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: 3/24/15

1. Description -
Continuation into the advanced fundamentals of ballet technique and training. Includes the advanced vocabulary and practice of barre and center floor exercises.
Prerequisite: DANC 1B.
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 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.
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. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of performance skills through the advanced level
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Term paper
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 advanced classical ballet, Cooperative learning exercises, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. 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
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 satisfies the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-24 11:13:14

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines