Course Content and Outcome Guide for D 175A
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- 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, musicality. Emphasizes basic traditional tap steps, rhythm tap combinations and complete dances. Course may be taken 3 times for credit (D 175A or PE 186K separately or in combination).
Intended Outcomes for the courseDevelop skills in beginning tap dance steps, combinations, and tap improvisation.
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