CCOG for PE 121A Spring 2024

Course Number:
PE 121A
Course Title:
Modern Dance I
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Course Description

Introduces fundamentals of Modern Dance technique with a focus on correct alignment, development of strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stability, and dance specific terminology. D 130A and PE 121A cannot both be taken for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Apply lessons in Modern Dance-specific anatomy, safe practices, and injury prevention in order to improve wellbeing and Modern Dance performance.
  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through Modern Dance.\
  • Interpret Modern Dance terminology to critically analyze performances.

Course Activities and Design

Concept-based class structure
Body-Mind work to increase kinesthetic awareness
Center exercises and focused, technical training
Axial and Locomotor movement
Conceptually relevant phrases or combinations
Review and repetition of movement phrases or exercises
Cool down

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Explore the fundamentals of Modern Dance
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)
Identify and use basic arm positions
Introduce concept of musicality
Examine line and shape
Utilize axial and locomotor movements
Introduce concepts of ensemble thinking