Jan 23, 2022
DNC 219 - Jazz Dance I 2 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 2 lab periods
Introduction and development of movement skills necessary to prepare the body as an instrument of expression in jazz dance styles. Includes class protocol, warm-up, floor work, standing and center floor work, locomotor work, elements, and developing the craft.
Information: May be taken two times for a maximum of four credit hours. If this course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate correct placement and alignment for jazz dance at the beginning level.
- Apply basic jazz dance technique, theories, and styles.
- Utilize the theory of the body’s relationship to gravity and the center of gravity used in jazz dance at the beginning level.
- Perform basic locomotor and axial movements in the center and across the floor at the beginning level.
- Practice the basic elements of the dance: space, time, and energy with particular attention to rhythm and syncopation.
- Practice isolation movements in syncopated rhythms with all parts of the body at the beginning level.
- Practice basic rhythmic analysis and the impact of polyrhythms and syncopation on jazz dance.
- Perform jazz dance utilizing technical skills, theories, and styles at the beginning level.
- Class Protocol
- Floor work
- Standing and center floor work
- Locomotor work
- Cool down
- Class decorum
- Placement and centering
- Anatomy and physiology of a proper warm-up
- Floor Work
- Flexibility techniques
- Various types of stretches
- Theories of stretching
- Basic floor positions
- Floor isolations
- Upper body designs
- Strength concepts
- Standing Center Floor Work
- Basic placement and centering
- Positions of the feet
- Positions of the arms
- Torso work
- Leg and footwork
- Axial work
- Beginning Locomotor Work
- Traveling movements
- Aerial (jumping, leaping) movements
- Developing the Craft
- Stage directions
- Basic performance skills
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