Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 190B
Course Title:
Ballet I
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Course Description

Explores concepts of beginning Ballet with a focus on correct alignment, form, musicality and moving with greater awareness. Provides a foundation for Ballet II. D 190B and PE 120B cannot both be taken for credit. Prerequisites: D 190A or PE 120A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful compl;etion, students should be able to:

  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through Ballet
  • Promote health and wellbeing via physical activity, self-expression, and group interaction through Ballet.
  • Apply lessons in ballet-specific anatomy, safe practices, and injury prevention regarding correct alignment in order to improve wellbeing and ballet performance.
  • Interpret ballet terminology and musicality to critically analyze future ballet instruction.

Course Activities and Design

  • Barre work
  • Center Work
  • Adagio
  • Simple Jumps
  • Basic turns
  • Traveling and linking steps
  • French terminology
  • Dance class etiquette

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participation
  • Vocabulary Exam
  • Other outcome assessment strategies may include:
  • Written reviews/critiques
  • Creative project
  • Class discussion
  • Written exam

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Explore the fundamentals of Ballet technique
  • Learn and apply safe practices related to technical training in dance
  • Apply feedback given to foster improvement of technique
  • Identify and use internal and external rotation in the hips (parallel and turn-out) as well as
  • the various positions of the feet
  • Identify and use basic port de bras
  • Beginning musicality
  • Examine line and shape
  • Execute simple jumps and turns
  • Utilize axial and locomotor movements
  • Adapt to varying tempos and changes in music
  • Prepare students to advance to Ballet II