Students at Franklin will be exposed to many different dance
styles and choreography methods. Kindergarten through 1st
will focus mainly on creative movement, the elements of dance,
pre-ballet techniques, and locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
Grades 2nd through 5th will continue the elements of dance,
learn beginning choreography methods and learn ballet, jazz,
tap, and modern technique. These students will also learn
some folk and social dance. Grades 6th through 8th will focus
on ballet, jazz, tap, modern, social, African, and hip hop.
They will focus on different choreography methods and dance
history. All students will receive at least one performance
Each class will receive at least one performance opportunity
per year. Information about dates and times will be sent
home with students. Performing is an important part of the
dance program so each child is expected to perform different
styles of dance through out their years at Franklin.
Students are graded on a point system based on participation,
effort, and informal assessment on knowledge of vocabulary
and theory. Students will be informed when they lose points
for the day lowering their grade. Students can earn points
back by correcting behavior throughout the class. Students
are aware of rules and policies and will be reminded of them
and warned before they lose points. Special projects and
performances are also graded on a point system.
After School Dance
Most semesters there are after school dance classes for
grades 1-8. This gives students who are serious about improving
their dance technique extra training and performance opportunities.
These classes tend to fill up fast and students are accepted
on a first come, first serve basis so turn in your after
school slips promptly.