SRJC Course Outlines

12/7/2023 6:12:42 PMDANCE 37.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 37.1Title:  BALLROOM DANCE I  
Full Title:  Ballroom Dance I
Last Reviewed:3/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled2.003 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  17.50Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PE 32.1

Catalog Description:
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This course establishes a solid foundation in ballroom dance technique and basic skills.  Dances may include: foxtrot, waltz, swing, and cha cha, with possible introduction to other ballroom dances and/or Latin dances.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of DANCE 10.1

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course establishes a solid foundation in ballroom dance technique and basic skills.  Dances may include: foxtrot, waltz, swing, and cha cha, with possible introduction to other ballroom dances and/or Latin dances.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of DANCE 10.1
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1996Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1996Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Execute and analyze basic ballroom dance vocabulary, both movement vocabulary and terminology.
2.  Apply and integrate knowledge of dance techniques, styling, musicality, and etiquette in the performance of common ballroom dances.

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Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate the basic skills and steps of common ballroom dances.
2.  Demonstrate proper ballroom dance alignment.
3.  Apply basic ballroom dance terminology.
4.  Demonstrate proper technique in leading and/or following a partner.
5   Perform footwork, rhythms, and basic patterns of common ballroom dances.
6.  Identify basic rhythmic concepts incorporated in ballroom dances and relate them to the execution of dance movement.
7.  Count basic ballroom dance movement sequences
8.  Discuss the historical origins of common ballroom dances.
9.  Apply elements of styling as appropriate for each ballroom dance.
10. Utilize proper ballroom dance protocol and etiquette.

Topics and Scope
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This course covers a variety of ballroom dance styles -  waltz, swing, cha cha, and foxtrot and may also include an introduction to the following: mambo, salsa, tango, samba, rumba and nightclub two-step.
I.   History of selected dances
     A.  Origins and cultural background
     B.  Role of music in development of dances
II.  Basic techniques in leading and following ballroom dance movements
     A.  Correct postures and holds
     B.  Partnering
     C.  Floor craft: moving around a crowded social dance floor easily
III. Musicality
     A.  Recognition of a variety of meters and tempos in dance movement and musical accompaniment
     B.  Use of rhythmic variation
     C.  Relating dance movement to musical styles
IV.  Basic ballroom vocabulary
     A.  Footwork patterns
     B.  Holds
     C.  Basic elements common to all ballroom dances
     D.  Proper alignment
V.   Styling (will vary depending on dances being studied) Examples:
     A.  Rise and fall in foxtrot and waltz
     B.  Cuban motion in cha cha
     C.  Bounce in swing
VI.  Ballroom dance etiquette

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In class assignments
1. Practice and demonstration of ballroom material presented in class (including verbalization of patterns and counts)
3. 1-3 performance exams
4. Note-taking in class when appropriate
5. Final Exam
1. Weekly practice of skills and patterns presented in class
2. Performance of exercises to strengthen and/or stretch muscle groups required to executed dance movements
3. Reading of class handouts and/or selected readings (5-10 pages per week)
4.  Written critique of a dance piece or performance (based on a performance from the current semester, or for video viewing option, instructor will provide or approve a video) (2 - 3 pages)
Optional assignments:
1. Viewing and learning new material from instructional dance videos
2. Viewing of ballroom performances or competitions with written comments on technique, musicality, identification of style and patterns
3. Partner activites focusing on dance technique

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
0 - 10%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
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
20 - 40%
May include any of the following types of exam: 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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Recommended text: Ball Room Dancing, Alex Moore,10th edition, 2012
Instructor prepared materials

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