half credit
Prerequisite: None
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The fundamentals of jazz and modern dance are taught within a framework that emphasizes learning the anatomy of the moving body and the history of the two genres in the art form. Blending improvisation techniques and set movement combinations with basic jazz-dance vocabulary, dancers will be encouraged to explore expression, dynamics, and rhythmic patterns.

 
DAN 841 : Advanced Ballet: Technique and Theory
Credit: Half credit
Prerequisite: Audition
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Advanced Ballet: Technique and Theory is a year long course that provides classical and contemporary ballet training with emphasis on placement and alignment of the body and the development of performance quality. Technical proficiency and anatomical awareness will be highlighted and the history of classical dance will be covered. Students at this level must have prior ballet training and must be ready to perform complex movement sequences of longer lengths. Students in this course will earn one half credit over the year long course. This half credit will be in addition to the required six major credits, and will be granted during the spring semester.