Group Members: Danni, Erin, Casey

Athlete in Training: Ballet Dancer - I Day Block 2

Essential Investigative Questions and Prompts:

1.) State the task in your own words, and why it is important to you and to others (in your community and the world wide community):
We are making an instructional video on a workout and diet plan for a high school aged ballet dancer. We tend to focus slightly more on females, but we also add modifications for males. This is important in our community so ballet dancers with perhaps less experience can find out information on how to improve themselves all on one convenient video. It's important for us to help our community so we have a feeling of fulfillment and are more aware of other sports and activities that we don't participate in.

2.) State how the task is related to the AoI (and the guiding question):

The AoI we are addressing is Community and Service. We are putting our video up on the world wide web so anyone can watch it. Whether they are a ballet dancer or someone who wants to start taking ballet, they can watch our videos and get information. The people who are not as educated about ballet may just make up their own regimen based on what they think. (Example: Stereotypical ballerinas don't eat anything so they can stay thin and beautiful, so I won't eat.) Our video can help people become more educated and live their dreams of being a ballet dancer, while staying healthy.

3.) Investigate and list available tools and resources and list them here:

We plan on using our middle and high school counselor, who trained a lot as a ballerina, the Le Jardin work-out room, video cameras, previous knowledge of work-outs, and ourselves. We also plan on using the internet to allow us to search for our stretches and strength exercises. We have found many useful sites and videos to help us find appropriate stretches that a ballerina would do.

4.) Write a concise description of the task and your solution (‘Design Brief’) addressing ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’:

We are making this ballet workout video for anyone in the community who is a ballet dancer or wants to become one. We hope that the stretches we find and the diet plan we make can help a struggling person or motivate someone to continue or start ballet. During our PE period, and if needed, time after school, we will film ourselves doing the stretches. We will also explain what muscles we are stretching and any tips. We don't want anyone to try out the workouts and get hurt, rather become inspired! We are lucky enough to have cameras and MAC computers at our disposal which we will use gratefully and efficiently. We hope our video containing ballet stretches, workouts, and diet plans help out anyone, ballerina or not.

5.) Make a list of specifications that your product and presentation MUST have (‘Design Specification’):

PE requirements:

In our video, we must have 12 activities total: 9 workouts and 3 stretches. Each one of us will be responsible for 3 workouts and 1 stretch. We should also have a diet plan, consisting of healthy choices our athlete could eat. We also need a manual copy of our works cited and who contributed what for the project.The descriptions of all the stretches and workouts should be easy to understand.
Our stretches would be the cobra, toe lift and quadriceps stretch. The cobra stretches the abs, upper torso and spine. The toe lift is a calf stretch. It is used for many different sports like soccer, ballet and football. The toe lift also stretches ankle and the calf muscles. The quadriceps stretch stretches, well, the quadriceps. Having all of these muscles stretched before working out will allow for a more relaxed workout without getting as many cramps. Our twelve workouts include the trunk lift and elongated crunch (for the abdominals), the use of the treadmill and bike (for cardio), the leg press and leg lift (for quadriceps, gluteus maximus, calves, and other leg muscles), the bench press and arm pull down (for triceps, biceps, lats, and deltoids) and the balance workout (to improve balance, use triceps, biceps, deltoids, and quads).

Tech requirements:

We need to use a variety of camera angles and techniques. It should be clean and well edited (no awkward pauses). It doesn't have to be professional quality, but needs to be informative and follow our rubrics. The titles should be clear and easy-to-read. The should come in at the proper times and enhance the video, not be the only way to understand it (for example, if we forget to say something lengthy, we cannot simply just type in paragraphs to appear on our screen). Everyone must contribute to the video (editing wise as well as modeling/explaining stretches and filming). We must also list our sources in MLA format and plan out the whole process using our tools such as a script, storyboards, and process journals.

6.) List 4 different sources, and cite them properly (You need at least 4 and they must eventually be in MLA format):

Here are some of our sources. Since we know nothing about ballet, we had to to a lot of websites and people.

1. Roberts-Grey, Gina. "Try the ‘Black Swan’ Ballet Workout to Get a Dancer’s Body |" Women's Health Issues | Women's Health Questions & Answers | Women's Health Articles | Lifescript, 10 Feb. 2011. Web. 11 Sept. 2011. <>.
2. Ballet Workout: Sculpt Lean Legs Fast! Perf. Liz Miersch. Web. 11 Sept. 2011. <>.
3. Bendinghaus, Treva. "Leg Stretch - Leg Stretches for Ballet." About Dance - Learn to Dance - Dance Steps and Tips - Ballet and Jazz Dance. Web. 11 Sept. 2011. <>.

4."The Cobra Stretch." Hit Like A Girl. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <>.

5. De Leon, Aki. "Ballet Information." Letter to Casey Doyle, Erin Voss, and Danni Blacker. 07 Sept. 2011. MS. Kailua, Hawaii.

Summarize how useful and reliable each source was:

4. This article on the cobra stretch was very helpful. It not only specified what areas this pose was stretching, it made sure to point out where to be careful so you don't hurt yourself. It made it easier to explain in words exactly how to perform this stretch.
5. The interview with Ms. De Leon was very helpful. She answered all of our questions and found some helpful websites for us. The sites we found ourselves were helpful too. Sometimes just explaining the stretch was difficult, but our sites had pictures or videos that really helped us.

Describe a set of ‘Tests for Success’ that you will perform on your product to see if your solution was successful (Think of each of the design specs you must meet and how you can test them individually!):

We used a lot of different angles shots with the camera. We used panning and mid-body shot. We also are using cut-away were we can insert other images into our video. We added other facts about ballet dancers like were they can go to practice. We investigated on many different sources and even used a interview/letter with someone to get information that we know is up to date. We worked very thoroughly on our story board draft to make sure we got everything. We plan on showing this video on the Le Jardin Academy website to allow other students who would like to become a ballerina to see a suggested workout and nutrition plan. We plan on showing it to our classmates, to get there point of view of what our video is like. This will allow us to know what other people think about our video. So we know what to change for the next time. We would also up load the video to and get comments on the video. We can ask student who watch it specifically if they noticed that each group member had one stretch and three workouts. We can ask them if they can successfully perform the stretches and workouts after watching the video. We plan on showing it to Ms. De Leon too, because she used to be a ballet dancer. Which will allow for us to know if our video is adequate for a ballet dancer workout.
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