SRJC Course Outlines

7/12/2024 8:55:49 AMDANCE 11.1 Course Outline as of Summer 2011

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 11.1Title:  BALLET I  
Full Title:  Ballet I
Last Reviewed:12/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled.7517.5 max.Lecture Scheduled13.13
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled2.753 min.Lab Scheduled48.13
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.50 Contact Total61.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  26.25Total Student Learning Hours: 87.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PE 27.1

Catalog Description:
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This course for beginning dancers covers beginning ballet principles and skills in the areas of technique, movement, vocabulary, style, and musicality. The course also includes basic ballet aesthetics and performance skills.


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

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course for beginning dancers covers beginning ballet principles and skills in the areas of technique, movement, vocabulary, style, and musicality. The course also includes basic ballet aesthetics and performance skills.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of DANCE 10 ( or PE 22)
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 ballet terminology to describe beginning ballet movement.
2. Perform beginning ballet warm-ups, techniques, stretching,
  strengthening exercises, center and across the floor exercises.
3. Explain technical principles incorporated in beginning ballet dance
  and apply these principles to the execution of beginning ballet
4. Perform beginning level enchainments (chains of steps).
5. Display performance skills in presentations of beginning ballet
  class choreography.
6. Identify basic rhythmic concepts incorporated in beginning ballet
  dance and relate them to the execution of ballet movement.
7. Count beginning ballet movement sequences.
8. Critique a ballet performance or a ballet piece applying basic ballet
  aesthetics and beginning ballet principles.
9. Repeating students must demonstrate increased depth and breadth of related skills,
     with new learning objectives.

Topics and Scope
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I.   French ballet terminology (including pronunciation) and corresponding
    ballet movement vocabulary
II.  Beginning staging terms (English)
III. Beginning ballet technique (taught through exercises at the barre,
    center work and across the floor)
    A. Technical principles such as alignment, turn-out, use of plie,
       releve, and extension
    B. Directions and 8 body positions, including concepts such as floor plan, en
       face, croise, efface, and body movement directions such as: en
       dehors, en dedans, en avant, en arriere, devant, and derriere
    C. Positions and movements of the arms (port de bras)
    D. Positions and movements of the feet and legs
    E. Turns
    F. Jumps
    G. Adagio
    H. Petit allegro
    I. Grand allegro
    J. Reverence
IV.  Beginning enchainments (choreographed ballet sequences)
V.   Supplementary strengthening and stretching (may include floor barre,
    and non-traditional barre or center exercises)
VI.  Ballet movement qualities
VII. Performance skills such as
    A.  Projection
    B.  Dynamics
    C.  Style and facial expression
    D.  Musicality (reflecting musical mood, accents, dynamics, etc. in
        the performance of dance movement)
VIII.Rhythmical principles for beginning ballet
IX.  Counting beginning ballet movement
X.   How to execute beginning ballet movement. Pedagogy may include:
    A.  Verbal descriptions
        1. Ballet 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
    F. Critical analysis of performed movement
XI. Critiquing ballet choreography - what to look for in a ballet work
(ballet aesthetics)
Topics for repeating students:
Although some concepts, techniques, and ballet vocabulary will be
reviewed, the specific choreography of the exercises taught in every phase
of the class, the Enchainments, and the music to which they are
choreographed will vary from semester to semester.

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Homework (averaging 1 hour per week per unit):
1. Weekly practice of ballet skills and or choreography covered
  in class sessions
2. Memorization and practice of enchainments
3. Perform exercises to strengthen and/or stretch muscle groups required
  to execute ballet movements
4. Written critique of a ballet 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 hand-outs or textbook
In class assignments include:
1. Ballet technique class activities assessed in terms of overall
  improvement (class performances)
2. 1 to 3 performance exams (performance of Enchainments)
3. Note-taking when appropriate
4. Practice sessions
5. Written final exam
Optional assignments:
1. Ballet video viewing and analysis
2. Partner activities focusing on ballet techniques

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
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 11%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer
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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Instructor prepared materials
The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Techniques, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet (1st). Minden, Eliza Gaynor. Simon & Schuster: 2005.

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