Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Kinesiology and Athletics Division
3 hours laboratory.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Foothill GE
 GE Status: Lifelong Understanding

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2008; 11/13/12

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Ballet & Conditioning family of activity courses.

2. 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Dance studio, comfortable exercise clothing and proper ballet shoes.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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
7. Representative Text(s) -
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. 2011

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

10. 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
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the CErtificate of Achievement in Transfer Studies: CSU GE and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-05-08 12:00:34

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines