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February 19, 2020 Pinellas County Center for the Arts is Training Professional Artists . . . This month's Guest Editor, Bob Devin Jones, wants to celebrate Arts Education. He suggested that the Arts Coast Journal ask what kinds of arts careers the gifted
Lower Division Dance students enter a curriculum designed to provide solid technical training in ballet and modern dance. Dancers are required to take ballet, pointe, variations, modern, and composition. The schedule may also include character, partnering and the study of repertoire. These courses serve to expand the students’ understanding of the historical expression of dance, teach the basic principles of choreography, and provide practical knowledge for the development of performance skills. Additional courses focus on strengthening, conditioning, nutritional awareness, and injury prevention. Dance majors maintain a strong Portfolio during this two year course of study.
The Upper Division Dance Curriculum focus on the refinement of technical and performance skills. Dancers develop personal knowledge and vision through the study of specific artists and repertory in ballet and modern. Independent study through portfolio development and project-based performance increase the upper level student’s understanding of dance as an art form and to the other arts . The final year is directed toward preparing young dancers for college work and professional training opportunities. Dance composition challenges the student’s creativity and additional repertory classes emphasize working with coaching and individual performance.
The faculty monitors the progress of students throughout the year through semester evaluations, Jury Examinations, and conferences. These evaluations are important in preparing dancers to continue their education at colleges and universities, professional companies, and other career opportunities.
Ballet Technique I
Dance Repertory I Lester Horton Technique
Dance Aesthetics I
Ballet Technique II
Dance Repertory II Sophomore Projects
Dance Aesthetics II
Dance History Appreciation I
Ballet Technique III
Dance Repertory III Junior Projects
Dance History Appreciation II
Ballet Technique IV
Dance Repertory IV Senior Portfolio Career Preparation
Dance Choreography Performance I Senior Projects