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Course Syllabus

Course: DANC 1720

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

Semester Approved: Fall 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2023
End Semester: Summer 2024

Catalog Description: Stage exhibition, competitive, social, and career aspects of dance are introduced in this technique course. Students will improve posture and overall aesthetics, including lines, body shapes and contra-body movement position. Muscle tone, isolation, stretching and strengthening are core concepts at this stage of dance. Repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 1; Lab: 2
Repeatable: Yes.

Justification: Students who wish to extend their technique for competitions, exhibition or social ballroom dancing need technique courses in order to hone their talent. They need technical work that will challenge them physically, stretch them artistically, and expand their skill set to prepare them for all avenues of ballroom dance. This class is most similar to DANC 3740 Ballroom Dance Choreography and DANC 3750 Studies in Ballroom Dance Styles at UVU.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to display the proper ballroom technique. Students will demonstrate this in class and instructor will evaluate.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of musicality, increased flexibility, strength, mental and physical dexterity, coordination, endurance, performance skills and communicate a deep understanding of dance. Students will demonstrate this through attendance, participation in class, performances, and dance night.

Students will increase knowledge of movement and movement's relationship to meaning. They will demonstrate this through a critical review of a Snow dance performance.

Increase physical fitness: strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination. Through discussion of correct movement principles and how they apply to dance and all types of movement, and by practicing, students will demonstrate improved physical fitness.

Each Ballroom Technique I class will consist of warm-up and practice time, review of the steps or figures previously learned, introduction of new material, practice, and application of the new material, and individual practice and cool-down time.

Anatomy, physiology, vertical and horizontal motion and their influence on the overall aesthetics are discussed. Rhythm and musicality are examined.

Key Performance Indicators:
attendance and participation 40 to 50%

performance examinations 10 to 20%

critical review of dance performance 10 to 30%

Dance night participation 5 to 15%

Pedagogy Statement:
Technique will be demonstrated and explained. Students will emulate and practice.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 24
Optimum Class Size: 12