SRJC Course Outlines

6/14/2024 12:57:16 PMDANCE 13.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2007

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 13.1Title:  JAZZ DANCE I  
Full Title:  Jazz Dance I
Last Reviewed:12/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.003 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PE 30.1A

Catalog Description:
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This course for beginning dancers covers fundamentals of jazz dance in the areas of technique, movement vocabulary, terminology, rhythm and musicality.  The course also includes basic choreography and performance skills.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of DANCE 10 ( or PE 22 or PE 145)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course for beginning dancers covers fundamentals of jazz dance in the areas of technique, movement vocabulary, terminology, rhythm and musicality.  The course also touches on jazz dance choreography and performance skills.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of DANCE 10 ( or PE 22 or PE 145)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Utilize jazz dance terminology to describe beginning jazz dance
   exercises, technical principles, and movement vocabulary.
2.  Perform beginning jazz dance warm-ups, techniques, stretching and
   strengthening exercises, and movement combinations.
3.  Describe technical principles incorporated in beginning jazz dance
   and apply these to the execution of beginning jazz dance
4.  Choreograph a beginning jazz dance combination.
5.  Display performance skills in the performance of beginning jazz
   dance movement sequences.
6.  Perform beginning jazz dance movement in one or more jazz
   dance styles.
7.  Identify basic rhythmic concepts incorporated in beginning jazz
   dance and relate them to the execution of dance movement.
8.  Count beginning jazz dance movement sequences.
9.  Critique a jazz dance performance or piece.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Beginning jazz dance terminology and corresponding movement
II.  Beginning jazz dance technique
    A. Technical principles such as alignment, balance, extension,
       turn-out and inward rotation of the legs, moving from the
       center, isolation
    B. Floor work:  Stretching and strengthening
    C. Jazz dance locomotor movements: Steps, turns, leaps and other
       aerial movements
    D. Linking movements:  Across the floor and center combinations
III. Picking up and retaining choreography
IV.  Rhythm and counting music
V.   Style
    A.  Jazz dance movement qualities
    B.  Exploring styles (e.g. Latin Jazz, Classical Jazz)
VI.  Performance skills such as:
    A.  Projection
    B.  Dynamics
    C.  Musicality (reflecting musical mood, accents, dynamics, etc.
        in the performance of dance movement)
    D.  Managing performance anxiety
VII. Choreographing a beginning jazz dance combination
VIII.How to execute jazz dance movement.  Pedagogy may include:
    A.  Verbal descriptions
        1. Dance terminology
        2. Use of imagery
        3. Biomechanics (Anatomical and kinesiological references)
    B. Demonstration of movement
    C. Tactile information (hands-on)
    D. Kinesthetic awareness-enhancing tools or methods
    E. Corrections
IX.  Critiquing jazz dance choreography - what to look for in a jazz
    dance piece.
Topics for repeating students:  Although some concepts, techniques, and
movement vocabulary will be reviewed, the specific choreography of the
movement sequences included in every phase of the class and the music to
which it is choreographed will vary from semester to semester.
Therefore, information conveyed to meet the demands of that choreography
and the learning experience for the student will vary each semester.

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Homework (averaging 1 hour per week per unit):
1. Weekly practice of instructor choreography and dance skills covered
  in class sessions
2. Choreography of a jazz dance combination (solo, duet or group
3. Performance of exercises to strengthen and/or stretch muscle groups
  required to execute dance movements
4. Written critique of a dance piece or performance approved by
  instructor. Note: Critique is based on a performance occurring during
  the current semester, or for video viewing option, instructor will
  provide or approve a video.
5. Reading of handouts (3 or 4 pages) and/or selected readings from text
  (approximately 20 pages per semester)
In class assignments include:
1. Jazz dance technique class activities assessed in terms of improvement.
  (class performances)
2. 1 to 3 performance exams
3. Note-taking when appropriate
4. Practice sessions
5. Written final exam
Optional assignments:
1. Jazz dance video viewing and analysis
2. Partner activities focusing on dance technique
3. Student choreography work sessions

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 11%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Class performances, Performance exams, Choreographic project
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 11%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer, essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
40 - 60%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Jump Into Jazz. Minda Goodman Kraines & Esther Pryor. Mayfield Publishing
Company. 2004.
Instructor Prepared Materials

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