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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
  1. Demonstrate correct placement and alignment for jazz dance at the beginning level.
  2. Apply basic jazz dance technique, theories, and styles.
  3. Utilize the theory of the body’s relationship to gravity and the center of gravity used in jazz dance at the beginning level.
  4. Perform basic locomotor and axial movements in the center and across the floor at the beginning level.
  5. Practice the basic elements of the dance: space, time, and energy with particular attention to rhythm and syncopation.
  6. Practice isolation movements in syncopated rhythms with all parts of the body at the beginning level.
  7. Practice basic rhythmic analysis and the impact of polyrhythms and syncopation on jazz dance.
  8. Perform jazz dance utilizing technical skills, theories, and styles at the beginning level.

  1. Class Protocol
  1. Concepts
    1. Warm-up
    2. Floor work
    3. Standing and center floor work
    4. Locomotor work
    5. Combination
    6. Cool down
  2. Class decorum          
  1. Warm-Up
  1. Placement and centering
  2. Anatomy and physiology of a proper warm-up
  1. Floor Work
  1. Flexibility techniques
    1. Various types of stretches
    2. Theories of stretching
  2. Basic floor positions
  3. Floor isolations
  4. Upper body designs
  5. Strength concepts
  1. Standing Center Floor Work
  1. Basic placement and centering
  2. Positions of the feet
  3. Positions of the arms
  4. Torso work
  5. Leg and footwork
  6. Axial work
  7. Isolations
  8. Turns
  1. Beginning Locomotor Work
  1. Movements
  2. Combinations
  3. Traveling movements
  4. Aerial (jumping, leaping) movements
  1. Elements
  1. Energy
  2. Space
  3. Time
  1. Developing the Craft
  1. Dynamics
  2. Stage directions
  3. Basic performance skills
  1. Focus
  2. Style

Effective Term:
Spring 2017

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