Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Advanced Jazz Dance (1 cr)
E100 | 6164 | Foley


PREREQUISITES:
E156 Beginning Jazz; E255 Intermediate Modern; E256 Intermediate Jazz; or
Instructor's approval.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
At the end of the semester, each student should be able to:

1)	Demonstrate an understanding of proper alignment, through the
application of body mechanics necessary to achieve balance and centering,
during movement and at rest;

2)	Demonstrate performance mastery of advanced jazz level combinations;

3)	Demonstrate advanced and improved movement memory;

4)	Demonstrate advanced and improved clarity, precision, and
musicality;

5)	Show stylistic differences (Blues, Rock, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical
Theatre, etc.) through the performance of aforementioned movement
combinations.
COURSE CONTENT:

A.	Sample Course Structure

	1)	Pre-warm-up - on your own
	2)	Warm-up
		
		a) 	Large muscle groups

			1.	Spine
			2.	Quadriceps
			3.	Hamstrings
			4.	Hips

		b)	Small muscle groups

			1.	Legs/ankles/feet
			2.	Arms
			3.	Shoulders

		c)	Plies/Releves

		d)	Isolations

	3)	Strengthening exercises
	4)	Locomotor Jazz Techniques
	5)	Advanced Jazz Steps/combinations

B.	Technique Styles

C.	Advanced Movement Sequences

GRADING:
Grading will be based on attendance, participation, effort, and the
completion of reading and written assignments, and executing performance
exams.

	1)	Written Assignments

		a.	Technique analysis				=
5 points
		b.	Concert critique or article/video review	=
25 points
		c.	Technique summary			=	  5
points

	2)	Performance exams

		a.	Periodic performance exams		=	25
points

Students are expected to be on time to class, appropriately dressed, and
otherwise prepared.  Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated, and will
affect your final grade.

GRADING SCALE:
92%	-	100%	=	A
82%	-	  91%	=	B
72%	-	  81%	=	C
62%	-	  71%	=	D
61% and below		=	F

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS:  35 POINTS TOTAL
Each student must complete three (3) written assignments, as listed below:

	(1)	Technique Analysis  -  5 points

	- Make a list of your strengths/limitations as a dancer, include
previous training and dance experience; and establish a goal for yourself.

	DUE DATE WILL BE NLT TWO WEEKS BEFORE LAST REGULAR
					         DAY OF CLASSES.

	(2)	Concert critiques or article/video review  -  25 points

	- The student must complete one (1) of the following assignments:

			(a) 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.

		(b) Submit a brief written review/evaluation of a dance
related article or video.

	DUE DATE WILL BE NLT TWO WEEKS BEFORE LAST REGULAR DAY OF
					             CLASSES.

	(3)	Technique Summary  -  5 points

	-Submit a short paper that recaps your semester in this class, i.e.,
what you have learned, whether you have made progress in reaching your goal.

	DUE DATE WILL BE NLT TWO WEEKS BEFORE LAST REGULAR DAY OF
					             CLASSES.

	-----GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS ARE ATTACHED-----

PERFORMANCE EXAMS:  25 POINTS EACH

There will be periodic performance exams.  The student will be evaluated on
dance combinations based on the technique and/or styles covered in class.

CLASS PARTICIPATION/ATTENDANCE:

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.

				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
					commentary)

	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

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Frich, Elizabeth, The Matt Maddox Book of Jazz Dance, Sterling Publishing
Co., Inc., New York, 1983.
Giordano, Gus, Anthology of American Jazz Dance, Orion Publishing House,
Evanston, IL, 1978.
Kraines, Minda, C., and Ester Kan, Jump Into Jazz, Mayfield Publishing
Company, Palo Alto, CA, 1993.
Kriegel, Lorraine Person and Chandler-Vaccaro, Kim, Jazz Dance Today, West
Publishing Company, St. Paul, MN, 1994.
Luigi and Kenneth Wydro, The Luigi Jazz Dance Technique, Doubleday &
Company, Inc., Garden, City, NY, 1981.