Dance I-IV Course Syllabus

Dance I-IV

Course Syllabus

Heather Sponsel Dance Instructor/Sidekicks Drill Team Director


Overview: This course includes the study of six major styles of dance: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Drill Team. This is a two semester course in which the student will learn the basic fundamentals of each style of dance.

Required Attire:

  • Jazz pants, yoga pants or shorts (no jean shorts) are necessary. No pajama pants or other baggy pants. 
  • Fitted top that is school appropriate (any color) *** NO MIDRIFF TOPS ALLOWED! Tops must fully cover the chest area and must not be see through. 
  • Ladies, please wear a sports bra to class.
  • No undergarments showing
  • If possible, please wear jazz shoes. Example:

If not, bare feet are acceptable. For safety reasons, please do not dance in your socks. Tennis shoes are acceptable for Hip-Hop.

Grading Policy:
Participation 40%
Tests 60%

Participation consists of the student dressing out for class and dancing each day. Doing both will earn the student a score of 100% for that day. Students who do not dress out in the required attire will still be expected to participate and will earn a score of 70% for that day. Refusal to participate will result in a score of 0% for that day.

Students who are sick or injured must have their parent email me to inform me of the students case (prior to class). My contact information is:

A note from the school nurse will also be more than sufficient when a student is feeling ill. Students who are sick or injured will be given an alternate written assignment to complete during class. Failure to complete the assignment will result in a score of 0%.

Any student, who becomes unable to dance due to injury or any other circumstances, for a long period of time (more than 3 days), will be required to complete a research assignment assigned by the teacher. A due date for the research paper will be assigned and will fall under the school late work policy.

Late Work Policy: I follow district policy. Please view the district late work policy.

Class Performance: Students will be asked to perform in front of their peers each six weeks, as part of their exams. All students must present their final exam (choreography projects) to the class at the end of the school year.

Classroom Procedures:

  • Be dressed in the required dance attire
  • Be on the floor in your roll call lines 5 minutes following the tardy bell.
  • Do not bring any food or drink into the dance studio.
  • Do not bring make-up or hair products into the dance studio.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Be respectful to the dance instructor and to your peers.
  • Respect others property.

No students will be allowed into the dance locker room during class times. NO EXCEPTIONS! Please do not leave anything in your locker that you will need throughout the day.

A great attitude is the key to success!


  • 1st offense: Warning
  • 2nd offense: Contact parent
  • 3rd offense: Referral to Assistant Principal

Tardy Policy: I will be following district policy.

Tutorials:  During THURSDAY iNvest

Parent Conference: An appointment is required for all parent conferences. 


If you choose to receive an assigned locker, you MUST purchase your own lock to secure the locker during class. DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING UNLOCKED OR UNATTENDED IN THE LOCKER ROOM. If you leave your belongings unlocked, then please understand that there is the strongpossibility that you will have something stolen. It is the student’s responsibility to lock up their belongings.