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: 11/27/12; 10/01/13

1. Description -
Continuation into the intermediate Contemporary Dance technique and training. Includes the intermediate vocabulary and practice of barre, center floor exercises and across the floor combinations.
Prerequisite: DANC 13A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Dance Technique family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform the exercises of intermediate contemporary technique including warm up and center floor combinations.
  2. define the traditional vocabulary of steps in the intermediate contemporary class syllabus.
  3. explain the progression and purpose of the specific order of intermediate classroom exercises.
  4. analyze the historical development of contemporary dance.
  5. increase body awareness and confidence.
  6. apply the concepts of proper alignment and placement in all activities.
  7. recognize contemporary dance as both a physical discipline and an artistic expression.
  8. appreciate music as an integral part of the contemporary dance class experience.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Dance Studio and Audio/Sound equipment.
  2. Exercise clothing and appropriate shoes (ballet and/or character shoe).

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Barre exercises
    1. Plie
    2. Tendu
    3. Degage
    4. Ron de jambe a terre
    5. Petit battement
    6. Grand battement
  2. Center Floor exercises
    1. adagio
    2. waltz
    3. petit allegro
    4. grand allegro
  3. Across the Floor
    1. walk
    2. run
    3. jump
    4. turn
    5. leap
  4. Historical analysis of Contemporary Dance
    1. sources and influences of historical periods on contemporary style
    2. transition from highly specialized training to a universal form of exercise
  5. Body Awareness
    1. alignment
    2. placement
    3. strength
    4. flexibility
    5. agility
    6. endurance
    7. coordination
    8. control
    9. grace
  6. Artistic references
    1. reference to contemporary dance companies and performances
    2. sources and styles of musical accompaniment for Contemporary dance class.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of performance skills through the intermediate level
  2. Objective exams
  3. Collaborative learning assignments
  4. Written critique of dance performance
7. Representative Text(s) -
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. 2011.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussions using the language of intermediate contemporary dance.
  2. Cooperative learning exercises.
  3. Laboratory and Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and practice of intermediate Contemporary barre exercises.
  2. Demonstration and practice of intermediate Contemporary across the floor exercises and combinations.
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper body 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 live dance performance, optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.
13. Need/Justification -
This course satisfies the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-11-12 11:00:14

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines