Physical Education Waiver for Visual and Performing Arts Students
For students who intend to participate in Visual and Performing Arts Dance courses, The King's Academy will make available a waiver for one semester of Physical Education during the 7th - 10th grade years to allow for continuity in VPA courses. This waiver will be available each year during 7th - 10th grade. The waiver is applicable at The King’s Academy only and is not transferable to other schools, should the student transfer.
Dance Fundamentals - Jr. High (Grades 7-8)
This course provides an introduction to the art of dance. The focus of this class is to allow students to begin exploring movement through ballet, jazz and modern dance. Students will be introduced to the terms, techniques, and creative elements of dance. The course is designed to develop skills in coordination, agility, flexibility, proper alignment, creative expression and confidence. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their learning in the classroom, as well as in a spring recital event. Note: Class fees apply.
Intermediate Dance – Jr. High (Grades 7-8)
JH Intermediate Dance will progress students beyond JH Dance Fundamentals into a more rigorous curriculum. This course is for students who wish to deepen their existing dance technique in ballet, modern, jazz and tap, and be challenged by complex choreography. This course will also include some study into world dance and culture. Students who enter JH Intermediate Dance will have more than a basic understanding of proper dance technique, including alignment, posture, turn out, entering and landing jumps, spotting for turns etc. as well as a large vocabulary of steps in ballet, jazz and modern. Prerequisite: JH Dance Fundamentals or by audition. Note: Class fees apply.
Beginning Dance Fundamentals* (Grades 9-12)
The course provides an introduction to the art of dance. The focus of this class is to allow students to experiment with many different dance forms and learn about their historical and cultural roots. Students will be introduced to the terms, techniques, and creative elements of contemporary dance. The Fundamentals course is designed to develop skills in coordination, agility, flexibility, proper alignment, creative expression and confidence. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their learning in the classroom, as well as in recital events. Note: Class fees apply. *Meets UC eligibility.
Dance Workshop* (Grades 9-12)
This course is for intermediate students who want to perform. Students will use the foundation for Dance Fundamentals, and apply it to choreography, teamwork and performance. Dance Workshop will focus on various styles of performance choreography and is designed to expand the student's technical training, creative expression and critical analysis of dance through practical experience in rehearsal and performance. Students will be required to participate in performances. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginning Dance Fundamentals or teacher recommendation. Note: Admission is determined by audition. Class fees apply. *Meets UC eligibility
Ballroom Dance (Year Class, Grades 9-12)
This course is designed to introduce students to the form and technique of formal partnered dances including but not limited to swing, waltz, polka, cha-cha, salsa, and tango. The primary focus of the course is on the social experience of partnered dance, with aspects of performance and/or competition included as secondary focuses. To better understand the terminology, technique, common variations, and particular character of each dance,students will also study the historical and cultural context from which the dances emerged. Short written assignments, in-class performances, choreography projects, and video analysis will be included through the year to assess student learning, and the course will culminate in a performance as part of the school’s Dance Showcase in the spring. Class fees apply.