Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Introduction to Jazz Dance Technique (1 cr)
E156 | 2096 | Hamm


CLASS MEETING:
One 75 minute period four times per week (Monday thru Thursday)

CLASS 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.  piles/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:
Handouts 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

TOTAL COURSE POINT	=	125 points

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