Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 130A
Course Title:
Modern Dance I
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Course Description

Introduces fundamentals of Modern Dance technique with a focus on correct alignment, development of strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stability, and dance specific terminology. D 130A and PE 121A cannot both be taken for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Apply lessons in Modern Dance-specific anatomy, safe practices, and injury prevention in order to improve wellbeing and Modern Dance performance.
  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through Modern Dance.
  • Interpret Modern Dance terminology to critically analyze performances.

Course Activities and Design

  • Concept-based class structure
  • Body-Mind work to increase kinesthetic awareness
  • Warm-up
  • Center exercises and focused, technical training
  • Axial and Locomotor movement
  • Conceptually relevant phrases or combinations
  • Review and repetition of movement phrases or exercises
  • Cool down

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participation
  • Written reviews/critiques
  • Other outcome assessment strategies may include:
  • Creative project
  • Class discussion
  • Written exam

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Explore the fundamentals of Modern Dance
  • Learn and apply safe practices related to technical training in dance
  • Apply feedback given to foster improvement of technique
  • Identify and use internal and external rotation in the hips (parallel and turn-out)
  • Identify and use basic arm positions
  • Introduce concept of musicality
  • Examine line and shape
  • Utilize axial and locomotor movements
  • Introduce concepts of ensemble thinking