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Dance for Physical Fitness - Dance is a performance art which doubles as an effective form of exercise. Not only is expression through movement cathartic, but physical activity itself produces endorphins in the brain and positively affects the body as well as the mind. Movement activities incorporate the basics of physical fitness to include the development of agility, balance, flexibility, endurance, and strength. These elements are not just focused upon in the realm of physical health, but they are discussed as qualities to possess and to be applied in other aspects of life.
The Structure of the Course - Eighth graders are offered the opportunity to enroll in Dance for high school fine arts credit and in preparation for the Waller High School Wranglerettes. This course explores all forms of dance from Social and Ballroom to Classical and Theatrical types to Urban styles. Students study famous choreography, learn basic techniques associated with each style along with a sequence, and then arrange their own pieces in small groups for class and pep rally performances. In addition to famous choreographers, dancers, and their works, research activities include identifying dances linked to each student’s cultural and ethnic heritage.