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Modern Jazz Beginning Level
Course: DAN136PA

First Term: 2011 Spring
Lec + Lab   0.5 Credit(s)   1.5 Period(s)   1.2 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Dance training for personal skill development and interest. Introduction to the theory and practice of modern jazz dance at the beginning level. Development of movement quality and performance skills.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Apply the theory of contraction and release. (I)
2. Demonstrate correct placement and alignment for dance. (I, II)
3. Apply basic modern jazz dance technique, theories, and styles. (I, II, III, IV)
4. Utilize the theory of the body`s relationship to gravity and the center of gravity used in modern jazz dance. (I, II, III, IV, V)
5. Perform basic locomotor and axial movements in the center and across the floor. (II, III)
6. Practice the basic elements of dance: space, time, and energy with particular attention to rhythm and syncopation. (IV)
7. Practice basic rhythmic analysis and the impact of poly-rhythms and syncopation on modern jazz dance. (IV)
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. Floor Work
   A. Basic placement and centering
   B. Stretching techniques
      1. Various types of stretches
      2. Theories of stretching
   C. Basic floor positions
   D. Isolations
   E. Upper body designs
   F. High release
   G. Basic contraction
II. Standing and Center Floor Work
   A. Basic placement and centering
   B. Positions of the feet
   C. Positions of the arms
   D. Torso work
   E. Leg and foot work
   F. Axial work
III. Locomotor Work
   A. Basic movements
   B. Beginning combinations
   C. Turns
IV. Elements
   A. Energy
   B. Space
   C. Time
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  12/14/2010

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