Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 177
Course Title:
Hip Hop
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Course Description

Introduces the fundamental principles and skills of Hip Hop dance. Places emphasis on development of correct technique, strength and flexibility, musicality, and individual expression through movement. Focuses on Hip Hop elements, culture, and terminology. D 177 and PE 186R 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

1. Draw from Hip Hop dance skills to understand Hip Hop as a cultural phenomenon and how Hip Hop fits into the American culture.
2. Use acquired kinesthetic awareness, coordination, and memorization from increasingly difficult movement phases in order to apply the process of sequencing to other areas of life.
3. Use basic learned improvisational skills in order to promote creative problem solving.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

• Warm up
• Isolations
• Strengthening exercises and floor work prep
• Locking or other upper body work
• Skill development
• Longer phrases and/or choreography
• Improvisation
• Cool down/stretch
• Axial and Locomotor movements
• Ability to subdivide duple pulse, use accent, and syncopated rhythms
• Isolations
• Demonstrate different qualities of movement
• Use waving, locking, and other arm gestures specific to Hip Hop vocabulary
• Basic floor work: Six step, CC, and freezes
• €œUprock€ or €œToprock€ movements
• Improvised sequences and/or musical interpretation
• Skill acquisition and replication
• Longer phrase work or choreography as a class
• Different elements of Hip Hop including, but not limited to: DJ/MC, Graffiti, and Dance
• History and development of Hip Hop from 1970€™s to present
• Contemporary trends in Hip Hop