Trollwood Academy

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TROLLWOOD ACADEMY

During June, students ages 14 through 2019 graduated senior may determine their daily schedule of performing and production arts study for as little as 90 minutes a day (one class), up to a full day of 4 classes.

Students may also design their own individualized program of performing and production arts study. Whatever your area of interest or level of expertise, Trollwood has a class just for you! With nearly 40 beginning to advanced classes to select from, students can expand their horizons by trying something new in a beginner’s course or challenge themselves with an advanced class. Taught by professionals from down the street and around the nation, these classes offer opportunities to explore all areas of the performing and production arts.

Dates: June 5-27

Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School

Orientation: June 5, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Marcil Commons at Trollwood.

Registration Deadline: May 17th. Registration remains open after this deadline. However, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

Fees: See Program Fees page here

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REGISTRATION

Students benefit most when they experience a variety of arts disciplines. While some may be tempted to focus their class schedule only in a specific discipline, it is best to acquire a diverse arts background to become well-rounded performers and/or technicians. A broad versus narrow range of training may also be advantageous when applying to secondary education, art, and performance institutions.

For example, to be a proficient dancer, one should know not only how to execute the technique of the dance, but also be able to project the dramatic significance of it (acting classes), understand the rhythms and sounds (vocal and music classes), and be sensitive to the stage setting, lights, etc. (tech theatre classes).

A broad understanding of performing and production arts can help artists realize their full creative goals. For this reason, we encourage students to enroll in a variety of performing and production arts classes.

CLASS PLACEMENT VERIFICATION

In order for students to learn as much as possible in their classes at Trollwood, instructors will assess the skill level of each participant. Teachers may make recommendations during the first day of class that could include suggesting another class level or option that would better meet the student’s needs.

Register: Click here to view and download the 2019 Registration Form.

TROLLWOOD ACADEMY CLASS SCHEDULE

KEY
* Geared for ages 11-15, however all ages welcome to register
■ Geared for ages 14–2019 graduated seniors
Please note:  Mainstage Musical cast members must sign up for at least one period as part of their cast participation.

PERIOD 1 (8:50–10:20 AM)
Dance for Music Videos/Film*
Stage Makeup Basics*
Intro to Filmmaking*
Beginning Acting*
Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic*
Intermediate/Advanced Hip-Hop Dance■
Pitch Perfect –Jazz to Pop A Cappella Group■
Advanced Improv■
Stage Combat■
Intermediate Acting – Contemporary Monologues and Scenes■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Costuming■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic (Build M, W/Paint T, R/Props F)■

PERIOD 2 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM)
Tap Dance*
Show Choir*
Film Studies*
Improv Basics*
Sketch Comedy■
Voice Acting & Stage Movement■
Dance Improv & Choreography■
Jazz Ensemble – Vocal & Instrumental■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Lighting/Sound (Lighting M,W,F/Sound T, R)■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic (Build M, W/Paint T, R/Props F)■

PERIOD 3 (1:00–2:30 PM)
Hip-Hop Dance*
Show Choir*
Beginning Sketch Comedy*
Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic*
Broadway Dance■
Photography■
Intermediate Improv■
Songwriting and Recording■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Lighting/Sound (Lighting M,W,F/Sound T, R)■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic (Build M, W/Paint T, R/Props F)■

PERIOD 4 (2:40-4:10 PM)
Beginning Broadway Dance*
Musical Theatre Vocal Technique*
Improv Basics*
Beginning Acting*
Int/Adv Tap■
Scene into Song – Int/Adv Broadway Voice■
On-Camera Acting & Auditioning■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Costuming■
Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience – Hair/Makeup■

Note: We also offer Technical Theatre – Independent Study which consists of a flexible schedule to be arranged with each instructor between June 5 – July 11.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Placement Verification: In order for students to learn as much as possible in their classes at Trollwood, instructors will assess the skill level of each participant. Teachers may make recommendations during the first day of class that could include suggesting another class option that would better meet the student’s needs.

Dance Footwear:  Proper footwear must be worn during ALL dance classes to ensure maximum safety and the highest quality of performance. Proper footwear includes jazz shoes for jazz/modern and tap shoes for tap. Sandals, flip flops and some types of tennis shoes are not adequate footwear for dance classes. In the event that financial barriers preclude the purchase of appropriate dance shoes, please contact Trollwood for assistance.

Trollwood Performing Arts School & Red River Dance & Performing Company are proud to team up once again this summer to offer a wide range of dance opportunities.

As a non-profit corporation, Red River Dance & Performing Company strives to collaborate with other non-profits to further educate and promote the art of dance. Haylee Thompson, Red River Dance & Performing Company Program Director, is excited to have Red River Dance teachers join with instructors coming to Trollwood from outside the Fargo-Moorhead area to help create a haven for those that want a challenge in dance and those that are just learning.

The mission of Red River Dance & Performing Company is to promote and support the art of dance through professional and creative instruction, choreography and performance. Red River Dance & Performing Company strives to provide a safe and fun learning environment that stimulates students to achieve their personal best. At Red River Dance & Performing Company not only will you find quality dance instruction but also a deeper passion and appreciation for the Arts.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Beginning Broadway Dance (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite:
 Prior dance experience recommended
Beginning Broadway Dance introduces students to the world of musical theatre dance. Students learn and perform basic concepts of musical theatre choreography, audition prep skills, and standard dance technique. Great for those wanting to try something new!

Broadway Dance (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:
 Prior dance experience recommended
Each week, students learn and perform new choreography from selected Broadway musicals. The class focuses on learning various musical theatre dance styles, increasing expressiveness and improving dance memory. Great for those wanting to hone their dance audition skills!

Dance for Music Video/Film (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
Movies and movement collide! Hone your dance skills while learning techniques for performing in music videos and on film. Work with the Intro to Filmmaking students to create movement specifically designed to be captured on camera.

Dance Improv & Choreography (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Prior dance experience in Contemporary, Jazz, or Modern
An intermediate class that focuses on becoming more expressive in one’s movements. The class will explore dance improvisation games, compositional exercises and dance technique.

Hip-Hop Dance (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
A class that focuses on the basics of Hip-Hop. The class guides students to find confidence in self-expression through contemporary Hip-Hop moves. The class teaches fundamental exercises to build groundedness and quick shifts of weight to use during dance sequences.

Intermediate/Advanced Hip-Hop Dance (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Previous Hip-Hop dance experience
Learn more advanced technique and choreography, building on the movements taught in the Beginner class. Continue to increase your confidence in self-expression through contemporary Hip-Hop moves.

Intermediate/Advanced Tap (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
None
A class that focuses on more advanced levels of tap dancing. The course continues to build skills and confidence in tap steps, foot patterns and tap improvisation. For the more experienced tapper, the class will build upon the fundamentals, focusing on increased levels of difficulty and cleaner sound.

Tap  (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
A class that focuses on the fundamentals of tap dancing. The course builds skills and confidence in basic tap steps, foot patterns and tap improvisation.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Safety Practices:
All technical theatre study work is carried out using strict safety practices. Therefore, students must complete safety instruction on the care and use of all hand and power tools, equipment, and materials prior to being allowed to use them. Students will be expected to use hand tools, power tools and machines, electrical equipment, computers, paint, chemicals, foam, and other construction materials appropriate to the area of study as part of their coursework.

Any student who abuses or misuses any Trollwood tools, equipment, or materials will not be allowed further access to the item, which may affect their ability to complete required coursework and thus may result in a failing grade. This may affect the student’s high school transcript where applicable. Students are required to wear safety gear (protective eye wear, ear protection, etc.) and follow safe operating procedures for all tools, equipment and materials used at Trollwood.

Footwear:
Proper footwear must be worn during all technical theatre classes and work or construction sessions to ensure maximum safety for participants. Proper footwear consists of closed toe and covered heel shoes, and may include athletic shoes, boots, loafers or street shoes. Proper footwear should form to the foot and not be “loose,” nor allow for movement of the foot inside the shoe. Sandals, flip flops, open-backed, and some slip-on shoes are not adequate footwear for technical theatre classes and work sessions.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Stage Makeup Basics (Geared for ages 11–15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite:
 None
Join us for this fun, hands-on class to learn about the basics of makeup design and how to apply stage makeup. Some of the creative projects will include how to apply corrective makeup, old–age makeup, fantasy makeup and more!

Note:  It is required that each student has their own personal makeup kit.  Returning students will be allowed to use thier kits from last year.  Complete kits will be available for purchase from Trollwood on the 2019 Registration form for $60.  If financial barriers preclude the kit purchase, please contact Trollwood for assistance.

Tech Theatre Experience – Scenic (Geared for ages 11–15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite:
 None
Get hands on experience in technical theatre!  Learn how to create basic scenic elements for the stage.  As a performer, this course will give you the opportunity to better understand these elements of the theatre and grasp the concept of teamwork as the backbone of any successful theatrical production. Class participants will receive training and guidance from a skilled instructor.

Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience (Geared for ages 14-2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:
 Previous tech experience
Learn from and work with our Mainstage Musical staff of theatre professionals in all the areas of technical theatre needed to produce this year’s show, Disney’s Freaky Friday.  Choose one or more periods of your area of interest from Scenic (Set building, Paint, Props), Lighting/Sound, Costuming, and Hair/Makeup and become a part of the Mainstage Musical team!

Technical Theatre – Independent Study (Geared for ages 14-2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: Previous tech experience
Students work side by side with our staff of theatre professionals in all the areas of technical theatre needed to mount the show. Choose your area of interest from Scenic/Set Building, Painting, Props, Lighting, Sound, Costuming, Hair/Makeup and become a part of the team!  Schedules will be determined on an individual basis with the supervisor of your chosen area.

Mainstage Musical Cast Class/Tech Requirment (for Mainstage Musical cast members)
Mainstage Musical cast members are required to sign up for one Trollwood Academy class or Trollwood Conservatory session as part of their cast participation.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Placement Verification: In order for students to learn as much as possible in their classes at Trollwood, instructors will assess the skill level of each participant. Teachers may make recommendations during the first day of class that could include suggesting another class option that would better meet the student’s needs.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Advanced Improv (Geared to ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Previous improvisation experience
Building on the principles introduced and mastered Intermediate Improv, Advanced Improv will concentrate on continued character development and long form improvisation.

Beginning Acting (Geared for ages 11–15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
Unlock your creativity and engage your imagination through theatre. Using games and scene work, learn how to create characters, use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools, and explore the dramatic text. Have fun and connect with peers while developing self-confidence.

Beginning Sketch Comedy (Geared for ages 11–15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
 None
If you enjoy classic comedy, witty satire, or just a good joke, sketch comedy would be great fun for you. Learn how to develop a formula for jokes and scene structure while collaborating with a team. Write and rehearse your ideas and watch your comedy come to life! We’ll cover the basics to get you started, help you develop your ideas, and teach you what you need to complete your sketch and have your audience rolling in the aisles! Class members will perform original sketches at Sun Celebration.

Improv Basics (Geared for ages 11–15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
Students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation: how to accept and not block offers, how to work intuitively rather than intellectually, how to rely on storytelling rather than jokes, understand status work, and the basics of scene building—character, physicalization, careful listening, the importance of opposites, building trust, high stakes, environment, and creating a “beginning-middle-end.” Short form skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.

Intermediate Acting – Contemporary Monologues & Scenes (Geared to ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Previous acting experience
This course provides further study of character development for the intermediate actor. The class focuses on solidifying technique, deepening internal connection and strengthening text analysis skills. Scenes are drawn from contemporary theatre and will be presented at the Sun Celebration showcase.

Intermediate Improv (Geared to ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Previous acting or improvisation experience
Improvisers will begin to experiment with longer, more complicated handles (games with particular structures and rules) leading to long form improvisation.  Students will begin to enhance relationships, status, and plot and perform longer open scenes.

On-Camera Acting & Auditioning (Geared to ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Previous acting experience
Gain acting skills and confidence in front of a camera, whether for film, television or broadcast. This class gives actors the chance to learn and practice screen acting techniques in a safe and supportive environment. All actors will get the experience of working in front of a camera, as well as learn tips such as how to “hit your mark”, pace your performance, work within the framing of close-ups or wides and more. Students will get the opportunity to act in the Filmmaking Conservatory short films as a part of their final project. Lights. Camera. Action!

Sketch Comedy (Geared to ages 14-2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:  
None
If you enjoy classic comedy, witty satire, or just a good joke, sketch comedy would be great fun for you. Learn how to develop a formula for jokes and scene structure while collaborating with a team. Write and rehearse your ideas and watch your comedy come to life! We’ll cover the basics to get you started, help you develop your ideas, and teach you what you need to complete your sketch and have your audience rolling in the aisles! Class members will perform original sketches at Sun Celebration.

Stage Combat (Geared to ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
None
What is it about a thrilling action sequence in a play or movie? It can get your heart racing and make you jump in your seat.  Here is where you will learn to create thrilling action!  We will be building on the basic techniques and skills learned in stage combat to create exciting scenes. We plan to work with more athletic elements of stunting, including falls, jumps, and tumbles. All of this while keeping the primary elements of stage combat in the forefront: safety and entertaining the audience. We will create and polish one or more scenes as our final project(s).
NOTE: Appropriate clothing and supportive/athletic footwear required.

Voice Acting & Stage Movement (Geared to ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: 
Previous acting experience
Do you feel “wooden” or awkward onstage? Do you have a hard time projecting and articulating your lines? Do you feel like your voice and movements aren’t expressing your full range of emotion? Then this class is for you! Learn how to release inhibitions and integrate movement, sound, and emotion into your performance. Learn how to increase your stage presence with greater movement and voice freedom and more honest emotion.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Placement Verification: In order for students to learn as much as possible in their classes at Trollwood, instructors will assess the skill level of each participant. Teachers may make recommendations during the first day of class that could include suggesting another class option that would better meet the student’s needs.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Jazz Ensemble – Vocal and Instrumental (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:  Intermediate level on instrument or voice
Join us in this new performance class!  Learn about the styles and improvisational techniques that make Jazz so unique and exciting!  For instrumentalists and vocalists – sign up now, limited spots available.
Note:  This class limited to 2 of each instrument – guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and voice

Musical Theatre Vocal Technique (Geared toward ages 11–15; however all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite:
 None
This class provides essential training for the young vocalist while singing songs from your favorite Broadway shows! You will learn all the basics of singing, such as proper breathing for singing, how to support the voice, proper diction and vowel formation, extending your range, and finding the ideal resonance. You will learn how to sing for an audience, including correct posture, interpretation, and how to work with an accompanist through the use of solos and group numbers. Daily sessions include physical and vocal warm-ups, group work on vocal techniques, and individual coaching on solo pieces.

Pitch Perfect – Jazz to Pop A Cappella Group (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:
 Previous vocal technique training or private lessons.
Learn the basics of A Cappella vocal music, covering such areas as harmony, rhythm, dynamics, listening skills, and song structure.  Also increase your performance skills, musicality, self-confidence, stage presence, and the ability to work as part of a group; all while working on a wide range of music from Jazz to Pop. The class will culminate with a live performance at Sun Celebration

Scene into Song – Intermediate/Advanced Broadway Voice (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:
 Previous vocal technique training or at least one year of private voice lessons.
This class is designed for the more experienced singer. Students should be ready to work on repertoire from standard and contemporary musical theatre starting with a scene and moving into the song. Emphasis will be placed on refining your vocal technique skills while acting the song through the development of proper breath technique, voice support and control, body posture and alignment, increasing vocal strength and stamina, extension of vocal range, placement, resonance, pitch, diction and musical style.

Show Choir (Geared for ages 11–15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
Come be a part of our show choir designed for middle school students and perform music from genres such as pop, rock and Broadway. Additionally, each song will feature choreography and staging. This is a great way to showcase your singing and dancing talents while working with others to create an ensemble performance for Sun Celebration.

Songwriting & Recording (Geared for ages 14 to 2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite: None
Do you want to be able to express yourself through music? Come learn the basics of songwriting and studio recording so that you can share your own voice with the world! We will examine song structure, melody, lyrics, and chord progressions. Work alone or collaborate with others to write original music.  This class also provides the basics of studio recording for singers, songwriters, and musicians. We will examine recording techniques, mixing concepts, equipment, and introduce common industry terminology.  After this course you will have an understanding of the tools and basic knowledge necessary in order to dive into music recording. You can expect to learn a great deal about music while discovering your artistic voice!

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Intro to Filmmaking (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite:
 None
Learn the basics of how to operate camera equipment, set up shots and piece it all together using user-friendly computer editing software, all in a fun and positive environment. Walk away with your own 2-5 minute movie!  Quiet on the set, please, we’re ready to roll camera!

Film Studies (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to register)
Prerequisite: 
None
Love watching movies? Want to better understand what makes them so incredible? This class will screen and analyze clips from popular movies, breaking down storytelling secrets such as the importance of setting, how camera movement underlines a scene, how to disguise exposition, how costuming, lighting and even the actors’ blocking all help to establish a tone–and much, much more! From classics to contemporary films, we will explore every genre to find out why we all love going to the movies so much!

Photography (Geared for ages 14-2019 graduated senior)
Prerequisite:  None
This course covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other photographic equipment. Learn how to combine composition, space, exposure, light and color to create the perfect shot!

TROLLWOOD ACADEMY (9-12)

Trollwood Academy exposes high school students to the performing arts in several curricular areas.  The applicable standards and benchmarks for this program are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks will be addressed in each four week session, but a significant number of them will be represented.

MUSIC

Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

9-12.1.1. Sing with expression and technical accuracy.
9-12.1.2. Sing music written in four or more parts, with and without accompaniment.
9-12.1.3. Sing in small ensembles with one student per part.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

*This standard is not applicable in Trollwood Academy.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

9-12.3.1. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonizing parts.
9-12.3.2. Improvise rhythmic and melodic variations.
9-12.3.3. Improvise original melodies over given chord progressions.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

9-12.4.1. Compose music in several distinct styles.
9-12.4.2. Arrange pieces for voices or instruments other than those for which the pieces were written in ways that preserve or enhance the expressive effect of the music.

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

9-12.5.1. Know how to read a score of up to four staves.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

9-12.6.1. Know the uses of the elements of music in the analysis of compositions representing diverse genres and cultures.
9-12.6.2. Understand technical vocabulary of music.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

9-12.7.1. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations.
9-12.7.2. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic qualities.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

9-12.8.1. Know how artistic elements and processes are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts.
9-12.8.2. Understand the ways in which the principles and concepts of various disciplines outside the arts are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

9-12.9.1. Know representative examples of music from a variety of cultures and historical periods.
9-12.9.2. Know sources of American music, the evolution of these genres, and musicians associated with them.
9-12.9.3. Know various roles that musicians perform and representative individuals who have functioned in each role.

DRAMA

Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.

9-12.1.1. Know elements of dramatic literature.
9-12.1.2. Know and describe the elements of scripting.
9-12.1.3. Understand the impact of choice of medium.

Standard 2: Acting
Students use fundamental acting skills.

9-12.2.1.Understand the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters found in dramatic texts from various genres and media.
9-12.2.2. Know various classical and contemporary acting techniques and methods.
9-12.2.3. Know how characters as an ensemble communicate with audiences.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

9-12.3.1. Use technical elements to design a production plan for a scene or play.
9-12.3.2. Perform publicly and house management duties.
9-12.3.3. Manage a technical element of a scene or play.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students understand drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

9-12.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence the theatre.
9-12.4.2. Know characteristics of dramatic genres from a variety of cultures.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

9-12.5.1. Understand the relationship between production elements and the director’s interpretation of the playwright’s script.
9-12.5.2. Understand the relationship of background research for a production to the audience’s comprehension and enjoyment of the production.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

9-12.6.1. Use Understand how drama influences the development of creative thinking skills, critical thinking skills, and social skills throughout one’s life.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how elements of drama are used in similar and distinctive ways in various arts.
9-12.7.2. Know the ways in which drama influences other disciplines.
9-12.7.3. Know the ways in which other disciplines influence drama.

DANCE

Standard 1: Movement Elements
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

9-12.1.1. Use appropriate technique in dance.
9-12.1.2. Know complex steps and patterns from various dance styles and traditions.
9-12.1.3. Understand the importance of using various complex time elements.
9-12.1.4. Understand the principles governing combinations and variations in a broad dynamic range.
9-12.1.5. Understand why it is important to project in dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

9-12.2.1. Understand the importance of structures and forms of movement.
9-12.2.2. Understand the use of improvisation to generate movement.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

9-12.3.1. Understand how movement choices are used to relate abstract ideas and themes in dance.
9-12.3.2. Understand how interpretation of dance can be influenced by personal experience.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

9-12.4.1. Establish a set of aesthetic criteria for evaluation.
9-12.4.2. Formulate and answer aesthetic questions.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

9-12.5.1. Know the similarities and differences among various contemporary theatrical forms of dance.
9-12.5.2. Know dance pioneers as an index to the artistic and social values of civilization.
9-12.5.3. Understand how dance and dancers are portrayed in contemporary media.
9-12.5.4. Know the traditions and techniques of classical dance forms.

Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.

9-12.6.1. Know how lifestyle choices affect dancers.
9-12.6.2. Understand the significance of historical and cultural images of the body in dance.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between dance and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how dance is similar to and different from other disciplines.
9-12.7.2. Know how technology can be used to reinforce, enhance, or alter dances.

VISUAL ARTS

Standard 1: Media, Techniques, and Processes
Students understand and apply media, techniques, and processes.

9-12.1.1. Use visual art media, techniques, and processes to accomplish a purpose in their own works of art.
9-12.1.2. Understand how to create works of visual art that communicate an idea in one or more visual art media.
9-12.1.3. Use visual art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

Standard 2: Structure and Function
Students understand how works of art are structured and how visual art has a variety of functions.

9-12.2.1. Understand how the visual art structures and functions are used to accomplish personal, commercial, societal, or other art intentions.
9-12.2.2. Analyze and understand visual art organizational structures and what makes them effective or ineffective in the communication of ideas.

Standard 3: Subject Matter, Themes, Symbols, and Ideas in Visual Art
Students know a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.

9-12.3.1. Understand how to interpret, integrate, and apply subjects, themes, symbols, and ideas in works of art.

Standard 4: Visual Art, History, and Culture
Students understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture.

9-12.4.1. Understand works of art among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics, functions, and purposes of visual art.
9-12.4.2. Understand relationships among works of art in terms of history, aesthetics, and cultures.

Standard 5: Merits of Visual Art
Students understand the characteristics and merit of one’s own works of art and the visual artwork of others.

9-12.5.1. Understand various intentions of those creating works of art.
9-12.5.2. Understand how works of art are created and their relationships to historical and cultural contexts.
9-12.5.3. Understand how one’s own work of art has purpose and meaning.

Standard 6: Connections
Students make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines.

9-12.6.1. Understand and compare the similarities between the visual arts and the other arts disciplines (performing arts, literature, practical arts) that show common themes, historical periods, and cultural context.
9-12.6.2. Understand and compare the relationship between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

DAN GLASER

Intro to Film & Film Studies Instructor

Dan Glaser is a Trollwood alumni who currently works in Los Angeles, CA as an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and novelist. His past film directing credits include the crime thriller Pinching Penny and the adventure dramedy Oxenfree, which earned multiple awards on the film festival circuit. His debut novel A Fistful of Nothing was published in 2014, and he is currently drafting a follow-up novel, A Lungful of Glass. His recent film project Valley of Bones was released in theaters nationwide in 2017 and he currently has several projects in development. Glaser spent 5 summers as a student taking classes and performing in the Mainstage. This marks Glaser’s 7th summer teaching the filmmaking courses at Trollwood and he’s thrilled as always to return!

KEVIN KENNEDY

Improv Instructor

I have been teaching drama at Fargo South High School the past six years. In addition to directing a musical, play, and a one-act play, I am also the coach for the school improv troupe, Donkey Hotey’s. Between shows, classes, and improv, students have the opportunity to perform over 30 times a year. This is my 6th year teaching improv at Trollwood. This year, I will be writing and directing The Trollwood Players show, Timepieces, at Fargo South in July and August.