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Dance Kinesiology
Course: DAN170

First Term: 2019 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load


Description: In-depth study of how the human body functions during dance movement both theoretically and practically. Attention given to correct body alignment and use while dancing, exploring each part of the body individually and analyzing the body as a whole.



MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Use correct anatomical terminology when discussing movements, positions and parts of the body. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
2. Analyze the structures, functions, and interdependency of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. (II, III, IV)
3. Identify the bones, muscles, joints, and other anatomical structures of the body, both in two dimensions and on self and others. (I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
4. Discuss the body`s relationship to gravity and the effect on movements and types of muscular contractions. (III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
5. Demonstrate the movements possible throughout the body and discuss the mechanics of these movements. (I, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
6. Identify and explain proper alignment of the body and its importance. (V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
7. Analyze dance movements with regards to anatomical and kinesiological information. (I, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
8. Summarize common dance injuries and demonstrate conditioning exercises to prevent injuries. (V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
9. Examine and evaluate the movement and alignment of self and others. (I, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
 
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Terminology
   A. Anatomical position
   B. Directional terms
   C. Planes and axes
   D. Movement terms
II. Introduction to the Skeletal System
   A. Bone structure and growth
   B. Bone shape terminology
   C. Joint structure and type
   D. Ligaments
III. Introduction to the Muscular System
   A. Types of muscle
   B. Skeletal muscle structure, function and properties
   C. Role of circulation in muscle function
   D. Muscle contraction process
   E. Types of muscle contraction relative to gravity
   F. Slow- and fast-twitch fibers
   G. Influence of fiber arrangement of force and range of motion
   H. Tendons
   I. Terms (agonist, antagonist, synergist, stabilizer)
   J. Multi-joint muscles
IV. Introduction to the Nervous System
   A. Overall system structure and function
   B. Nerve cell structure and function
   C. Types of neurons
   D. Motor units and reflexes
   E. Role in balance
   F. Role in learning movement
V. Spine, Thorax and Skull
   A. Bones and joints
   B. Muscles
   C. Movements and mechanics
   D. Alignment
   E. Applications to dance
   F. Common injuries
   G. Preventative care and exercises
VI. Hip Joints and Pelvis
   A. Bones and joints
   B. Muscles
   C. Movements and mechanics
   D. Alignment
   E. Applications to dance
   F. Common injuries
   G. Preventative care and exercises
VII. Knees
   A. Bones and joints
   B. Muscles
   C. Movements and mechanics
   D. Alignment
   E. Applications to dance
   F. Common injuries
   G. Preventative care and exercises
VIII. Ankles, Feet and Toes
   A. Bones and joints
   B. Muscles
   C. Movements and mechanics
   D. Alignment
   E. Applications to dance
   F. Common injuries
   G. Preventative care and exercises
IX. Shoulder Joints and Scapulae
   A. Bones and joints
   B. Muscles
   C. Movements and mechanics
   D. Alignment
   E. Applications to dance
   F. Common injuries
   G. Preventative care and exercises
X. Application and Evaluation of Learned Concepts
   A. Static and dynamic positions
   B. Evaluating own body
   C. Evaluating others

 
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: March 22, 2016

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