Self Assessment Paper

All students will complete a (one page, typed, size 12 font) self assessment paper analyzing your accomplishments and goals in jazz dance. You will use your 1st semester Jazz Skills Rubrics – you will get to see these this week in class, as well as your weekly corrections, and overall reflections on your progress. In your paper you need to discuss three accomplishments that you feel you have achieved, and set three goals for yourself to achieve by the end of this year. Be as specific as possible in your descriptions, it will only enhance your training and growth as a dancer.

If you have any questions about the assignment, please ask me via email or when we look at rubrics. We will not be spending a lot of class time on this. This is for your personal reflection.


Some things to keep in mind –

-One page means one FULL COMPLETE PAGE, not one page of paper with 2″ margins. Turn in half a page, expect a 50. Your name/date can take up TWO lines maximum.

-If you are going on the Unifieds trip, you need to turn it in before you leave.

-If you are in Sister Act, you might want to get it done this week.

-Do not email me papers, turn in a hard copy.

-Everybody’s printer can’t break/run out of ink/paper on February 5.

-No late work accepted.


Week of January 22-26, 2018

Well, here’s hoping we have a “regular” week! I also hope you have done some things over the snowcation to stay in shape. We have lost even more time in our semester, and it’s barely begun. We will continue to focus on Jazz History and Technique daily. Make sure that you have your journals with you every class. Now that the Vaudeville projects are over, you need to be prepared for new information every day, especially now that we are making up for lost time in order to get ready for end of unit test in just a few weeks.

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 1/22 – 

Silver Group – Jazz History/Technique

Tuesday 1/23 – 

Silver Group – Jazz History/Technique

Wednesday 1/24 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Thursday 1/25 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Friday 1/26 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique


PTSA NIGHT – Wednesday 1/24/18


Week of January 16-19, 2018

Dancers – I hope everyone had a relaxing and reflective holiday. I look forward to seeing you all back in the studios tomorrow. Below is the schedule for the week. We will move forward in the jazz history unit as well as continue to focus on technical strength, alignment, and musicality in technique classes.

Weekly Schedule – 

Tuesday 1/16/18 – 


Wednesday 1/17/18 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Thursday 1/18/18 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

(4th period – Master Class, 5th period talk-back)

Friday 1/19/18 – 

Silver Group – Jazz History/Technique

Black History Month Dances

The following dances will be a part of the Black History Month Program on Friday, February 9, 2018. Remember that this commitment will also include Dress Rehearsals on Wednesday, February 7, and Thursday, February 8 after school as well. Any dancers/choreographers that have not seen Ms. Edwards for notes by the end of the day on Friday 1/12/18 will be cut from the show.

IMPORTANT – In order to make the program a workable length, the dances all must be cut to shorter lengths. I have put the required cut times in parentheses next to each piece title. There are NO exceptions to this requirement.

“1960 What?” (2:30 minutes)

“Run and Tell That” (2:30 minutes)

“Still I Rise” (1 minute), Tallie speaking poem

“Hip-Hop Duo”  (1 minute)

“Hip-Hop trio” (1 minute)

“Freedom” (2 minutes) – see Ms. Edwards for costume notes

“I’ll Fly Away” – quartet working with Ms. Edwards, plan on rehearsing before school and at least once after school


Week of January 8-12, 2018

Well, dancers, another day out of school! We will adjust and keep moving on!

Obviously the focus of this week is the VAUDEVILLE PROJECTS! Make sure you have selected your music and are ready to work in groups when you get to jazz class this week. You all have an extra day off of school, so you have plenty of time to be prepared for these projects. I look forward to seeing all the variety!

Silver Group – You will start your projects Tuesday 1/9, and then perform next Tuesday 1/16 due to the holiday on Monday 1/15.

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 1/8/18 – no school, inclement weather

Tuesday 1/9/18 – Vaudeville Projects – Silver Group, work in groups and prepared for performance

Wednesday 1/10/18 – Vaudeville Projects – Gold Group, work in groups and prepared for performance

Thursday 1/11/18  – Vaudeville Projects – Gold Group, short rehearsal and perform for grade

Friday 1/12/18 – Jazz Technique – Gold Group


Vaudeville Project Music

Below are two links that can lead you to lists of popular songs from the 1920s. After that is a list of early jazz musicians and little bit about their style in case you want to venture on your own search and/or don’t find what you need from links.

Requirements for Project – your group can use however many pieces of music it needs, but you need to come to class prepared with a piece of music for your act. Then your group can decide how to choose and organize your music. You will have to write down the title, artist and release date for all music used on your group rubric so have that information with you as well.

Links –

Early Jazz Musicians – 

Scott Joplin – foremost composer of Ragtime, which would lead to development of stride piano, one of the first styles of jazz

Buddy Bolden – blended Ragtime with Blues and Church music, added brass and clarinets and changed how jazz was orchestrated

King Oliver – band leader, Louis Armstrong’s teacher

Nick LaRocca – leader of Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Jelly Roll Morton – combined Ragtime with other styles

James P. Johnson – one of originators of stride piano


Auditions are Tuesday 1/9 4:30-6:15pm in the Vocal room. You must email Mr. D’Hav to sign up for the audition. There are flyers up all over Betty Gray with more information. We need all types of acts, so if you have something prepared and ready to audition next week, please make this a priority!

BHM Program Performance  – Friday 2/9/18

Dress Rehearsals – Wednesday 2/7 and Thursday 2/8 (after school)

Week of January 4-5, 2018

Welcome back dancers! I am looking forward to seeing everyone this week. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get back in the studio! Please read over all the information below so that we can get the semester started off well.

We are on EXTENDED HOMEROOM SCHEDULE both days this week. You will report directly to Homeroom before 1st period Thursday and Friday.

Thursday 1/4/18 – 

Gold Group – Jazz Technique class

(4th period will begin Vaudeville projects)

Friday 1/5/18 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique class



I hope you worked on your “acts” over the break! You should be ready to begin and will be finding out your groups and time requirements soon.

Dates for each class to work on projects – 1st day is to collaborate, 2nd day is to rehearse/perform. Information will be posted on blog soon regarding rubric, but overall project description is the same as posted in December.

Monday 1/8 and Tuesday 1/9 – Silver

Wednesday 1/10 and Thursday 1/11 – Gold (except 4th, we will discuss your schedule 1/4)

If you are absent either of these days, you will have a written make-up assignment to complete by Thursday 1/11. If you fail to do this you will get a zero for the grade.