Dance 380

DNCE 380: Advanced Jazz Dance Technique

Credit Hours: (2) Six hours technique

Prerequisite: DNCE 280

Provides continued development of the body as an instrument for jazz dance with an emphasis on technique, performance, and style.

Note(s): May be taken multiple times for credit.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1)     Advanced Jazz Dance vocabulary
        a) isolations
        b) complex rhythmic patterns
        c) core strengthening

2)   Style
        a) improvisation
        b) performance viewings


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Material is presented in the form of demonstration and repetition followed by correction, clarification and discussion of exercises.   Discussion of historical and socio-cultural topics relative to the technique will be integrated. It may include guest lecturers with expertise in supplementary areas.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course the students will be able to:

1) Perform sophisticated movement sequences comprised of advanced level dance steps
2) Demonstrate rhythmic skills and weight shifts characteristic of jazz dance
3) Improvise at an advanced level

Assessment Measures

1) Daily observation of students’ performance during class
2) Mid-term and Final evaluations
3) Class Discussion
4) Attendance          

Other Course Information

Review and Approval
New Course February, 2009

June 20, 2015