Dance Conditioning

Offered in grades 10/11/12

Within this course, students will be introduced to principles of strength and conditioning as they pertain to dance technique. Students will develop an increased amount of strength, technique and flexibility through the practice of methods such as: Pilates, floor barre, dance specific yoga, dance specific plyometrics, dynamic imagery and movement. Students will be able to recognize and develop their dance skill by understanding and internalizing feedback through sensory (body) awareness, as well as visual and verbal cues. They will have an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students will also learn about how nutrition and general health affect them as dancers. As a result, they will be able to articulate their objectives through the use of proper anatomical language and understanding, as well as, how specific conditioning exercises improve dance technique. Ultimately the knowledge and development of physical skills, in this course, will enable students to train as a dancer more efficiently according to their own anatomical make-up.

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