Jazz Dance I (DATQ 121)

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Fridays 11:10a.m..-1:15 p.m.

  9/1/2017 - 12/15/2017
Section # 11040(Fall 2017)
Location: Women's Gym Bldg. Rm.202

Course Objectives:
 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 perfomance quality.

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

Instructor:Ms. Phyllis Eckler - Instructor
Office Location: KN227. Office hours:  Fri. 8:30-9:00a.m., 12:20-12:40p.m.
Messages: (323)953-4000 X2865
E-mail: ecklerp@lacitycollege.edu

Website: www.phylliseckler.info

Prerequisites: none

Requirements:

Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to every class.
1. Attendance is crucial as it is the basis for all improvement.

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.

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 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. 13(worth 10 points) NO MAKEUPS ALLOWED

Demonstration of individual student choreography with written notes. Friday. Oct. 20 (worth 10 points)

Final Exam: Group student choreography demonstration Friday. Dec. 15(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.* NO MAKEUP DATES FOR TESTS, OR ASSESSMENTS  WILL BE GIVEN.**

 

NO Class: Friday Nov. 10 - Veterans Day

 

Friday, Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving

Make-ups/Extra Credit:

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 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..

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.  
Late Policy:
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 OF CLASS.

INJURED DANCERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO OBSERVE AND TAKE NOTES.

*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 Village 100A, 323-953-4000 X2270) as soon as possible.  All information will remain confidential.
 
**Excused 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.
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 one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade.

Copyright ©2017by Phyllis Eckler