About DNCE 021 A

Introduction to applied practice in ballet. Open to students with no previous dance experience. Training in classical exercises and vocabulary, with focus on placement, alignment, coordination, basic anatomy, and movement quality. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Rationale: Ballet is an artistic dance form originated in the Italian Renaissance and established its present form during the 19th century. As other dance forms, ballet requires many years of training. This course is focused on providing basic notions of classical ballet, welcoming students who have few or no experiences in dance. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who wish to work on flexibility, strength, and rhythm. And/or for those who are curious about the dance style.
 Course Description: This course does not require prior ballet training. It is open for students with minimal or no knowledge of the technique. The focus is beginning level based on the Royal Academy of Dance methodology blended with principles of somatic studies. Students can expect exercises and vocabulary of the classical technique with strong emphasis on placement, alignment, coordination, and movement quality. The course also addresses basic principles of anatomy and muscle releasing technique. Course Objectives: Music and dance: Expose ballet technique and musicality for beginning level. Writing: Abilities to describe and analyze live dance performances. (List distributed separately) Inclusion: To promote and sustain a class environment where the individual skills, values, and beliefs are respected. Student Learning Outcomes: Students will: Demonstrate awareness of the body as an expressive instrument. Establish sense of musicality and rhythm. Learn basic notions of human anatomy and kinesiology. Identify and get familiar with ballet vocabulary and concepts. Acquire knowledge in the ballet dancer’s world. Requirements 
 Performance Discussion Paper: Students are required to attend two live dance performance/event (list distributed separately). Write two to three pages review about a single choreography in 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 by one week after the show. Practical Evaluation - Skill Assessments: Students are required to demonstrate ballet steps learned throughout the course. Part of the terminology for this assessment will be available on Blackboard. Policies Attendance: Regular attendance and active participation are required in this course. Please notify instructor if you are beginning this course with any prior health condition that might require you to modify your participation in class. If you sustain an injury during your enrollment in this course, you are required to be present, observe the class, and take notes (paper only). Turn them in at the end of class; otherwise, it will count as an absence. Medical appointment excuses will be handled on a case-by-case basis established by the parties involved. Students are allowed two absences (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 6 will result in the failure of the course. Tardy: Students who arrive after class has started will be marked as half-absence. No exceptions will be made to this policy. It is essential that all students participate in the ENTIRE warm-up in order to avoid any injury. Penalties for lateness exist for both student safety and out of respect for students who arrive on time. Don’t leave classroom without alerting instructor during class. Don’t get ready to leave or leave until dismissed by the instructor. No sitting between exercises, unless allowed by the instructor. In case you are not feeling well during class, talk to the instructor. Students are allowed to observe the class, but not allowed to return to the activity after sat. Teamwork It is your full participation in class, which means you are arriving on time, prepared (dressed, eaten, hydrated), and ready to contribute to the class. It means you will approach all the material offered in class with curiosity, commitment, and focus. You will ask questions when you have them, discuss your thoughts and experiences, and engage with fellow students. To fully participate in class includes being fully present physically and mentally and offering to share with the class. Do I have to wear unitard to class? No, you do not have it, but keep in mind that close-fitting clothing is useful to see body alignment. Shorts and skirts can be worn over tights or leggings. Male students should wear running pants and t-shirts. All dancing will be in slippers or socks. Barefoot is allowed by instructor permission only. Hair should be secured back, off the face and neck. For the safety of the dancers, do not wear jewelry during class except posts. No streetwear! Failure to adhere to the dress code will affect your teamwork grade. Note Please be aware that the instructor will use touch as a teaching tool. There will also be physical contact with fellow classmates. If for any reason, this is an uncomfortable situation please feel free to speak directly to the instructor. 50% Active participation ( including attendance) 30% 2 Live performance papers 10% Midterm Skills assessment 10% Final skills assessment Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change. You will be notified of any significant changes to the policies.

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Mann Hall - Trinity Gym (View Campus Map)


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