This course introduces
students to jazz dance with an emphasis on basic steps and
combinations, terminology, music, and appreciation of dance as a
performing art form. .
The student will:
apply basic dance vocabulary while
learning and demonstrating the technique, styles and performance
aspects of contemporary jazz dance.
use flexibility, strength,
coordination and correct musicality to perform dance routines.
create original combinations using
dance steps utilized in the classes.
practice a form of notation that will
allow the student to memorize combinations and teach them to others.
SLO #1: Perform a given beginning jazz dance combination to
musical accompaniment. Demonstrate knowledge of the movement and the
ability to execute it with muscle memory, correct timing and desired
SLO #2: Students will identify and name five beginning Jazz Dance
steps or positions.
Phyllis Eckler - Instructor
Office Location: KN227. Office hours: Fri. 8:40-9:00a.m.,
Messages: (323)953-4000 X2865
Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to every class.
1. Attendance is crucial as it is the basis for all
2. Effort toward skill
improvement through the integration of the teacher's corrections.
3. Knowledge of the
Jazz movement vocabulary used
in class and an ability to perform this glossary of steps correctly.
4. Ability to memorize
beginning level modern jazz routines after learning them with counts
and then to perform them from memory.
5. Ability to write dances
in notational form as taught. Students must bring a notebook and
pencil every class for note-taking.
IF FOR SOME REASON YOU CANNOT COMPLETE THIS COURSE YOU ARE
RESPONSIBLE FOR DROPPING THE CLASS. IF YOU DO NOT OFFICIALLY DROP THE
COURSE BY THE 2ND WEEK OF THE SEMESTER A GRADE OF "W" WILL APPEAR IN
YOUR TRANSCRIPTS. FAILURE TO DROP THE COURSE BEFORE FINALS WILL RESULT
IN A GRADE OF "F".
grade will be out of 100 points as follows:
Attendance/participation is out of 60 points. Each class missed equals minus
3 points. Each late equals minus
1 point. Points can be made up by
participating in any other Kinesiology classes with
the permission of the class teacher up until the 12th week
of the semester (see additional Extra Credit below)
Test on Routine #1: Friday, Oct. 12(worth 10 points) NO MAKEUPS ALLOWED
individual student choreography
with written notes. Friday. Oct. 19 (worth 10 points)
Group student choreography demonstration Friday. Dec. 14(worth 20
points) NO MAKEUP DATES ALLOWED
If you require an
accommodation in order to complete an assessment or the coursework
please contact the teacher at least three weeks in advance.*
MAKEUP DATES FOR TESTS, OR ASSESSMENTS WILL BE GIVEN.**
Friday, Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving
1. You may make up this class in the any other
Kinesiology class with
the permission of the instructor. Please bring a note or
makeup slip to verify attendance.
2. You may write a five paragraph
comparison review of two dance films from an approved list of dance
movies. The format of the review must follow
outline in this link. Worth up to 10 points. To
receive full credit for this paper you may wish to visit the Learning
Skills Center on campus for help with writing and formatting..
Below 60 F
Bare feet required for first half of class. Jazz shoes may
be worn for the remainder of class. Soft kneepads (available at most
sport equipment stores) are also recommended. Workout wear such as
pants, leggings, tank tops, T-shirts(for men only) or tight sweat
pants are some of the possible choices in dancewear.
IN ORDER TO PREVENT INJURIES FROM OCCURRING NO ONE WILL BE
ALLOWED TO JOIN THE CLASS AFTER THE FIRST EXERCISE SERIES ( APPROX. 5
MINUTES) IS OVER. HOWEVER THEY MAY OBSERVE AND TAKE NOTES IN ORDER TO
GET ATTENDANCE CREDIT.
NOTES MUST BE HANDED IN AT THE END
INJURED DANCERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO OBSERVE AND TAKE
*Students with a verified disability who may need a reasonable
accommodation(s) for this class are encouraged to notify the
instructor and contact the Office for Special Services (Student Services
323-953-4000 X2270) as soon as possible. All information will
absences must be accompanied by a note from a doctor, hospital,
jury duty receipt, or funeral program. An e-mail or phone call to
the instructor must be delivered as well. No excused absences will
be accepted for the final exam or performance.
9803.28 Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of Academic Integrity include, but are not limited to,
the following actions: cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working
together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor
has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the
same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another
individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing
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