School

of

Dance

The courses offered each semester at Ovation will vary based on the needs and goals of our students. Select classes will be offered year round and others by semester. We will invite Guest Artists to teach the more unique and specific content. Our Ovation Academy instructors will teach the majority of the lecture and foundation courses. Below is a partial list of possible course options offered at Ovation Academy. 

Foundation Courses offered every year

 

*Denotes Courses required for EVERY Dance Major

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL:

 

Dance Company*

Students will be involved in the development and

execution of performances for the academy and for

the public. Students will research and apply acting

techniques learned in their courses to the creation of

known and original works of dance for entertainment

and competition purposes.

Full Year Bonus Course, REQUIRED EACH SEMESTER

History of Tap*

​Students will gain a working knowledge of Tap history

through the historical exploration of the genre from

early man all the way to modern day tap dance.

Students will learn and analyze the change in the

genres elements through time. Students will be able

to apply their knowledge to research, performance

and design project presentations. Students will also explore how the history of the time period being explored affected the Tap at that time. Semester Course

 

History of Ballet*

​Students will gain a working knowledge of Ballet history through the historical exploration of the genre from early man all the way to modern day tap dance. Students will learn and analyze the change in the genres elements through time. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to research, performance and design project presentations. Students will also explore how the history of the time period being explored affected the Ballet at that time. Semester Course

 

Artistry of Dance*

​​This course is designed for students to explore the artistry involved in presenting a piece or production. Students will explore the music, choreography and design of the performance from the eye of a visual artist. Students will deeply examine the context of the movement and depth of the story and how to best communicate their message with the audience. [Pre-requisite History of Tap, History of Ballet] Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

                                                                  Auditioning for Dancers*

                                                                  Students will learn about various audition practices and spend the term developing an audition file of                                                                               material from various genres and styles of dance to use in a multitude of audition settings. Students will end                                                                     the term with a solos from a diverse range of time periods and dance styles to create a repertoire of material                                                                   that fits them well as performers. Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

                                                                  Ballet Technique (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)*

​                                                                  Through the study of Ballet, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations: perception; creative                                                                       expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response--provide broad, unifying                                                                         structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop                                                                   perceptual thinking and movement abilities in daily life, promoting an understanding of themselves and                                                                           others. Students develop movement principles and technical skills and explore choreographic and                                                                                     performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and healthy bodies that move expressively,                                                                                   efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive kinesthetic awareness. Students recognize                                                                           dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage                                                                       and traditions of their own and others, and enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and                                                                     analyzing dance allows students to strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking,                                                                     and develop artistic and creative processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to                                                                     dance and movement, enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite to move on to                                                                   next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Full Year Course, May be repeated

 

Leaps & Turns*

​Students will learn and perfect technique in various forms of leaps and turns. Semester Course, May be repeated

 

HipHop Technique (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

​Through the study of HipHop, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations: perception; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and movement abilities in daily life, promoting an understanding of themselves and others. Students develop movement principles and technical skills and explore choreographic and performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive kinesthetic awareness. Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage and traditions of their own and others, and enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance allows students to strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and develop artistic and creative processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to dance and movement, enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite to move on to next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Full Year Course, May be repeated

 

Tap Technique (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

​Through the study of Tap Dance, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations: perception; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and movement abilities in daily life, promoting an understanding of themselves and others. Students develop movement principles and technical skills and explore choreographic and performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive kinesthetic awareness. Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage and traditions of their own and others, and enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance allows students to strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and develop artistic and creative processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to dance and movement, enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite to move on to next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Full Year Course, May be repeated

 

Modern Technique (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

​Through the study of Modern Dance, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations:

perception; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response-

-provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to

acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and movement abilities in daily life, promoting

an understanding of themselves and others. Students develop movement principles and technical

skills and explore choreographic and performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and

healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive

kinesthetic awareness. Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural

relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage and traditions of their own and others, and enabling

them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance allows students to strengthen

decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and develop artistic and creative

processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to dance and movement,

enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite to move on to next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Full Year Course, May be repeated

 

Contemporary Technique (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

​Through the study of Contemporary Dance, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations: perception; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and movement abilities in daily life, promoting an understanding of themselves and others. Students develop movement principles and technical skills and explore choreographic and performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive kinesthetic awareness. Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage and traditions of their own and others, and enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance allows students to strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and develop artistic and creative processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to dance and movement, enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite to move on to next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Full Year Course, May be repeated

 

                                                                                               Pointe

​                                                                                               Through the study of Pointe, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations:                                                                                                          perception; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and                                                                                                response--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills                                                                                                            students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and                                                                                                              movement abilities in daily life, promoting an understanding of themselves and others.                                                                                                        Students develop movement principles and technical skills and explore choreographic and                                                                                                  performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and healthy bodies that move                                                                                                          expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive kinesthetic                                                                                                          awareness. Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural                                                                                                  relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage and traditions of their own and others, and                                                                                                  enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance allows                                                                                                      students to strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and develop artistic and creative processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to dance and movement, enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite Advanced Ballet and Director of Dance approval] Full Year Course, May be repeated

Jazz Technique (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

Through the study of Jazz Dance, this course will cover the four basic strands--foundations: perception; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and movement abilities in daily life, promoting an understanding of themselves and others. Students develop movement principles and technical skills and explore choreographic and performance qualities. Students develop self-discipline and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with a sensitive kinesthetic awareness. Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding historical and cultural relevance, increasing an awareness of heritage and traditions of their own and others, and enabling them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance allows students to strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and develop artistic and creative processes. Students continue to explore technology and its application to dance and movement, enabling them to make informed decisions about dance. [Pre-requisite to move on to next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Full Year Course, May be repeated

 

Stretching & Conditioning

This course teaches proper technique for staying healthy and preventing injury by utilizing efficient and effective stretching and conditioning. Semester Course, May be repeated

 

Supplemental Courses offered as desired or needed

 

Choreography & Composition

​Upper level students will act as assistant directors in an assigned Acting course where they will assist in

teaching basic concepts. Student directors will learn the process of directing a show from concept to stage,

being guided through the steps of putting a show together while developing and discovering their own

personal directing style. Directors will be responsible for casting and directing a 20 - 30 minute One-Act Play

at the end of the term with the members of their class who will perform and tech the show. [Pre-requisite:

Artistry of Dance, Juniors/Seniors] Full Year Course

 

Improvisational Dance

​Through improvised movement students will convey emotional context to tell powerful stories. This course

will allow students to explore their physical and emotional limitations in a safe and supportive environment.

Semester Course, May be repeated

 

Cirque Studies (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

This course will teach the skills and techniques used in cirque style performance including but not limited to;

Ariel Skills, Lyra hoop training, Acrobatics. [Pre-requisite to move on to next level is approval of the Director

of Dance] Semester Course, May be repeated

 

Partnering (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

​​This class will focus on partner dance including pas de deux and ballroom. Students will learn lift technique

as well as timing, trust and the performance elements required to effectively partner in dance. [Pre-requisite

to move on to next level is approval of the Director of Dance] Semester Course, May be repeated

 

Yoga & Pilates for Dancers

​Each class will work to balance all muscle groups' strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles with each movement. Classes will blend the Classical Pilates Method with exercise variations and by using props and light weights. This class students will focus on physical postures, deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body. Semester Course, May be repeated

 

Cultural Dance

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to experience and examine a variety of cultures and dance forms from around the world. The idea is to provide students with both the focus and impetus to make personal connections, strengthen connections to the global studies curriculum, and give students further opportunities for independent study on both dance and cultural issues. Styles will include but not be limited to; Irish step, African, Samba, Ballroom, etc. Semester Course, May be repeated

 

Dance Choreography Practicum

​ Students will take on the role of Choreographer for a major production and have the opportunity to choreograph solos and ensemble numbers. This is a Practicum course which will be housed within a lower level dance course.  [Pre-requisite Director of Dance Approval, Juniors/Seniors only] Semester Course

                                                        

Dance Directing Practicum

​Students will take on the role of Assistant director for a major production and have the opportunity to direct solos and ensemble numbers. This is a Practicum course which will be housed within a lower level dance course.  [Pre-requisite Director of Dance Approval, Juniors/Seniors only] Semester Course

CONTACT US

301 W. Louisiana

McKinney, TX 75069

214-856-4513     

Info@ovationAPA.org

HOURS OF OPERATION

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Saturday: 10:30am-4pm


 

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