About DNCE 016 A

Kinesthetic and intellectual introduction to the physical conditioning techniques of Joseph Pilates. Matwork exercises to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination and mind/body awareness. Appropriate for all levels of fitness.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

University of Vermont Julie Peoples-Clark, Lecturer in Dance jpeoples@uvm.edu Office hours: meeting with instructor by appointment NO CELL PHONE ALLOWED ON YOGA MATS. PHONES MUST BE SILENCED DURING CLASS. Required materials Gertie ball and Yoga Mat Course Description This course is designed to introduce students kinesthetically and intellectually to the physical conditioning techniques of Joseph Pilates. Pilates matwork exercises are used to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination and mind/body awareness. Pilates emphasizes flowing movements requiring the use of multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Controlled breathing and concentration are essential, making Pilates a workout for the body and the mind. Pilates matwork is appropriate for all levels of fitness. Objectives To discover students’ individual capabilities and help them reach their physical fitness goals. Pilates utilizes six basic principals. 1. Stabilization – Movement is initiated from a stable source (pelvic and shoulder girdles) through opposition. 2. Control – Movement is initiated from its correct source. Emphasis is placed on the use of the transversus abdominis muscles vs. the rectus abdominis. 3. Flow – In combination with deep and relaxed breathing, the flowing movements in Pilates reduce stress on the body and the risk of injury. 4. Concentration – The exercises are performed with the correct mindful intent, and awareness is heightened with each movement. 5. Breathing – The pattern of breathing is connected with the pattern of movement. It improves circulation and helps to avoid unnecessary tension in the muscles Full range of movement – A joint’s full range of motion will change; promoting healing and reducing the effects of chronic injuries. Methodology Classes typically begin lying on the floor using yoga or Pilates mats. Gravity is not a consideration and is therefore not compressing the spine. As core strength increases students will progress to seated, kneeling, plank and standing positions. Each exercise is explained and demonstrated by the instructor. Modifications for individual strengths and weaknesses are discussed and encouraged. Each student is encouraged to make small gains in strength and flexibility as their body allows. Live Dance Performance Attendance Students are required to attend one live dance performance/event (list distributed separately). Write two to three pages review about the show. Include aspects of set design, costume, lighting, movement, and music. In this paper, you will balance your analytical, descriptive and critical voices. Your review must be submitted one week after the show. Pick one of the following: -Dancing Uphill - January 22 - 24, 2020, 7:30 pm, Mann Gym (required) -UVM Dance Faculty Showcase, February 13, 2020, 7:30 pm Flynn Space Dress Street shoes are not permitted in the dance studios. Pilates matwork classes will be experienced with socks or bare feet. Students should plan to wear clothing suitable for movement and should take into account keeping the body warm for the beginning and end of class. Dress in layers, the studio can be chilly. Active Participation /Attendance Attendance is important in any field, but vital in this Pilates class. Learning Pilates conditioning requires that your body do it. You won’t gain in flexibility, and strength watching class or reading a book. In other words, there is no way to make up the material you miss. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN EVERY CLASS ON TIME WITH ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS. If you are more then 5 minutes late you will be marked absent. You will not be excused for conflicting appointments, please do not schedule other appointments at this class time. However, knowing that unpredictable circumstances can arise, students are granted 1 absence that will not alter their grade (excused and unexcused) before their grade is affected. After that, every absence drops the active participation final grade down by one letter. Any absence over 4 will result in the failure of the course. Grading 80% Assessment of in-class work including attendance 20% Live performance response Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change. You will be notified of any significant changes to the policies.

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