Jazz Dance I (DATQ 121)

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ONLINE -Asynchronously

  8/31/2019 - 12/18/2019
Section # 10441(Fall 2020)

Course Objectives:
 Welcome to Beginning Jazz Dance!

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.

You do not need to be an expert to enjoy this class. I hope to make it a fun opportunity for you to get fit, and flexible. You will learn about musicality, coordination, and spatial design.  All of these new skills will help  you move with confidence.

The following are the course outcomes or end result of participation:

  • SLO #1: The student will 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 perfomance quality.

  • SLO #2: Students will identify and name five beginning Jazz Dance steps or positions.

  • SLO #3  Students will notate dance movement using appropriate beginning Jazz Dance terminology.
    SLO #4 . Students will work with others to create spatial designs (floor patterns) using locomotor movement.
    SLO #5. Students will view and analyze a dance performance in terms of performance quality.

Instructor:Ms. Phyllis Eckler - Instructor
Office hours: ONLINE BY CANVAS EMAIL & using ZOOM by appt.
Messages: (323)953-4000 X2865
E-mail: In this class we will be having "conversations" using the CANVAS Inbox. More information on how to do this can be found in Module 1.

Website: www.phylliseckler.info

Prerequisites: none

Requirements:

YOU WILL NEED SPACE!

YOU WILL NEED A COMPUTER!

YOU WILL NEED A COMPUTER OR PHONE CAMERA!

(In this class you will be videoing yourself.)

That's it!


1. This asynchronous course allows you to work on your schedule! You will need to check into CANVAS often and devote 2-4 hours a week to practice. The course has quizzes, discussions and assignments but the days that you do those are up to you! If you want to get ahead, you can move at your own pace in this course. Getting ahead is fine but if you get behind and miss deadlines, it may affect your grade. So stay on a schedule!

 

2. I and other students will be giving you feedback on your work. Your grades will reflect your skill improvement through the integration of these  suggested corrections.

 

3. The course will cover new steps and dance terms. Students will become familiar with the Jazz movement vocabulary used in class and exhibit an ability to perform this glossary of steps correctly.

 

4. Students will be taught how to memorize beginning level jazz routines after learning them with counts and then to perform them from memory.

 

5. Students will use Microsoft WORD to write dances in a new notational form.

Grading:
 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".

 

Final grade will be based on a point system. Keeping track of points may be confusing but you can keep track of your achievement by looking under the "Grades" tab in CANVAS. This will inform you of your grade percentage in relation to 100 %.

As mentioned earlier, you can move ahead in the course at your own pace. If a discussion you have submitted, requires a response to other students, you are welcome to reach back to  that discussion later, to drop in your comments, (as long as it is before the due date!).

Late work will be penalized as follows: 5% will be deducted from the grade you achieved, for each day that the assignment/discussion is late. The minimum you will receive on any assignment, is 60% of your given grade. This should encourage you to get in all assignments - even if they are late, since additional points could add up to a passing grade!!

Pay attention to due dates and FIRM DATES! Firm dates will be used for assignments that MUST be submitted by a particular date. No late submissions will be accepted for these assignments.

Keep in touch! If there are events going on in your life that are preventing you from completing the work - let me know by e-mail! Let's see if I can help you work to catch up.
 
Excused absences must be accompanied by a note from a doctor, hospital, jury duty receipt, or funeral program. An e-mail to the instructor must be delivered as well. No excused absences will be accepted for the final exam or performance.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES (School closed):

 

Labor Day - Sept. 7 (Teacher may not be available)

 

Veteran's Day - Nov. 11 (Teacher may not be available)

 

Thanksgiving Weekend - Nov. 26-29 (Teacher may not be available)

 

 

For other important academic deadlines please click on this link

Make-ups/Extra Credit:

 

1. There will be a number of extra credit assignments in CANVAS over the semester. Each of these assignments will display that the grade is out of zero . This is just how they have to be shown, so that CANVAS doesn't penalize those who don't choose to do this extra work. I will always let you know, in the body of the assignment, the maximum extra credit points you can possibly receive for these assignments.

 

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 the 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..

Grade Percentage Point System:
90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
Below 60% F

Attire:
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 workout pants, leggings, tank tops, T-shirts(for men only) or tight sweat pants are some of the possible choices in dancewear.  
 
*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 Bldg., 323-953-4000 X2270 or email oss@lacitycollege.edu) as soon as possible.  All information will remain confidential.
 
Board Rule 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 oneís identity for the purpose of enhancing oneís grade.
 
Financial Aid If you need help paying for books and other college expenses, call the Financial Aid Office at (323) 953-4000 ext.2010 or email finaid@lacitycollege.edu.
 
Prohibited Discrimination
The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to provide an educational, employment and business environment free from Prohibited Discrimination, as defined by Board Rule 15003. Employees, students, or other persons acting on behalf of the District who engage in Prohibited Discrimination as defined in this policy or by State and Federal law shall be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, expulsion, or termination of contract. The specific rules and procedures for reporting allegations of Prohibited Discrimination and for pursuing available remedies are included in Administrative Regulation C-14. A copy may be obtained from the Title IX Coordinator or from the Districtís Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Any member of the Los Angeles City College community, which includes students, faculty, and staff, who believes, perceives, or actually experiences conduct that may constitute prohibited discrimination, has the right to seek the help of the College. Every employee has the responsibility to report such conduct to the Title IX Coordinator or other designee(s) of the College President when it is directed toward students. Potential complainants are advised that administrative and civil law remedies, including but not limited to injunctions, restraining orders or other orders, may be made available. For assistance, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (323) 953-4000, Ext. 2758, or the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at (213) 891-2315.
 

 

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