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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Dance Technique family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in DANC 2.
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 -
  • Create modern dance sequences and express individuality through dance, demonstrating correct body placement and positions while exhibiting flexibility, coordination and core strength
  • Identify modern dance steps and movement phrases with correct terminology and analyze rhythmic patterns.
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.

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.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Dance studio and Audio set-up.
  2. Appropriate exercise/dance attire and shoes.

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
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
Representative Text(s) -
Penrod, James and Janice Gudde. The Dancer Prepares: Modern Dance for Beginners,. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill College. 2008.

Disciplines -
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
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.
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.