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Effective: Summer 2013
DANC 1CADVANCED BALLET1 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: DANC 1B.
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 -
  • A successful student will be able to define the traditional vocabulary of steps in the advanced ballet class syllabus.
  • A successful student will be able to perform the exercises of advanced ballet technique including barre warm-up and center floor combinations.
Description -
Continuation into the advanced fundamentals of ballet technique and training. Includes the advanced vocabulary and practice of barre and center floor exercises.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform the exercises of advanced ballet technique including barre warm-up and center floor combinations.
  2. define the traditional vocabulary of steps in the advanced ballet class syllabus.
  3. explain the progression and purpose of the specific order of advanced 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. grand rond de jambe en l'aire
    6. frappe
    7. fondu
    8. developpe ballotte
    9. petit battement
    10. penche
    11. grand battement balancoire
    12. grand foette releve en tournant
    13. battu
  2. Center floor exercises
    1. adagio
      1. promenade
      2. temps lie
      3. pas de basque
      4. temps lie sur les pointes
      5. brise
    2. centre
      1. pirouette en dehors
      2. pirouette en dedans
      3. pirouette in arabesque
      4. chaines
      5. chasse
    3. waltz
      1. renverse
      2. fouette
      3. grandes pirouettes
      4. pirouette a la second
      5. pirouette piquee
    4. petit allegro
      1. temps leve
      2. sissonne tombe
      3. echappe
      4. entrechat six
      5. assemble en tournant
    5. grande allegro
      1. grand jete
      2. ballonne
      3. pas de chat
      4. tour jete
      5. cabriole
      6. tour en l'air
      7. grand jete in attitude
      8. fouette rond de jambe en tournant
  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
    7. coordination
    8. control
    9. 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 -
  1. Evaluation of performance skills through the advanced level
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Term paper
Representative Text(s) -
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. 2011.
http://www.abt.org/education/dictionary/index.html

Disciplines -
Dance
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of advanced classical ballet, Cooperative learning exercises, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and practice of advanced ballet barre exercises
  2. Demonstration and practice of advanced ballet center floor exercises
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper body 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.