|1. Description - |
|This course is designed to develop the student's ability to integrate expressive body movement in a creative dance form. Fundamental modern dance locomotor and axial movement are presented and practiced in class.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- perform the fundamental exercises of beginning modern dance including center floor combinations.
- define the traditional vocabulary of positions and steps in the beginning modern dance class syllabus.
- identify and explain the progression exercises of the specific order of individual classroom exercises.
- analyze the historical development of modern dance.
- increase body awareness and confidence.
- recognize modern dance relationship to artistic references.
- appreciate classical and contemporary music as an integral part of the dance class.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Dance studio. Proper dance attire. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Center floor exercises
- Movement phrases
- Small jumps
- Big jumps
- Steps and positions
- Fall and rebound
- Curves of the back
- Use of breath
- Leg swings
- Grande battement
- Historical analysis of modern dance
- Sources and influences of historical periods on the evolution of modern dance
- Transition from classical to modern as an accepted form of performance
- Body Awareness
- Endurance and coordination
- Artistic References
- Reference to contemporary dance companies
- Sources and styles of musical accompaniment
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Periodic instructor evaluation of performance skills
- Demonstration and explanation of selected exercises
- Written critique on a live dance performance
- Final written test on vocabulary and concepts of beginning modern dance technique
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|8. Disciplines - |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
|Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Laboratory, Demonstration |
|10. Lab Content - |
|This is a P.E. activity course. All lab content is covered under course content. |
|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 - No content|
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course meets the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning. |