Gymnastics as Dance Courses
Gymnastics takes many forms, but all of them require physical movement and artistry. That means they are a form of Athletic and Performing Arts. That means if you are training in gymnastics you can receive credit for your work through Dance courses, specifically designed for gymnasts.
Each of these courses requires registration in 60 hours or more of gymnastics training with a gymnastics club, per course. This is approximately 2 hours a week in a 30 week skating season. Students in grade 8 and 9, who have been training in gymnastics for at least 3 years, can enroll in the grade 10 courses. Below each category are links to an outline of the course assignments and the related dance curriculum by grade level.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students take Dance Foundations (G) before taking the Technique and Performance (G) course. Once they are completed the second unit in that course, they can sign up for Dance Technique and Performance (G). Gymnasts are encouraged to take Dance Foundations each year, as it will help them focus on developing and implementing a plan to achieve their season goals.
Dance Foundations (G): The focus of this course is on the development of your technique. You will work to develop expression of yourself through movement in one or more elements of gymnastics. In addition, you will explore the world of gymnastics and all it encompasses beyond the techniques involved - from preparing to train safely, through understanding what makes clubs unique and effective places to learn, to exploring ways to feed your creative muse while staying healthy and exploring what can be learned from watching other gymnasts and athletic artists perform. You will be working with a gymnastics club to develop your technique.
Dance Technique and Performance (FS): The focus of this course is on your performance at competitions or in shows. You will work to develop technique that will enhance the performance to take it beyond a recital of steps and movements. You will also learn the importance of preparing to move safely throughout your gymnastics training, and research the history of and issues in gymnastics. You will be working with a gymnastics club to develop your technique.
Dance Conditioning: You will explore and apply the principles of training for an athletic art, such as dance, figure skating, artistic or rhythmic gymnastics, while ensuring you are protecting yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. You will learn about how to move better through the study of somatics, specifically by exploring and experiencing the Feldenkrais method.