Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 120
Course Title:
Pilates for Dancers
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Course Description

Builds on concepts and skills in the Pilates Method of conditioning. Designed to continue to increase core strength and stabilization, by challenging one's body to further its range of motion. Provides knowledge and skills in non- impact whole body exercise that includes standing variations to further challenge the student as it pertains to dance. Benefits include core strength and stabilization, muscle tone, flexibility, improved posture and body/mind awareness. PE 186P and D 120 are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit. Recommend: Pilates II or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Use an improved core strength, muscle balance, control and body awareness to improve general dance techniques and skills.
2. Use exercise variations built upon Pilates€™ concepts that apply a greater range of motion in order to improve safety issues for dancers

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Attendance and participation
2. Exams--quantitative and/or qualitative
3. Demonstrative exercises

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Breathing exercises
warm-up exercises
joint release exercises
stabilization exercises
correct alignment
parallel and turnout of the legs
body positions
leg and arm positions
kinesthetic memory
coordination of the legs, arms and body
mind-body connection