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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Social & Cultural Dance family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in DANC 4.
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 analyze the historical and cultural development of partnership dancing.
  • A successful student will be able to perform the basic beginning patterns of Swing, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, Rhumba, and Tango.
Description -
Introduction to beginning ballroom and social dance techniques. Instruction and practice in beginning Swing, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, Rhumba and Tango dances.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Perform the basic beginning patterns of Swing, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, Rhumba, and Tango
  2. Analyze the historical and cultural development of partnership dancing
  3. Identify basic music genres appropriate for the specific dances
  4. Explain the traditional etiquette and conduct for ballroom and social dance
  5. Apply his/her acquired beginning dance knowledge and skills in a social or ballroom dance setting
  6. Identify proper body alignment and awareness
  7. Recognize ballroom and social dancing as a fitness activity
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Comfortable exercise clothing and proper dance shoes.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Beginning fundamental Techniques
    1. Patterns
    2. Timing
    3. Partnership
    4. Continuity
    5. Styling
    6. Music theory
  2. Historical analysis of partnership dancing
    1. Sources and influences of historical periods on dance styles
    2. Transition from large group to partnership format
    3. Present day social, competitive, and demonstration dancing
  3. Musical reference
    1. Style
    2. Time signature
    3. Tempo
    4. Rhythm
    5. Character
  4. Kinesthetics
    1. Postural
    2. Body flight
    3. Head position
    4. Alignment
    5. Coordination
  5. Social etiquette
    1. Rules of conduct
    2. Dance etiquette
    3. Floor craft
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Instructor evaluation of performance skills
  2. Demonstration and explanation of selected dances
  3. Practical examination of terminology and concepts of dance movement skills
  4. Regular participation
Representative Text(s) -
Stephenson, Richard M. and Iaccarino, Joseph. The Complete Book of Ballroom Dancing. New York, NY: Random House Inc., 2001.
This is the most recent edition of the text, and is a definitive text in the field.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Discussion
  2. Cooperative learning exercises
  3. Laboratory
  4. Demonstration
Lab Content -
Basic beginning level patterns in:
  1. Swing
  2. Cha-Cha
  3. Waltz
  4. Fox Trot
  5. Rhumba
  6. Tango
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read assigned chapters in text
  2. Write an essay or paper describing select dances
  3. Write an essay or paper defining vocabulary of select beginning dance patterns
  4. Write critique of a ballroom dance competition.