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Course Syllabus

Course: DANC 1100

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Dance
Title: Ballet I

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course introduces students to the theory and practice of a beginning classical ballet technique. It emphasizes discipline, posture, alignment, balance and muscular control neccessary for the execution of basic ballet barre and center exercises. Movement is presented by means of demonstration, description and exploration. This course is repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 2; Lab: 1

Justification: Ballet technique is the foundation of Western European dance aesthetic and a neccessary component of all successful dance training. The analysis of physical movement and structure along with ballet dance vocabulary and quick assimilation of dance movement develop mental and physical dexterity. Self-observation through the use of recording devices and evaluative writing prompts refine self-knowledge and sharpen critical thinking skills. This course is required for all Dance Majors, and fills an elective credit for physical education at four-year universities.

General Education Outcomes:
5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. Students will learn about the origins of ballet, the people who influenced the development of the art form and about the cultures in which it thrived.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn beginning-level Ballet technique skills and acquire the ability to analyze movement using anatomical principles; acquire the knowledge of the basic history of Ballet and its contribution to the world of dance; know and understand the elements of ballet vocabulary;  

develop critical thinking skills through observation and analysis of personal movement habits; show increased ability in areas of flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination, proprioception and endurance; communicate a deeper appreciation of the Ballet aesthetic through the study of Ballet history and vocabulary.  

These skills will be assessed through classroom discussion, written and practical exams, self-assessment, and weekly teacher evaluation of students' performance in the classroom.  

Each class will consist of three essential components: warm-up, ballet exercises at the barre/center and cooldown. Ballet exercises will emphasize proper alignment, balance, musicality and the use of turn out. In addition to the above, basic anatomy and physiology will be discussed to analyze movement and develop solutions to balance and other dance issues. Finally, through observation and written critiques students will further refine their critical thinking skills and develop a further appreciation of the art of dance.

Key Performance Indicators:
Class conduct: 20-40% of the final grade 

Technical and Artistic process: 20-40% of the final grade  

Midterm Practical: 10-20% of the final grade 

Final Project: 10-20% of the final grade 

Dance Review Paper: 10-20% of the final grade 






Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 25
Optimum Class Size: 15