Week of November 13-17, 2017

Last week before concert! I know things have been crazy due to my absence, but we will get caught up, again the main thing is for everyone to stay in shape over the upcoming break.

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 11/13/17 – 


Tuesday 11/14/17 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Warm-up/Choreography

Wednesday 11/15/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz Warm-up/Choreography

Thursday 11/16/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz Warm-up/Choreography

Friday 11/17/17 – 

Gold Group – Concert Choreography


Dance Concert T-shirts – 

$10 due by 11/17/17 if you want a tshirt! Please sign off on your name on list in Studio 1 by Wednesday 11/15/17.


Week of November 6-10, 2017

We are getting closer and closer to concert time! This week the focus is finishing dances, finalizing costumes, beginning history unit, and getting information out about dance concert tshirts.

Jazz Skills Grades – these will be going in this week, but since it is only the second week of the unit, they can DEFINITELY change by the end of the unit. We will also be going over your rubrics for the past two skills grades in Jazz so that you know what you need to be focusing on.

Dance Concert Tshirts – I will be posting a list of everyone’s names in Studio 1 on Wednesday 11/8. You need to proof and initial by your name to approve the spelling, this is how your name will appear on the shirts for Fall and Spring concerts. Due date to complete that is Tuesday 11/14. I will also begin collecting money soon for shirts, this will be a quick turn around, we are finalizing pricing right now, but they are usually around $10, so plan accordingly if you are interested in getting one, and you can use your student account for these as well!

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 11/6/17 –

Silver Group – Jazz warm-up/Concert Choreography

5th period – clean and prepare for GHP Auditions

Tuesday 11/7/17

No School!, Teacher Workday

Wednesday 11/8/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz warm-up/Concert Choreography

Thursday 11/9/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz warm-up/Concert Choreography

Friday 11/10/17 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Warm-up/Concert Choreography

Gold Group – Mr. Davis

Week of October 30-November 3, 2017

Dancers – We are beginning Unit 3 in all classes, and this means it is CONCERT TIME!! We only have a couple of weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday, and we need to be ready for the show before we leave! This means keeping up with technique/conditioning/stretching/choreography/dance history both in and out of class. Remember, YOU ALWAYS HAVE DANCE HOMEWORK!

Dance History – you will be given smaller amounts in the next couple of weeks and then we won’t have any during concert week, and then after concert there will be a large focus on it. This is different than previous units when the focus has been pretty steady each week.

Jazz Skills Grades – I will be handing your rubrics back to you soon for you to look over, most of my notes were on consistency/endurance during warm-up, and on retaining corrections. I expect both of those skills to be fully developed by now. Pirouette placement was a big focus as well. And many of you lost points for not being prepared with proper dancewear etc., please don’t let that continue to happen. Your grade should reflect your dancing, but if you choose to not follow the rules in the syllabus that both you and your parent agreed to in August, you will continue to lose points.

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 10/30/17 –

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Tuesday 10/31/17 –

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Wednesday 11/1/17 –

Gold Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Thursday 11/2/17 –

Gold Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Friday 11/3/17 –

Gold Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Week of October 23-27, 2017

Dancers – this is the last week of Unit 2, and of course we are having our Unit 2 Test on Wednesday. We had our review for this last week, so you should be all set with your packets and notes in journals.

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 10/23 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Tuesday 10/24 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Wednesday 10/25 – Unit 2 Test – All Classes

Gold Group – Warm-up/Concert Choreography

Thursday 10/26 – 

Gold Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Friday 10/27 – Homecoming Pep Rally Schedule

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography


Other Reminders-

-We are working on concert choreography every day in class, so if you miss class for ANY reason, it is your responsibility to get caught up on choreography before the next class. This is in addition to getting Essential Questions, and any notes missed from class lectures.

-Jazz Skills grades will be going in this week, and can be adjusted up until the last class of the unit.

Week of October 16-20, 2017

Dancers – We are wrapping up Unit 2 in our Jazz History unit and will be doing some review for our Unit 2 test that is next Wednesday 10/25/17. Of course our main focus in class is preparing for the fall concert while continuing to strengthen and grow in technical training.

Please make sure that you are keeping up with all aspects of dance class outside of the studio – reviewing for the test, practicing new choreography, reviewing new combinations in class, stretching/conditioning etc.

Remember – you always have dance homework! Use your journal, review your corrections and don’t go let a day go by without strengthening your core muscles – abdominals, back, upper body.

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 10/16/17 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Tuesday 10/17/17 – 

Silver Group – Unit 2 Test Review/Warm-up/Concert Choreography

Wednesday 10/18/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz Technique/Concert Choreography

Thursday 10/19/17 – 

Gold Group – Unit 2 Test Review/Warm-up/Concert Choreography

Friday 10/20/17 – 

Gold Group – Warm-up/Concert Choreography

Unit 2 Written Assignment

Read Instructions carefully and let me know if you have any questions!

All assignments are due Friday 10/13/17. No late work accepted.

You will be watching videos on Chuck Davis, researching him and his company, and then watching videos on African dance and analyzing the movement using information from your dance history packets.

Videos to watch – (all on youtube)

“American Dance Festival 2015 Season Dedicated to Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis”

“Chuck Davis Balante Dance”

“West African Dance – Sinte” (this is from master class at Point Park University)

Requirements for Written Assignment –

-must be handwritten on lined paper

-first introductory paragraph should reflect research on Chuck Davis and his company

-two paragraphs analyzing movement from African dance videos using information from dance history packets, especially 6 characteristics of African dance (use times in videos for references – “I saw use of improvisation at 2:12 in video”)

-make sure to be as specific as possible when discussing 6 characteristics

-final paragraph on connections you see with current dance styles and six characteristics of African dance

Week of October 9-13, 2017

Dancers – we have some special scheduling this week and will be continuing our jazz history unit, technique classes and concert choreography – so busy as always!

Weekly Schedule – 

Monday 10/9/17 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Choreography

Tuesday 10/10/17 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Choreography

Wednesday 10/11/17 – PSAT TESTING DAY

Testing 9-11 grades, Senior activities – 1st half of day

3rd and 4th – Gold group- Jazz Technique/Choreography

Thursday 10/12/17 – EARLY DISMISSAL DAY

1st and 2nd – Gold group – Jazz Technique/Choreography

Early Dismissal after 2nd period

Friday 10/13/17 – 

Silver Group – Jazz Technique/Choreography

Gold Group – Modern with Mr. Davis



Dancers – please read this entire post carefully so that you know what you need for the concert in December! The Spiritwear store is now open and taking orders for dancewear. This will be your last chance to order for the semester, and you can order whatever you need for the concert and/or items you need to supplement your current supply for classes. 

Some items discusses – shoes, tights, underdressing – can or need to be purchased outside of the online store. We are putting everything on the list so that you know what you need to have for the concert and can make arrangements to get it if you do not already own the required items.


ALL FEMALE DANCERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FLEXI/BODY LINER FOR THE CONCERT. This is what you wear under your costume and it never leaves your body. If you do not have a flexi the week of the concert, you will not perform. You may purchase through the CCCEPA website, at a dance wear store, or at some department stores. You should only need one your entire time in CCCEPA dance department. No exceptions to this rule. We will be checking for these the week of the show at dress rehearsal.

All male dancers are expected to wear dance belt (same as class) at all times during concert.

Ballet – 

Females –pink tights and pink ballet shoes

Males – black CCCEPA jazz pants, black tights, black ballet shoes


Jazz – (all classes except 4th period)

Females – black tank CCCEPA concert leotard, black and tan tights*, black CCCEPA bike shorts

*I will be making announcements on shoes required for 1-3 periods (bare feet/black jazz shoe/character shoe) in the next week or so, but have both color tights so we have options with costumes

4th period – girls will wear tan character shoes

Males – black CCCEPA jazz pants, black jazz shoes, black socks


Week of September 13-15, 2017

Well we have certainly had a crazy week! I hope that you and your families stayed safe throughout the storm and residual weather we had in the area over the past couple of days. We will pick up this week with our regular schedule starting on Wednesday and go from there. This means that I will not see the Silver group this week. Please make sure you have read the chapter that I already gave you on the African roots of jazz dance, because you will be getting the second chapter next week so that we can get you all of the information before you leave for Fall Break. After Fall Break concert choreography begins! So, everyone, keep doing what you know you need to do outside of class so that our class time can be put to its best use.

Wednesday 9/13/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Thursday 9/14/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Friday 9/15/17 –

Gold Group -Jazz Barre/Modern Jazz class


Reminders – 

-Dancewear orders will be arriving soon, and this means EVERYONE will be expected to be in 100% CCCEPA dress code every day. No exceptions.

-We will also have a concert dance wear order and I will be posted concert requirements for each class so that you know of any additional items you might need to get at this point to be prepared for the concert in December.

-Specific shoes for Jazz pieces – there will be some pieces performed in character shoes or black jazz shoes, and the turnaround  to have these in class will be very short. I will post the shoe requirements with the concert requirements. Since these are both listed on the syllabus and not affiliated with the CCCEPA Online store, you will be expected to have those in a timely fashion. I know many of you have them already, just know that if you don’t and your class is wearing them in concert you will need to get them quickly.

-KEEP UP WITH YOUR WEEKLY CORRECTIONS IN YOUR JOURNALS!  – Yes, we can grade these at any point, but that is not the overall point of assigning these. We want you to get better and applying corrections so that you can advance faster in your training. Writing them down immediately after class is the best way to remember specifics so that you can actually apply the correction in your next class.

Week of September 5-8, 2017

Welcome back dancers! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and are ready to get back in the studios this week. Remember that we have our Unit 1 Test on Wednesday 9/6/17, other than that the schedule for the week should be relatively normal. But as you know, it’s important to remain flexible in body and mind in order to handle whatever comes your way.

Weekly Schedule – 

Tuesday 9/5/17 – 

-Silver Group – Jazz Technique

Wednesday 9/6/17 – 

-Unit 1 Test – all classes

-Gold Group – Jazz Technique (after test)

Thursday 9/7/17 – 

-Gold Group – Jazz Technique

Friday 9/8/17 – 

-Silver Group – Jazz Technique


Technique Focus – 

Jazz Skills grades will have their final adjustments this week to reflect performance for the full six week term. Students are evaluated on the elements listed in the Dance Department Handbook handed out the first week of school.

Remember that each week more is expected of you in class – your ability to get not only get through warm-up but perform movements with energy and dynamics, your ability to retain combinations and phrases from class to class and week to week (this will prepare you for learning concert choreography) and your ability to retain and apply corrections.

Academic Focus – 

This week is the Unit 1 Test, which we reviewed for last week, and then we move on to the African roots of Jazz. After Monday, all students should have the first handout for Unit 2 and are expected to read it in it’s entirety to be prepared for Essential Questions at beginning of classes.