Performing Arts Courses

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Dance
Satisfies Arts Program Requirement
Classes I, II & III
This comprehensive course is designed both for students who have had little or no previous formal dance experience and for the intermediate level dancer. Students explore and practice the principles of dance technique, improvisation and composition, working to develop greater awareness, freedom and control in the use of the body as an instrument of expression. Ballet, modern and jazz dance styles will be introduced and practiced.

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Advanced Dance: Modern
(Half Course)
This course is designed for students prepared to work at the advanced or intermediate level in modern dance technique. Students practice advanced warm-up exercises, center combinations and movement patterns. In addition to technique, students explore improvisation and dance composition
in a more in-depth manner. (Prerequisite: Arts Program Dance or permission of the instructor.)

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Advanced Dance: Ballet
(Half Course)
This course is designed for dancers prepared to work at the advanced or intermediate level in ballet technique. Students practice advanced warm-up exercises, center combinations and movement patterns. In addition to technique, students may learn repertory from choreographed ballets. (Prerequisite: Arts Program Dance or permission of the instructor.)

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Advanced Dance: Choreography
(Half Course)
This course explores the path from improvisational dancing to sophisticated dance making. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, students cultivate their natural movement resources, developing movement ideas into fully shaped dance and movement pieces. Students also study relevant and well-established choreographers. No formal dance training is required; however, the ability and the desire to move are necessary. This course is strongly recommended for students interested in choreographing for the Winter Dance Concert. (Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.)

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Drama
Satisfies Arts Program Requirement
Classes I, II & III
This course teaches basic skills for the beginning actor. Exercises and scene work aim at developing concentration, freedom and power of expression, connection with a text and with acting partners, and a process for approaching characterization. The emphasis is on representational acting techniques and contemporary, realistic texts. Attendance at all Upper School performances is required. Excursions to professional productions may be required.

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Advanced Drama: Acting Styles
(Semester 1)
Classes I & II
Emphasis in this course is on presentational acting techniques, scene analysis, and directing principles. Students engage in intensive scene work from the classical repertory that will include Shakespeare and may include Molière, Wilde, Chekov, Ibsen, the Greeks, or other classical Western and non-Western playwrights. (Prerequisite: Arts Program Drama or permission of the department chair.)

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Advanced Drama: Musical Theatre
(Semester 2)
Classes I & II
This course focuses on developing skills in acting, singing and dancing for musical theatre. The course is team-taught by members of the performing arts and music departments and combines exercises and scene work from contemporary Broadway musical theatre. The course culminates in a public performance by members of the class. (Prerequisite: Arts Program Drama or permission of the department chair.)

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Advanced Drama: Improvisation
(Half Course)
Classes I & II
This course covers the many aspects of improvisation such as quick and thorough thinking on one’s feet; creating believable characters; the use of subtext, concentration, imagination and observation in short and long-form non-scripted scenes; working cooperatively with an ensemble and audience; creating truthful relationships; and the use of the body and voice as communicative instruments. Through participating in class activities, attending two off-campus shows, and performing in public, students will become more spontaneous, trusting and cooperative performers. (Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.)

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Oral Interpretation of Literature
Satisfies Arts Program Requirement
Classes I, II & III
Oral Interpretation introduces students to a dynamic discipline which includes storytelling and comedic performance, as well as spoken word and slam poetry. In a supportive environment with minimal memorization, students develop skills that highlight performance as an important tool in understanding one another and ourselves. It is an ideal course for those eager to achieve greater confidence in oral presentation, regardless of content. The emphasis, above all, is on finding fun and meaningful ways to make literature come to life.

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Spoken Word Poetry
(Half Course)
Classes I, II & III
Students will immerse themselves in the world of spoken word poetry by reading, listening to, and watching the work of accomplished poets, as well as by engaging in the daily practice of writing and performing their own original poems. Through a variety of approaches, students will craft their words and use their voices and bodies to create meaningful group and individual live performances. They will perform their work, as well as the work of others, in the forms of spoken word, slam and hip hop.

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Design for the Theatre
Satisfies Arts Program Requirement
Classes I, II & III
This is an introductory course in scenic and lighting design. Through individual and group projects, students will learn basic drafting techniques, watercolor rendering and scale model construction. In addition, students will complete hands-on projects in stagecraft and design, including faux surfacing, event lighting, plaster molding, mask making, fake food creation and more.

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Advanced Drama: Costume Design
(Half Course)
Classes I & II
This course explores costume design and construction through theoretical and practical projects. Students will learn basic sketching, hand and machine sewing techniques, pattern reading and adaptation, millinery techniques, and costume jewelry making. In addition, through play reading and analysis, as well as historical research, students will develop and present costume plots, individual character costume sketches, and design concepts.

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Hamlet
(Half Course)
Classes I & II
This course is team-taught by a member of the English department and a member of the performing arts department. Please see the full course description in the English section on page 13.

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Project Story: Narrative Journalism and Performance
(Half Course)
Classes I & II
From competitive story slams performed for packed venues to storytelling courses designed to empower workplace professionals, sharing narrative with live audiences has never felt more current or relevant. In this course, students will study the art of storytelling through moving their own and others’ stories from page to stage. During the first semester, students will learn narrative journalism skills, performance skills, and peer workshop practice, to collect and shape stories of our School. They will work collaboratively during the second semester to identify, research, write and perform a story that originates beyond Milton Academy. Throughout the year, students will read and view storytelling models, attend performances, and hear from visiting artists and activists who promote storytelling around the country, believing that shared stories strengthen and sustain human connection. (This course is listed under both the English and performing arts departments.)