Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Intermediate Irish Step Dance (1 cr)
E100 | 6163 | Foley
E100 Beginning Irish Step Dance or Instructor's Approval
The course is designed for the student with limited experience or training
in Irish Step Dance. The course will focus on the movement, technique and
style of Irish Step Dance, while exploring the history of traditional Irish
Step Dance, and comparing/contrasting it to progressive Irish Step Dance.
COURSE CONTENT/STUDENT OBJECTIVES:
This is an intermediate level class that will focus, as time allows, on both
hard and soft shoe dancing. The class will work on dance phrases by
repeating exercises for correct foot placement and body carriage. This
course will possibly introduce hornpipes, treble reels, and hop reels.
Control, strength, flexibility, proper posture, body alignment, body
carriage and a sense of timing are all benefits the student should
experience, in addition to an appreciation for traditional Irish Step Dance
and its music.
The class may also compare and contrast traditional Irish Step Dance to
progressive Irish Step Dance through videos, articles, lectures, and
Students are expected to attend and participate in class. Three absences
will be allowed. Following the third absence, the instructor has the right
to enforce the Elective Program Policy on attendance.
If a student is unable to participate due to illness or injury, but feels
well enough to attend class, then he/she should observe class and submit a
written report at the conclusion of class, based on the student's
observation of the class.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: 25 POINTS
Each student must complete one of the following assignments:
(1) Attend one (1) dance concert and submit a brief written critique and
analysis of the concert. ALL CRITIQUES MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN, DOUBLE-SPACED
AND PROOFREAD. THEY ARE DUE NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK AFTER THE CONCERT.
(2) Submit a brief written review/evaluation of a dance related article or
THE DUE DATE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL BE NLT TWO WEEKS BEFORE LAST REGULAR
GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS ARE ATTACHED
There will be periodic informal, in-class performances upon completion of a
jig or reel. Since a range of skill levels is to be expected, the student
will not be judged on technical ability, but rather, effort and class
Grading will be based on attendance, completion of written assignments,
class participation, and performance exams.
1) Written Assignments
Concert Critique or Article/Video Review = 25 points
2) Performance Exams
Periodic Performance Exams = 25 points each
Students are expected to be on time to class, appropriately dressed, and
92% - 100% = A
82% - 91% = B
72% - 81% = C
62% - 71% = D
61% and below = F
GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
Each concert or article/video review is worth 25 points. The following is
an explanation of how the critique will be evaluated.
5 points - Complete Assignment
5 points - Presentation
neatness and organization (introduction, body,
concluding paragraph(s), including personal
5 points - Grammar
spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and wording
10 points - Content/Body of Paper
personal commentary and review, observations and
analysis, critique and overall impressions
25 points - Total
Barzel, Ann, "American Trinity", Dance Teacher Now, November, 1998, p. 30.