This course will explore various styles of American Ballroom and Latin Dance forms from a social perspective and prepare the student for performance of choreographed material. Instruction will concentrate intensely on form, style, improvisation and choreography.
*Master basic techniques, syllabi and dance terminology utilized both in Latin and American styles.
*Introduce students to various styles of world dance music.
*Emphasize the unique qualities required for success in a social dance environment and acquire the proper etiquette/decorum expected in the world of social dance.
*Develop overall performance techniques designed for the stage and the discipline required of the professional dancer.
International Style Ballroom 188a Special Note:
Students with previous dance experience may be accepted into this class by obtaining a
Prerequisite Form for Dance Classes from the office of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Acceptance and signature by the instructor is mandatory.
Application of various dance syllabi in exercises and games designed to give the student experience in both improvisation and choreography will be stressed. Film clips of iconic dancers and choreographers will be shown, researched and discussed.
Required Readings and Supplementary Materials There is no required text. Online film clips of dance related materials will be researched and biographies of iconic dancers and choreographers will be explored in class.
Description and Assessment of Assignments
Students will actively demonstrate the use of ballroom/Latin dance skills through improvisation, choreography and performance in both the mid term and the final. In-class discussion will reflect knowledge acquired by online research of iconic dancers and choreographers. Impact of exposure to film clips on the students’ dancing will be noted.
Critical Thinking Essay:
In an effort to promote the awareness of dance as an art form, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance requires a critical thinking essay of a live dance performance. This essay should be 1-2 pages, must have a program and a ticket to of the dance the paper pertains to. The paper can be expressive or analytical but must focus on the dance. This is a mandatory assignment.
Grading Breakdown Active Participation 50%
Midterm Examination 20%
Final Examination 25%
Final Grade CR/NCR
Additional Policies All students must arrive to class on time. Consistent attendance is mandatory. Students will be permitted two absences during the semester. Beginning with the third absence, a meeting with the instructor is mandatory.
There is no structured dress code, however, students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and sensible dance shoes.
Review/Practice of all materials taught/Various practice games utilized
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