Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 184
Course Title:
Ballroom Dance
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Course Description

Introduces the fundamental principles of Ballroom Dance. Places emphasis on proper partnering, style, and phrasing. Focuses on elementary steps of Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, Cha- Cha, and Rumba. D 184 and PE 186D 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. Use an increased spatial awareness, musicality, and coordination in order to build social connections and help make social choices.
2. Learned history, origin, and precise styling for each dance will increase an understanding of Ballroom Dance as an art form and how it fits with other areas of dance.
3. Use developed skills in freestyle dancing 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)

1. Basic skill introduction and/or review
2. New pattern presentation
3. Practice with rotation of partners
4. Develop both leading and following skills
5. Freestyle dancing and practice time

1. Dances to be covered: Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Waltz
2. Basic footwork specific to each dance
3. Appropriate styling, timing, rhythm and tempo
4. Improvised sequences or freestyle dancing
5. Skill development and variations

1. Familiarity with origins, history, and styling of each dance
2. Recognition of music used to accompany individual dances