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: 11/14/12; 10/01/13

1. Description -
Introduction to advanced ballroom and social dance techniques. Instruction and practice in advanced Swing, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, Rhumba and Tango dances.
Prerequisite: DANC 4B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Social & Cultural Dance family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Perform the basic advanced 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 advanced 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
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Comfortable exercise clothing and proper dance shoes.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Advanced 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Discussion
  2. Cooperative learning exercises
  3. Laboratory
  4. Demonstration
10. Lab Content -
Basic advanced level patterns in:
  1. Swing
  2. Cha-Cha
  3. Waltz
  4. Fox Trot
  5. Rhumba
  6. Tango
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 -
  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 advanced dance patterns
  4. Write critique of a ballroom dance competition
13. Need/Justification -
This course satisfies the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-11-12 10:50:57

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines