Dance


Dance Courses Offered:
Each year, the Dance Program at Union Mine High School grows in strength and expands in numbers. Students choose to enroll in this unique Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) class to gain confidence and overcome shyness, to meet new people in a welcoming and inclusive environment, and to manage stress while engaging in an artistic opportunity only available to most in this school environment. Many students find such a kindred relationship with the UMHS Dance Program, that they re-enroll each year of their high school career, and many continue to study the fine art in their higher education. Encompassing, and underlying this interest in the Dance Program is the bi-annual Dance Concert, which provides these young artists with the opportunity to express their passion while performing for their community.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Rubini at the UMHS Dance Department at crubini@eduhsd.k12.ca.us or at (530)621.4003 x4328

Dance Courses Offered:
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UMHS offers four levels of dance courses:
  • Dance 1 (Dance Fundamentals)
  • Dance 2 (Intermediate Dance)
  • Dance 3 (Advanced Dance)
  • Dance Production (Performance Dance)
Dance Course Descriptions:
 
Dance 1:
This course is designed for the beginning level dancer, and introduces basic technique in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and cultural dance. Dance history, stage terminology, theater etiquette, and dance terminology will also be discussed. Class activities include performances each semester, and research assignments throughout. Additional units include dance choreography, dance improvisation, writing a dance critique, multimedia dance forms, and the art of performing.  Students will gain a fundamental appreciation for performing and analyzing this art form.
 
Dance 2:
This intermediate dance course is designed to continue technique in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and cultural dance at the intermediate level.  Students will continue to explore choreography, improvisation, and the art of performing at the intermediate level.  Emphasis is placed on analyzing one’s dance performance and recognizing areas that need improvement. Proper body positioning (alignment) should become recognizable and consistent.  New movements will be introduced in all dance forms, increasing skills that encompass balance, flexibility, and musicality.  Additional units include dance improvisation, writing a dance critique, dance history, and multimedia dance forms.
Prerequisite: Dance 1 or audition/ approval of instructor.
 
Dance 3:
This course is designed for the advanced level dancer and will continue to develop technique in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and cultural dance. Choreography, improvisation, and the art of performing will be explored individually and in small groups.  Emphasis is placed on the dance performances and advanced level skill proficiency is expected. Additional units include group and individual dance for musical theater, dance improvisation, writing a dance critique, dance history, and multimedia dance forms. Students will begin to explore careers in dance and the performing arts. 
Prerequisite: Dance 2 or audition/ approval of instructor.
 
Dance Production:
The art of performing is the primary focus. It is mandatory that students demonstrate control of their body and knowledge of proper positioning.  Increased performance opportunities are available at this level, and students will continue to explore careers in dance and the performing arts. Students in this level will explore choreography and composition, demonstrating, analyzing, and creating detailed movement studies. This class concentrates on the development of a healthy well balanced performing artist.
Prerequisite: Dance 3 or audition/ approval of instructor.
 
Performance Opportunities:
All dance students at UMHS perform in one dance concert each semester, with a unique theme.  
 
Dance Production Students may have additional performance opportunities throughout the year including: 
  • Pep Rallies
  • Halftime at Sporting Events
  • Various Community Performance Opportunities
  • Field Trips to Dance Related Events
Past Productions:
 
May 2019. Union Mine High School     dance performance