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CCOG for PE 120B Fall 2023

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Course Number:
PE 120B
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 completion, students should be able to:

  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through Ballet
  • Promote health and well-being 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 well-being and Ballet performance.
  • Interpret ballet terminology and musicality to critically analyze Ballet performances.

Course Activities and Design

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

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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