Mrs. Costantino's Dance Classes
Creativity · Discipline · Confidence · Inspiration
At Vista Heights Middle School our dancers engage in the skillful development of their bodies and thoughtful growth of their minds. Dancers engage in a unique creative perspective though movement, collaboration, and performance. Unlocking the possibilities within themselves, the surrounding community and culture and within the Art of Dance. We are excited to be able to offer this unique experience to our students.
Daily Instruction follows the California State Standards for Physical Education in Dance and Performing Arts
This is a course of instruction designed to include applications of beginning dance movement and techniques. The students will learn to express themselves through a variety of movement techniques as well as express themselves on paper with demonstrations of critique writing. Styles will include – jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, world, basic ballet and modern techniques. Weekly course content will involve warm up, across the floor technique and strength and conditioning. Injury prevention will be taught through Pilates Dance Conditioning and Yoga. Students will learn concepts of Kinesiology, Anatomy, and Nutrition to develop an understanding as to how to maintain, fine tune, and protect the body as an instrument.
Participation in Class:
Students are expected to fully participate in every aspect of the dance program. Students earn a daily grade based on a 10 point scale that encompasses: technical proficiency, musicality, spatial awareness, sequencing ability, and dynamic range, and personality. Please come prepared for dance class with your clothes and materials, just as you would by bringing your math book to math! Students are encouraged to dress and perform everyday. It is very important to be prepared. Being prepared shows your commitment to growing as a dancer at Vista Heights Middle School.