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CCOG for PE 120A Fall 2023

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Course Number:
PE 120A
Course Title:
Ballet I
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Course Description

Introduces fundamentals of Ballet technique with a focus on correct alignment, development of strength, flexibility, range of motion, stability, and Ballet terminology. D 190A and PE 120A cannot both be taken for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to: 

  • Apply lessons in Ballet-specific anatomy, safe practices, and injury prevention in order to improve well-being and ballet performance.
  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through Ballet.
  • Interpret ballet terminology to critically analyze Ballet performances.

Course Activities and Design

Barre work
Center Work
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
Introduce concept of musicality
Examine line and shape
Utilize axial and locomotor movements