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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Fall 2022
Course Number:
PE 121B
Course Title:
Modern Dance I
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Course Description

Explores concepts of beginning Modern Dance with a focus on correct alignment, form, musicality and moving with greater awareness. D 130B and PE 121B cannot both be taken for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students hould be able to:

  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through Modern Dance
  • Promote health and wellbeing via physical activity, self-expression, and group interaction through Modern Dance.
  • Apply lessons in Modern Dance-specific anatomy, safe practices, and injury prevention regarding correct alignment in order to improve wellbeing and Modern Dance performance.
  • Interpret Modern Dance terminology and musicality 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)

Demonstrate beginning level skills in sequencing
Introduce changes in levels in space
Utilize axial and locomotor movements
Further examine use of line and shape
Adapt choreography to varying tempos, kinds of music, etc.
Explore musicality at a beginning level
Apply instructor and peer feedback to improve performance
Work from internally and externally rotated positions
Articulation of the spine
Demonstrate spatial awareness