Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 150
Course Title:
Jazz Dance I
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Course Description

Introduces principles and skills in the fundamentals of jazz dance technique. Emphasizes and develops correct body alignment, coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm, and movement awareness. Includes jazz dance vocabulary and simple jazz dance combinations. D 150 and PE 186F are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Combined classes are limited to two levels.  Class meeting times are not to exceed 110 minutes per day. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Develop basic jazz dance skills and kinesthetic awareness in jazz dance technique.
  • Identify and apply the principles of jazz dance technique and vocabulary.
  • Explore and appreciate jazz dance as an art form.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attendance, participation, and effort
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in beginning jazz dance technique.
  • Written and/or practical evaluation
  • Paper or project on jazz dance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Fundamental Principles of Jazz Dance Technique:

  • Correct alignment
  • Turnout and parallel positions of the legs and feet
  • Body and arm positions
  • Jazz dance vocabulary
  • Safe and efficient dance techniques

Jazz Dance Class, beginning level:

  • Warm-up
  • Axial movements
  • Isolations
  • Ballet based movements: plies, battements, rond de jambe
  • Floor work
  • Stretches
  • Connecting movements
  • Jazz walks
  • Jazz turns
  • Jazz jumps
  • Dance combinations
  • Structure of jazz dance class
  • Dance class etiquette

Jazz Dance Aesthetics:

  • Energy and dynamics of movement
  • Rhythmic variations and syncopation
  • Spatial awareness
  • Awareness of jazz dance styles

Demonstrate correct technique and appropriate skills in beginning jazz dance steps and combinations:

  • Warm-up sequences
  • Plie sequences
  • Battements
  • Isolations
  • Floor work
  • Connecting steps
  • Jazz walks
  • Jazz turns
  • Jazz jumps
  • Traveling combinations
  • Dance combinations

Demonstrate jazz dance steps and combinations with variations in rhythm, dynamics, levels, and direction.
Demonstrate improved control, strength, coordination, and flexibility in jazz dance.
Demonstrate ability to learn, execute, and retain jazz dance steps and combinations from visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues.
Demonstrate ability to reverse combinations.
Examine and articulate ideas about a dance performance.
Present a paper or report on jazz dance.