MODERN I - Period 8


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Miss Dana Raike

Class Location: Dance Room

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(Exceptional skills and completion of this course will allow you to move on to Modern II with Robin Jaeckline at SOTA with teacher permission - please contact me if you are interested) 

**All Dance Lessons, Class Texts, and Assessments will be posted under the Documents tab**

I.                   Objectives

At the successful completion of the course the student will demonstrate:

  • Improvement in body awareness and alignment
  • A familiarity with basic dance movements and the ability to execute these movements
  • An awareness of focus and direction to clarify use of space
  • An awareness of musical rhythm, phrasing and qualities in relation to dance
  • The ability to participate in the improvisational process
  • The ability to observe and discuss dance as an art form
  • An understanding of the origins of modern dance and its seminal figures:  Duncan, St. Denis, Shawn, Graham, Holm, Humphrey, Weidman
  • Work collaboratively in a choreographic process
  • Perform in the end of the semester concert


II.                Course Content and Procedure


Material is presented by means of demonstration and description.  Fundamental movement principles are introduced as a basis for further development.  Students practice dance phrases presented in class and the teacher provides guidance and clarification.  Improvisation is used to explore movement concepts.


  • Swing-like movements and locomotion to promote continuity of movement
  • Beginning exercises to develop and awareness of alignment and increase flexibility
  • Basic traveling patterns, using focus and directional changes, such as triplets, hops, runs, leaps
  • Use of rhythmic variety in the given materials to provide and understanding of rhythm
  • Improvisation to explore the elements of dance (space, time and energy)
  • Movement to develop an awareness of rhythm and musicality
  • Viewing and evaluating a dance performance
  • Viewing and discussion of films/video which support the required reading. 

III.             Requirements

  • Regular attendance
  • Promptness
  • Proper attire
  • Dance concert attendance
  • Critique of a dance concert
  • Additional assignments given
  • Participation in performances
  • Written exam
  • Choreographic compositions

IV.             Evaluation

  • Improvement in body awareness and alignment
  • Improvement in use of weight
  • Improvement in moving through space with focus and energy
  • Improvement in rhythmic accuracy
  • Quality of assignments

V.  Grading

Formative                                                                      0%

Daily assignments

Summative                                                                  100%  

Class work and evaluations                                       

Projects (in class and final performance)                   

Written work and assignments                                                                                          


VI.          End of the Semester Performance

All students are expected to partake in a class project culminating in an all class performance at the end of the semester.  The performance date will be announced soon. There will be mandatory tech and dress rehearsals.  Schedule to be announced. 

VIII.       Registration for next semester

Students need permission from the instructor to take Modern II or Modern III.  It is not automatic that after you take Modern I, you then take Modern II.  Modern II is for dance majors, although some non majors will be allowed to take Modern II.  Some students will be given the recommendation to repeat this course multiple times.

IX.      Things to remember when having class in the Pagoda

  • Do not wear shoes on the dance floor that you wore outside.  If you are in a class that allows you to wear shoes, please bring a separate (clean and appropriate) pair to wear.
  • Keep your valuables at home
  • If you have something that can be spread to others, such as warts, staff infections or any skin ailment, it must be completely covered on all sides.  If they are on your feet or hands, tape is available from Robin.  If they are on your arms or legs, you must wear long sleeves and/or pants.  Stay home if you are contagious.
  • Clean up after yourself.  Ms. Raike is not your servant or your mother.

Participation in Class:

Students are expected to participate fully in every aspect of the dance program. The only legitimate excuse for not participating in class is illness or injury (not PMS, sore throat, etc).  If a student cannot participate in class, a doctor’s note is required.  If the student does not have the appropriate clothing, he or she is still required to participate in class.  However, points will be deducted from his/her professionalism grade.

Dressing Out

Class will begin five minutes after the regular scheduled class time.  All students please go to the lower floor, down the stairwell, to change. Do not leave anything in the bathrooms.  Bring your belongings into the dance space (Upstairs Pagoda) and stow them away from the dance florr.  Spread out and begin a personal warm-up.  Class will end five minutes before the regular time to give you time to change.         

All students are required to change into dance clothes.  This includes leotards, tights, sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, pajama bottoms, etc…  No jeans and no shoes.  Socks are okay but will be required to be taken off if slipping is occurring.  Hair must be pulled back away from your face and off your shoulders.  Oversized jewelry and chewing gum will not be permitted.

Effort, Attitude and Progress

Dancers will be evaluated 2 times per semester on their professionalism.  Task commitment is an essential component in the study of dance.  Having a positive attitude is an important component in a dance program.  Dance cooperation and respect for others are essential.  Establishing this kind of classroom environment will ensure that everyone has fun in the process of creating.  Give ideas, listen to ideas and collaborate with others

Completion of Assignments

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments.  In the case of an absence, students are responsible for getting their missed assignments.  Check my swift page or better yet, with another student.  Contact me via email if there are issues.


Students are required to participate fully in all performances and attend all scheduled rehearsals.  Performances are an extension of the dance curriculum.  Therefore, they are not considered an extracurricular activity, even though they may take place outside of the school day.