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 Modern Dance technique and training. Course includes the basic vocabulary and practice of beginning Modern center barre and floor exercises.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Dance Technique family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in DANC 2 or H P 32.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform the fundamental exercises of beginning modern dance including center floor combinations.
  2. define the traditional vocabulary of positions and steps in the beginning modern dance class syllabus.
  3. identify and explain the progression exercises of the specific order of individual classroom exercises.
  4. analyze the historical development of modern dance.
  5. increase body awareness and confidence.
  6. recognize modern dance relationship to artistic references.
  7. appreciate classical and contemporary music as an integral part of the dance class.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Dance studio and Audio set-up.
  2. Appropriate exercise/dance attire and shoes.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Center floor exercises
    1. Extensions
    2. Balances
    3. Movement phrases
    4. Small jumps
    5. Big jumps
  2. Steps and positions
    1. Plie
    2. Tendu
    3. Degage
    4. Fall and rebound
    5. Curves of the back
    6. Use of breath
    7. Leg swings
    8. Developpe
    9. Grande battement
  3. Historical analysis of modern dance
    1. Sources and influences of historical periods on the evolution of modern dance
    2. Transition from classical to modern as an accepted form of performance
  4. Body Awareness
    1. Alignment
    2. Placement
    3. Agility
    4. Endurance and coordination
    5. Control
  5. Artistic References
    1. Reference to contemporary dance companies
    2. Sources and styles of musical accompaniment
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Periodic instructor evaluation of performance skills
  2. Demonstration and explanation of selected exercises
  3. Written critique on a live dance performance
  4. Final written test on vocabulary and concepts of beginning modern dance technique
7. Representative Text(s) -
Penrod, James and Janice Gudde. The Dancer Prepares: Modern Dance for Beginners,. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill College. 2008.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of beginning modern dance technique
  2. Cooperative learning exercises.
  3. Laboratory and Demonstration
10. Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and practice of beginning Modern dance exercises floor and center barre.
  2. Demonstration and practice of beginning Modern dance technique across the floor.
  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 satifies the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-11 15:43:42

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines