The photographs above were taken by UHS dancer, Ches Glidden of UHS dancer,Welcome!
Elizabeth Lindenmeier, in front of the construction at University Street across
from Mc104 dance studio (fall 2008).
University High School
Orchesis Intercity Dance Company
Instructor: Laurie Merriman
to Dance I/Orchesis!
teaching assignment brings me a lot of pleasure as an educator and as an artist! I
feel privileged to bring dance to the high school students of
University High School and surrounding schools. It is always a thrill to work
with the diverse student population of the Orchesis Intercity Dance Company and its'
affiliated technique and
dance theory course. While University High School has had the vision to support the
Fine and Performing Arts within their curriculum, they extend this opportunity to the
community of Bloomington/Normal by offering Dance to students of other high schools.
As a result, the Dance I/Orchesis
class is traditionally
composed of students ranging from freshmen to seniors
from University High School, Bloomington High School, Normal Community High School,
Normal Community West High School, and Central Catholic High School. Students
enrolled in this course are able to apply their credit towards their Physical Education or Fine
Arts requirements. While a large majority of the students enrolled in
had some prior dance training or experience that does not preclude the novice student from
joining the class. Students are assessed each semester on their effort and
continual progress affording most students every opportunity for academic success.
As a "laboratory school" within the Illinois State University system, the University High School dance course utilizes the dance facilities and equipment of the University currently located in McCormick Hall on I.S.U.'s campus. During the winter break this year the dance studio spaces will be transferred to a new home in Centennial East, room 116, to accommodate the renovation and construction project of McCormick Hall. I will provide students with more information as the fall semester progresses.
exposed to a wide variety of events, performances, and opportunities as members of the
University High Laboratory School community.
I/Orchesis students are invited and encouraged to attend Master Classes
and performances sponsored by the Dance Program, housed within the School of
Illinois State University. In addition, as Illinois State University
includes the training of teachers within its' mission, University High
School's Dance I/Orchesis
students are exposed to a variety of
student teachers and student choreographers from the Dance Pedagogy and
Dance Composition courses at Illinois State University as well as others.
This feature brings additional dance experiences to the University High
School students. You can expect student teachers this semester!
Course Grades To Date
About this Site
In this course, students will study and learn the theories and fundamentals of a variety dance forms, choreographic principles of dance, and the cultural and historical relevance of dance. You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of ways - both inside and outside the classroom. It is my hope that you will find this site of great assistance throughout the semester as a supplement to our class and for use outside of the classroom. I will be continually updating information for classroom use on this page and strongly suggest you "check in" on a regular basis. This page serves two important functions for our class...1) to communicate; and 2) to explore the vast use of computer technology in an academic/performing arts environment.
On the left hand column of this page you will find a number of useful links for our class. You are responsible for each of these links. In that technology is what it is...you are responsible for the material associated with these "links". If you have any "techno difficulty" I would expect that you will come and see me during my office hours or problem solve (an under-rated skill) on your own to find a solution to your problem. I will explain this in more detail in class. Go ahead and click away however and get a jump start!
December 16, 2008
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