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Effective Term:
Summer 2015 through Fall 2022
Course Number:
PE 186F
Course Title:
Jazz Dance I
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
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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

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • 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.