Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 186P
Course Title:
Pilates for Dancers
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Course Description

Builds on concepts and skills in the Pilates Method of conditioning. Designed to continue to increase core strength and stabilization, by challenging one's body to further its range of motion. Provides knowledge and skills in non-impact whole body exercise that includes standing variations to further challenge the students as it pertains to dance. Benefits include core strength and stabilization, muscle tone, flexibility, improved posture and body/mind awareness. D 120 and PE 186P are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

Use improved core strength, muscle balance, control, and body awareness to improve general dance techniques and skills.

Apply exercise variations built upon Pilates€™ concepts that include a greater range of motion in order to improve safety issues for dancer.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Attendance and participation

2. Exams €“ quantitative and/or qualitative.

3. Demonstrative exercises.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Parallel and turnout of the legs

Body positions

Leg and arm positions

Kinesthetic memory

Coordination of the legs, arms, and body

Mind-body connection

Breathing exercises

War-up exercise

Joint release exercise

Stabilization exercises

Correct alignment