Social Dance I (DNCESPC 321)

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Course Objectives | Instructor | Prerequisites | Requirements | Grading | Extra Credit | Point System | Attire | Late Policy
Wednesdays 2:30p.m..-4:30 p.m.

  8/30/2017 - 12/15/2017
Section # 28471(Fall 2017)
Location: Camino Nuevo Charter HS

Course Objectives:
 Students learn basic social dance steps and combinations, terminology, music and appreciation of dance as an art form.

The student will:

  •  apply basic dance vocabulary while learning and demonstrating the technique, styles and performance aspects of social dance styles.

  •  develop an understanding of good posture while presenting dance steps from a variety of cultural and historical periods.

  •  create original combinations using dance steps utilized in the classes in open and closed positions.

  • discuss an understanding of the place of social dance in the history of human cultural development

  • SLO #1: Discuss historical origins of Social Dance.

  • SLO #2: Perform the correct dance steps and dance in time to the music.

  • SLO #3: Utilize appropriate body alignment which includes dance posture, partner eye contact, and dance holds.

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 social dance vocabulary used in class and an ability to perform this glossary of steps correctly.

4. Ability to memorize beginning level social dance routines after learning them with counts and then to perform them from memory.

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: Wednesday, Oct. 11(worth 10 points) NO MAKEUPS ALLOWED

Effort and Improvement: Worth 10 points

Final Exam: Group student choreography demonstration Wednesday. Dec. 13(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.**

 

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:
Ballroom or dress shoes should be worn for the  class. The shoes should be secure on your feet, with a strap across the ankle for women's pumps. The soles of the shoes should allow for turns but have enough traction not to slip. NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS (WITHOUT AN ANKLE STRAP) ALLOWED!
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 - a note from a parent is not eligible for an "excused absence".. 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.
 
This course requires respectful close contact between students. It is your responsibility to wear clean clothes, deodorant, and have clean hands in the class. Inappropriate behavior or touching will not be tolerated so please help keep this a comfortable safe environment for all.

Copyright ©2017by Phyllis Eckler