Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 175B
Course Title:
Tap Dance II
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Course Description

Continues the development of tap dance techniques beyond introductory level. Further develops a sense of rhythm, musicality, and tap sounds. Learn basics through intermediate traditional tap steps, rhythm tap combinations, and complete dances. D 175B and PE 186M are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit. Recommended: D 175A or PE 186K or equivalent. 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

1. Adapt rhythms and musical genres to specific tap styles in order to understand the connection between creativity, movement, and
musicality in the world
2. Learn the history, origin, and precise styling for each dance in order to develop an understanding of Tap Dance as an art form.
3. Use basic improvisational skills in order to promote creative problem solving.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome Assessment Strategies will include:
1. Attendance and participation
2. Creative Projects
3. Practical evaluation (exercises, floor work)
Other Assessment Strategies may include:
1. Group or individual choreography
2. Written exam to test knowledge of terminology and/or history
3. Research paper

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Principles of Basic Tap Dance Technique:
Warm up sequences
Correct alignment
Proper stretches
Single sound tap steps: rudiments
Shuffles, flaps, and simple combinations
Foot, body and arm positions; weight changes
Moving steps and combinations (forward, backward and sideward)
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 more challenging 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

Successfully execute clean, clear tap sounds
Identify and demonstrate understanding of complex sound tap steps
Execute intermediate tap dance combinations
Perform traveling tap dance steps
Recognize a variety of musical styles: jazz, blues, swing, funk, waltz, etc.
Demonstrate complete tap dances
Participate in tap improvisation with rhythmic tap complexities
Coordinate foots sounds with more complicated arm and body movements
Memorize and retain combinations quickly