Dance teaches 21st century skills that will help you in any aspect of their life such as dedication, work ethic, spatial reasoning, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. On top of all this contributes to a healthy lifestyle and is FUN! For dance class to be fun it is important that students follow class expectations and rules. Classroom/ Studio Rules: 1. Be RESPECTFUL to Ms. Paulsen, your classmates, yourself, and the classroom/studio. This includes from refraining from profane or vulgar language, eye rolling, laughing or making fun of others. Disrespectful attitudes will not be tolerated! 2. Come PREPARED to class every day. This means more than dressing in appropriate dance attire, it means having all required class materials. This also includes being ready to participate in daily class activities. 3. Be RESPONSIBLE. This means that you are in charge of your actions and attitude. You have the choice! 4. Be WILLING. In dance you will be asked to do things you have never tried before. Be open and willing to the experiences that are given you. 5. Be ENGAGED. It is important to your safety and to the learning environment, that you are engaged on what is happening in class. Be a participating member of the class and try your best! 6. Be POSITIVE. Dance asks you to stretch yourself and put yourself out there. It is crucial that you keep a positive attitude and outlook. This makes the experience safe and and fun for everyone in class. ** PHONES stay in your backpack & must be silenced!- There will be times when I will allow phones out for music, and other educational purposes. Until I ask, please keep electronic devices and phones out of sight! I will take phones if they are found out.
Dress Code & Required Materials
Black dance (activity) clothing
1”Binder (for portfolio)
Dress Code: All Black Attire Required
Attire in dance class must allow for mobility. This means that clothes must fit well (not too baggy) and have stretchy fabric. Tops must cover shoulders as well as the whole torso including chest, back and midriff, at all times. Bottoms must be between mid-thigh and mid-calf in length.
Shoes and socks are not allowed in the dance studio unless communicated otherwise by Ms Paulsen.
Hair must be out of your face and off your shoulders for the entire class period. No excessive jewelry allowed (stud earrings are appropriate).
Attendance: Because dance experiences cannot be replaced by reading a book, attendance is crucial for learning. Attendance will be reflected in grades as well as citizenship, and the consequences can either be rewarding or detrimental. Students must provide an excellent learning environment for those around them and part of that means being present to all classes, rehearsals and performances. Student must make an effort to learn. Students are expected to be on time, respectful and listening to directions carefully, and follow all classroom rules.
Students will be awarded 10 points every class period if they are present and actively participating and following all classroom/ school rules. Points will be deducted for tardiness, excessive talking, failure to dress, and lack of participation, or failure to follow classroom rules.
Students with mild injuries or illnesses are expected to dress and dance to a safe degree. Only under extenuating circumstances will students be allowed to sit out from class and complete an alternate assignment. Communicate with Ms. Paulsen often about sicknesses and absences asap!
Make-up & Missing Work
Dance experiences cannot be replaced by book work therefore class attendance is crucial. To make up for each missed class students may choose a make-up assignment from the following list. Students must choose a different option for each absence and MUST get pre-approval and further instructions from Ms. Paulsen.
1. Create a Dance Dictionary Info Graphic/ poster a. Create a poster that defines 5 dance terminology b. See Ms. Paulsen to get your dance terms.
2. Create a 1 minute solo and perform it for Ms. Paulsen (before/after school) a. Create a dance solo b. Perform it for Miss Paulsen c. Point out 3 elements of dance you used in your solo
3. Attend a dance class (that you do not normally take) and a write 1 paragraph reflection on what you learned. a. Have the teacher of your class sign the attendance slip b. Typed reflection paragraph & staple to attendance slip.
4. Attend Dance Conditioning Class (Tuesdays, after school) with Ms. Paulsen a. Dance Conditioning Class is held every Tuesday afterschool for 50 min. b. Tell Ms. Paulsen when you are planning on attending so she can plan on how many/ who will be attending.
5. Help Clean the Studio after School a. Set up a time and day with Ms. Paulsen b. Come in and Help sweep floor, clean the mirrors, clean white boards, etc.
6. Attend a dance concert and write a concert critique a. Attend a dance concert. (Check with Ms. Paulsen for Approval) b. Type a 1 pg. concert critique on 2 pieces.
7. Make a Poster a. Talk to Ms. Paulsen for content & specific instructions
** If you have another idea for a Make-up option talk to Ms. Paulsen for Approval first**