Dance courses will count towards your compulsory arts credit for your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
ATC1O0, ATC2O0, ATC3O0 are all open level courses, with no pre-requisites. It is recommended however that these courses be taken in sequence for optimal learning.
ATC3M0 and ATC4M0 are university college preparation courses. ATC1O0 or ATC2O0 are pre-requisites for ATC3M0 (although both are highly recommended).
ATC3M0 is the prerequisite for ATC4M0. It is important to identify post-secondary audition requirements as the learning in the grade 12 course provides excellent content for a variety of college and university entrance audition requirements.
ATC1O0 – Grade 9 Dance – Open
Were we born to dance? Grade 9 dance introduces you to the world of global social dance forms and allows you to discover where they came from and how they have evolved and influenced other dance forms. Through the study of dance techniques you will develop greater body awareness, control and coordination. Through collaborative performance tasks you will develop skills in problem solving, creativity and communication skills. You will build your own dance pieces by working through the creative and critical thinking process, so that you can plan, revise and present your own dance compositions. Potential units of study include African dance, swing dance, and hip hop. Additionally, an invited hip hop choreographer will work with the class through a 3-5 day residency.
ATC2O0 – Grade 10 Dance – Open
Come discover why you CAN dance! Grade 10 dance will introduce you to the world of Jazz dance forms and its various influences and innovators and how Jazz connects to both to street dance culture and the ballet and modern dance world. Through the physical practice of studying Jazz techniques you will develop body awareness, strength and control. You will also use the creative process to learn about the elements of dance and composition so that you can plan, revise and present your own Jazz inspired dances. Potential units include: classical/modern jazz, street jazz and musical theatre/broadway jazz. Additionally, an invited street jazz choreographer will do a 4-5 residency creating an original dance piece on the class.
ATC3M0 – Grade 11 Dance – University / College
Is dance a form of entertainment or art? Grade 11 Dance will introduce you to the pioneers of modern dance and their impact on transforming dance into an artform. You will continue to develop your physical practice through the study of modern dance technique, so that you will continue to develop greater body awareness, and increasingly more range of motion, strength and flexibility. You will also learn about the care and prevention of dance injuries through the study of Yoga and Pilates. A variety of provocations and sources will be used to ignite your own movement innovations to build more complex and sophisticated dance pieces that integrates increasingly more complex compositional forms and strategies.
ATC3O0 – Grade 11 Dance – Open
It’s never too late to start dancing! This is an entry level dance course. You are able to select this course with no previous dance classes taken in grade 9 or 10. Grade 11 open dance will introduce you to a variety of dance forms through the studying of dance technique so that you will develop body awareness, strength and control. Through collaborative performance tasks you will develop skills in problem solving, creativity and communication skills. You will build your own dance pieces by working through the creative and critical thinking process, so that you can plan, revise and present your own dance dance compositions. Additionally, an invited choreographer will work with the class through a 3-5 day residency.
ATC4M0 – Grade 12 Dance – University / College
Dance, when words aren’t enough! Grade 12 dance will promote continued development towards greater technical proficiency in dance as well as begin to look at dance creation as a form of inquiry and expressing what words cannot. Provocations and open ended questions will be used to inspire your creative and critical thinking processes as you build more complex dance creations for the stage, outdoor sites, and the camera. You will create an online interactive portfolio that invites dialogue and commentary during and after each creation cycle. You will continue to connect with the Canadian Dance landscape and tap into its diversity, by viewing and responding to live Canadian dance performances as well as work with a guest choreographer through an artistic residency.