- Course Number:
- D 175A
- Course Title:
- Tap Dance I
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Course DescriptionIntroduces fundamentals of tap dance technique and vocabulary. Develops a sense of timing, rhythm, and musicality. Emphasizes basic traditional tap steps, rhythm tap combinations and complete dances. D 175A and PE 186K 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 skills in beginning tap dance steps, combinations, and tap improvisation.
· Explore a variety of rhythms and musical styles.
· Identify and apply tap dance terms and sounds.
· Discover tap dance as an art form.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
· Attendance, participation, effort
· Demonstrate basic tap dance steps, combinations, and dances
· Identify tap dance terms, sounds, and rhythms.
· Paper or report on tap dance.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Principles of Basic Tap Dance Technique:
- Warm up sequences
- Single sound tap steps: rudiments
- Shuffles, flaps and simple combinations
- Foot, body and arm positions; weight changes
- Moving steps and combinations
- Connecting steps to create dances
- Improvisation as a learning and choreographic tool
- Spatial awareness
- Dance class structure and classroom etiquette
- Concepts of rhythm and musicality:
- Learn musical counting of tap steps
- Synchronize tap steps to music
- Acapella tapping, synchronizing tap sounds
- Listening skills: to music, solo tap sounds, group tap sounds
- Explore tempo changes, accents, syncopation, and silence
- Explore time steps: single, double, triple
- Explore a variety of musical styles: jazz, blues, swing, funk, waltz etc.
- Improvisation: counting musical bars, when to start and end
- Identify and demonstrate understanding of single sound tap steps (rudiments), multiple sound tap steps, and time steps.
- Successfully execute clean, clear tap sounds
- Execute beginning tap dance combinations
- Demonstrate the traditional tap routine The Shim Sham
- Perform travelling tap dance steps
- Recognize a variety of musical styles: jazz, blues, swing, funk, waltz etc.
- Demonstrate complete tap dances
- Participate in tap improvisation
- Coordinate foot sounds with arm and body movements