COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
PED 160 - MODERN
DANCE (1 CR.)
Teaches the basic techniques
of creative dance. Skills include self-expression, contemporary routines,
dance forms, and basic choreography. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory
1 hour. Total 2 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
The purpose of this
course is to acquire skills and gain knowledge regarding modern dance as
an art form. This purpose is met through self-discovery, and self-expression
and traditional modern dance technique.
Upon completion of
this course the student will be able to:
A. perform elementary
technique exercises, progressing towards a larger movement vocabulary.
B. perform beginning
dance combinations and locomotor patterns.
C. demonstrate a knowledge
of movements learned.
D. demonstrate safe
dance conditioning and modern dance techniques.
MAJOR ELEMENTS OF CONTENT
A. Dance exercises
include ballet and modern warm-ups such as stretches, placement, traditional
ballet and modern foot work and arm positions.
B. Center exercises
exploring variations of shape, force, level, direction, rhythm, tempo.
C. Locomotor movements
and dances: triplets, pas de bourre, turns, leaps
D. Strength and flexibility
training: warm-ups, floor exercises, standing exercises.
E. Dance appreciation
discussing historical perspectives.
F. Build upon movements
through dance to create a means of expression.
G. Music selections