PHED126 Modern Dance

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education

I. Course Number and Title
PHED126 Modern Dance
II. Number of Credits
2 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This is an introductory course in creative dance that includes dance fundamentals of technique, improvisation, and choreography. Basic dance movements will be used to develop an understanding of body language and an articulation between movement and creativity. Basic concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition are presented.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. This course is designed to help the student express her creativity through dance. The dancer’s movement will be the medium and her imagination her choreographer. The student will be given the opportunity to experience their creativity by expressing their ideas and emotions through movement. They will learn to “dance” out their creativeness.


    2. This course will help the student develop physical strength, skill and precision in dance technique so that they have the confidence to create movement phrases and complete sequences.


    3. The student will explore the elements of dance movement: focus, dimension, direction, level, control and execution. She will learn proper body alignment and placement.


    4. The student will learn how to express ideas and emotions through movement. Dance will become the framework for the students to discover them and to communicate this discovery to others.


    5. This course will provide opportunities for the students to build their self-confidence by performing before the class and an outside audience. The course will enable the student to realize the joy of spirit that comes from moving the body with control, rhythm, and creativity.


    6. The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition along with instruction of their application to personal dieting and modern dance.


    7. Performance Objectives:
      1. To develop confidence in the student’s ability to move successfully through a dance sequence presented before a group
      2. To determine definition of level, focus, dimensions direction as they apply to dance.
      3. To learn and practice technical skills such as; brushes, plies, balance, extension, isolation, and rotations.
      4. To move through time and space: rhythm, walk, run, slide, jumps, falls, recoveries, combinations, and variations of these concepts.
      5. To build strength and endurance.
      6. To use dance techniques grounded in an expressive tradition to design dance sequences and to choreograph short dance pieces.

    This course satisfies the requirements for the BCCC Core Curriculum.

    Core Learning Goals:
    Category I:
      Creative Expression: The students will:

      1. learn to assess, appreciate, embrace and/or value the uniqueness of their own creative endeavors, as well as the those of others.
      2. learn to present their work(performance) in a professional, accomplished manner relative to the specific medium.
      3. begin to appreciate and understand the acknowledged significant historical developments and accomplishments within the tradition of the medium.

    Core Learning Objectives:
    Category I:
      Creative Expression: The students will be able to:

      1. create a unique personal, finished product appropriate to the medium. (1,2)
      2. perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others. (1,3)
      3. articulate how they got from the initial concept to the final product. (2)

    Category III:
      Collaboration: The students will be able to:

      1. identify and practice elements of effective group process.
      2. practice effective small group communication skills.
      3. resolve conflicts/make decisions effectively.
      4. honor commitments made to the group.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Body placement and dance techniques
      1. Body control, warm-ups, and stretches
      2. Brushes, plies, balance, extension, isolation, rotation, rhythms, walk, run, slide, jumps, falls, recoveries, combinations, and variations.

    2. Dance movement: focus, dimension, direction, level, control, execution


    3. Experiments in creative dance
      1. Small groups of students will work on a 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minute dance piece. These will be choreographed, and controlled pieces. Each group will develop one piece.
      2. The students will perform their dances during class and at a public appearance at the college. Some students may choose to perform their group piece. All students will perform two pieces, which have been developed throughout the semester such as: an adagio and a piece on a social issue.
      3. A 2 to 3 minute individual dance piece will be performed by each student. This piece will be developed and choreographed by the student and will be her final project.
      4. Each required dance piece will be videotaped near the end of semester to viewed, critiqued and evaluated.
      5. Throughout the semester the semester each student will be encouraged to attend professional performance in creative dance. This experience will help her value the time and effort needed to become an accomplished dancer.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. The required textbook is selected by the full-time faculty.


    2. Policies governing student evaluation, grades, and attendance, will be specified in the Class Format prepared by the full-time faculty member.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. Mini Lectures
  2. Demonstrations of Modern Dance
  3. Practice of Modern Dance Skills
  4. Instructional Videos

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04