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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Ballet & Conditioning family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Perform the fundamental exercises of elementary Ballet Technique, demonstrating correct body placement and positions while exhibiting flexibility, coordination and core strength.
  • Identify ballet steps and combinations with correct terminology and analyze musical accompaniment and phrasing.
Description -
Introduction to the elementary fundamentals of classical ballet technique and training. Course includes the basic vocabulary and practice of beginning barre and center floor exercises.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform the fundamental exercises of elementary ballet technique including barre warm-up and center floor combinations.
  2. define the traditional vocabulary of steps in the elementary ballet class syllabus.
  3. identify and explain the progression and purpose of the specific order of classroom exercises.
  4. analyze the historical development of ballet dancing.
  5. increase body awareness and confidence.
  6. apply the concepts of proper alignment and placement in all activities.
  7. recognize ballet as both a physical discipline and an artistic expression.
  8. appreciate classical music as an integral part of the ballet class.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Dance studio, comfortable exercise clothing and proper ballet shoes.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Barre exercises
    1. plie
    2. tendu
    3. degage
    4. rond de jambe a terre
    5. rond de jambe a l'aire
    6. frappe
    7. fondu
    8. developpe
    9. grande battement
  2. Center floor exercises
    1. adagio
    2. centre
    3. waltz
    4. petit allegro
    5. grande allegro
  3. Historical analysis of ballet dancing
    1. sources and influences of historical periods on ballet styles
    2. transition from highly specialized training to a universal form of exercise
  4. Body awareness
    1. alignment
    2. placement
    3. strength
    4. flexibility
    5. agility
    6. endurance coordination
    7. control
    8. grace
  5. Artistic references
    1. reference to contemporary dance companies and performances
    2. sources and styles of musical accompaniment for ballet class
Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. observation of performance skills through the beginning level
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Term papers
Representative Text(s) -
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. 2011

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of classical ballet technique, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Laboratory, Demonstration.

Lab Content -
Lab content may include, but is not limited to the following:
  1. Demonstration and practice of beginning ballet barre exercises
  2. Demonstration and practice of beginning ballet center floor exercises
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper boy awareness and alignment
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Written critique of a live dance performance, optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.