Course Content and Outcome Guide for PE 186F

Course Number:
PE 186F
Course Title:
Jazz Dance I
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Course Description

Introduces principles and skills in the fundamentals of jazz dance technique. Emphasizes and develops correct body alignment, coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm, and movement awareness. Includes jazz dance vocabulary and simple jazz dance combinations. D 150 and PE 186F are equivalent and only one can be taken for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Develop basic jazz dance skills and kinesthetic awareness in jazz dance technique.
  • Identify and apply the principles of jazz dance technique and vocabulary.
  • Explore and appreciate jazz dance as an art form.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attendance, participation, and effort
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in beginning jazz dance technique.
  • Written and/or practical evaluation
  • Paper or project on jazz dance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Fundamental Principles of Jazz Dance Technique:

Correct alignment

Turnout and parallel positions of the legs and feet

Body and arm positions

Jazz dance vocabulary

Safe and efficient dance techniques

Jazz Dance Class, beginning level:


Axial movements


Ballet based movements: plies, battements, rond de jambe

Floor work


Connecting movements

Jazz walks

Jazz turns

Jazz jumps

Dance combinations

Structure of jazz dance class

Dance class etiquette

Jazz Dance Aesthetics:

Energy and dynamics of movement

Rhythmic variations and syncopation

Spatial awareness

Awareness of jazz dance styles


Demonstrate correct technique and appropriate skills in beginning jazz dance steps and combinations:

Warm-up sequences

Plie sequences



Floor work

Connecting steps

Jazz walks

Jazz turns

Jazz jumps

Traveling combinations

Dance combinations

Demonstrate jazz dance steps and combinations with variations in rhythm, dynamics, levels, and direction.

Demonstrate improved control, strength, coordination, and flexibility in jazz dance.

Demonstrate ability to learn, execute, and retain jazz dance steps and combinations from visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues.

Demonstrate ability to reverse combinations.

Examine and articulate ideas about a dance performance.

Present a paper or report on jazz dance.