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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: DANC 2A.
Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Dance Technique 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 -
  • Identify intermediate steps and technique with correct terminology and analyze musical phrasing.
  • Perform the intermediate exercises of Modern dance demonstrating proper body alignment while exhibiting core strength, flexibility, and coordination.
Description -
Continuation into the intermediate fundamentals of Modern technique and training. Includes the intermediate vocabulary and practice of center floor and across the floor exercises.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform the exercises of intermediate Modern Technique including center floor warm-up and across the floor combinations.
  2. define the traditional vocabulary of steps in the intermediate Modern syllabus.
  3. explain the progression and purpose of the specific order of intermediate classroom exercises.
  4. analyze the historical development of Modern Dance.
  5. increase body awareness and confidence.
  6. apply the concepts of proper alignment and placement in all activities.
  7. recognize Modern Dance as both a physical discipline and an artistic expression.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Dance Studio, comfortable exercise clothing and appropriate Modern dance shoes.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Center floor barre exercises
    1. Alignment
    2. Placement
    3. Strength
    4. Flexibility
    5. Agility
    6. Endurance
    7. Balance
    8. Coordination
    9. Control
  2. Across the floor
    1. Walk
    2. Run
    3. Jump
    4. Hop
    5. Skip
    6. Leap
    7. Turn
    8. Grand Jete
    9. Pas de chat
    10. Tour jete
    11. Pirouette
    12. Tour
    13. Sissonne tombe
    14. Chaine
  3. Historical analysis of Modern Dance
    1. sources and influences of historical periods on Modern Dance styles
    2. transition from highly specialized training to a universal form of exercise
  4. Artistic References
    1. reference to contemporary dance companies and performances
    2. sources and styles of accompaniment for Modern Dance
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of performance skills through the Intermediate level
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Critique of live dance performance
Representative Text(s) -
Penrod, James and Janice Gudde. The Dancer Prepares: Modern Dance for Beginners, Fifth Edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2008.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussions using the terminology and language of Intermediate Modern Dance.
  2. Cooperative learning exercises.
  3. Laboratory and Demonstration.
Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and practice of Intermediate Modern across the floor exercises.
  2. Demonstration and practice of Intermediate Modern 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.