Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 186E
Course Title:
Ballroom II
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Course Description

Continues the development of skills in ballroom dance at an intermediate level as well as enriching the depth of the dance technique and complexity of choreography. Focus placed on: appropriate partnering in order to lead or follow, rhythm, style, and phrasing. Dances may include: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Samba, Jive, and Night Club Two Step. PE 186E and D 184B are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisites: PE 186D or D 184 or instructor approval. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

1. Use increased spatial awareness, partnering skills, and coordination in order to build social connections and help make social choices.
2. Use social skills to acknowledge diversity and develop tolerance, support, and attentiveness towards other human beings.
3. Appreciate ballroom dance as an art form and understand how it fits in with other areas of dance.
4. Use developed skills in improvisation to promote creative problem solving.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Participation
2. Creative Projects
3. Practical Evaluation
Other assessment strategies may include:
1. Group or individual choreography
2. Written exam to test knowledge or terminology and/or history
3. Research paper

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

   Skill introduction and review
   New pattern presentation
   Practice with rotating partners
   Improvisational dance and practice time
   Footwork and floor craft specific to each dance
   Appropriate styling and musicality
   Improvised sequences
   Skill development and variations
   Familiarity with origins, history, and styling of each dance
   Recognition of music used to accompany individual dances
   Ability to dance written patterns