Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Introduction to Jazz Dance Technique (1 cr)
E156 | 6464 | Hamm


CLASS MEETING:
Two 50 minute periods per week

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
An introduction to the modern jazz style of movement as it integrates with
sound biomechanical principles.  Phrasing, dynamics, and other qualities
will be discussed.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to:
1.  Demonstrate an understanding of correct postural alignment;
2.  Perform the warm-up sequence from memory;
3.  Demonstrate performance mastery of three movement combinations,
based
on selected jazz steps.
4.  Demonstrate select performance elements (facial projection, style,

dynamics) in each of the aforementioned combinations.

COURSE TOPICS INCLUDE:
1.  Warm-up content
a.  Abdominal strengthening
b.  Shoulder/arm strengthening
c.  Lateral flexions
d.  Ballet positions for arms/feet
e.  Plies/releves
f.   Isolations
2.  Terminology/jazz steps
3.  Jazz dance history
4.  Jazz combinations
a.  Jazz skills
b.  Classical Jazz style
c.  "Funk"/MTV style
5.  Movement analysis/mechanics
6.  Dance films/videos

TEXTBOOK:
Hand-outs and reserve materials in the HPER Library

EXAMS:
1.  Two written quizzes                =    25 points each
2.  Three performance exams        =    25 points each

ASSIGNMENTS:
1.  One article summary                 =  10 points each

ATTENDANCE:
Students are allowed a maximum of three (3) absences.  Upon a fourth
absence, the student has three (3) options:
1)  receive a grade of F;
2)  officially withdraw from the class;
3)  follow an appeal procedure through your instructor and/or the Elective
Program
Coordinator.

GRADING:
1.  Two quizzes                     =   50 points
2.  Performance exams           =   75 points
3.  Article Summary               =   10 points
TOTAL COURSE POINT          =  135 POINTS

92%  - 100%    =   A's
83%  -   91%    =   B's
74%  -   82%    =   C's
65%  -   73%    =   D's