CTE Performing Arts Pathways
Students in Performing Arts pathways are prepared for careers on and off the stage. Through interdisciplinary project and production-based instruction students learn and refine performance skills. They participate in creative process workshops, technical training, and work collaboratively on designing live performances for the stage. Capstone students explore arts entrepreneurship, management and administration, education, directing and choreographing, and coordinate a large-scale community outreach program.
Professional Theatre at Windsor Middle School
Introduction to Professional Theatre @ WMS
Introduction to Professional Theater provides instruction and training for students interested in stage design, promotion, and production of live theater as a career. This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of theatrical design with hands-on experience in production projects and expose them to careers in the performing arts. Additionally, this course teaches students the professional skills such as resume and portfolio creation as well as interview skills. Students will learn the basics of set design/construction, lighting/sound, costuming and makeup, house and backstage operations under the direction of industry professionals and CTE credentialed teachers.
Dance/Choreography at Windsor High School
Introduction to Dance Arts
Introduction to Dance Arts is an in depth exploration of dance theory, dance history, basic technique, and the choreographic process with an emphasis on Physical Education and Careers in Performing Arts. This course is designed to aid in the transition to a level-one/two class in any dance discipline. Students will do basic career exploration, take classes from industry professionals, and start to build a professional website. They will engage in daily warm up routines that include isometric conditioning, strength training, cardiovascular (both aerobic and anaerobic) exercises, dance technique, breathing technique, stretching and flexibility training, acrobatics and balance exercises to build muscle memory and reinforce proper alignment. Choreographed routines are practiced for six week grading periods by the students to help in movement retention and build confidence.
Intermediate Dance Arts
This concentrator-level course is designed for students who have already taken Introduction to Professional Dance and/or have prior dance experience. It is designed to be taken concurrently with intensive intermediate cross-genre technique training. The course emphasizes specialized skill development for the following career strands in the Performing Arts, Dance Sub-Pathway: Performing Artist, Teaching Artist, Arts Entrepreneur.
Students will investigate various professions in the dance and performance industries, including an exploration of commercial dance, dance for the stage, and the intersection between performing arts, arts education and arts management. Under the advisement of industry professionals, students will explore ideas, themes, and concepts related to dance composition. Students in this course will develop observation, discussion, and writing skills relevant to interpretation and evaluation of choreography, lesson planning and portfolio development.
Advanced Dance Arts
This capstone level course is designed to be taken concurrently with intensive cross-genre technique training at the advanced level.
Course content will provide specialized skills development in the Performing Arts Pathway, Professional Dance/Choreography Sub-Pathway. The focus of this course is Performance and Choreography, Teaching, and Arts Entrepreneurship. Ideas, themes, and concepts related to this course are explored under the advisement of industry professionals. Students in this course will refine observation, discussion, and writing skills relevant to interpretation and evaluation of choreography, lesson planning and portfolio development.
Honors Dance Arts
This Honors Dance Arts course is designed to supplement Intermediate and Advanced Dance Arts. It has more academic, lecture, and research components which will be taught primarily online in a blended learning course environment. Students will develop a highly academic understanding of dance arts and related careers through Intermediate/Advanced Dance, and can enroll in Honors Dance for a more rigorous academic experience. The honors units in this course supplement what is happening during class time in Intermediate/Advanced Dance Arts and will be completed in a Learning Management System.
Professional Theater at Windsor High School
Professional Theater I
This training course builds on middle school elective Introduction to Professional Theatre and develops skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a professional career in Theatre Arts, as well as providing knowledge and practical experience for careers in the Performing Arts Pathway. Students will study a range of professional models from Broadway to regional theatre to identify established practices and basic competencies required to create live stage productions. Representative topics include: career research; basic theatre skills, including movement, voice, and concentration; scene study skills; directorial techniques (blocking and rehearsal techniques); entry-level musical Theatre techniques in dancing and singing; Basic lighting and sound design, set design, costume design, and front of house management.
Professional Theatre II
This Professional Theatre II course is the capstone course for the Windsor High School Professional Theatre Pathway. It is an integrated AME Theatre Arts course. The Professional Theatre II course uses Work Based Learning as an instructional strategy and provides students with authentic career preparatory experiences. It is CTE, VAPA and Common Core Standards aligned. Students will work with industry professionals and CTE teachers to gain hands-on experience in the areas of performance, technical theater, marketing, stage management, and front of house management.