DNCA-1421: Intermediate Ballet

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate Ballet
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Provides students with continued applied study of ballet technique based on skill level, supplemented by instruction in ballet history, current choreographers and companies, terminology and classical dance principles. The course provides students with the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of this traditional and foundational dance art. Learning activities include physical practice, observation, discussion, reading and writing to cultivate kinesthetic, aesthetic, and intellectual understanding of ballet.

Classroom physical practice will focus on anatomically correct body alignment, placement, and turn-out, musicality, strength, stamina, and flexibility. Care of the body and conditioning for dance is also emphasized.

The ballet work for Intermediate Ballet I is suitable for students starting to work on their intermediate ballet knowledge and skill set. Intermediate Ballet II and III provides an opportunity for students to continue the development of their ballet movement and expression skills. Student’s will continue their academic growth through immersion in history, choreography, terminology and dance principles.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
  1. Develop more complex skills and combinations of ballet movement beyond the beginning level and to condition their body in preparation for more advanced level work.
  2. Provide students with a knowledge-based immersion in Ballet history, vocabulary, events, and performance.
  3. Prepare students for audition and entrance into four year dance programs.
  4. Provide transferable technique course credit.
Core Course Topics
  1. Anatomical Alignment

    Explain musculoskeletal structure and its relationship to movement and energy in the body. Execute movement with connectivity and coordination of the parts to the whole.

  2. Dancer Conditioning

    Show personal progression and demonstrate Increased individual capacity for physical strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility.

  3. Ballet Technique

    Show personal progression of the integration of alignment, conditioning, musicality, and use of energy to execute intermediate Ballet movement combinations and phrases at the barre and centre.

  4. Musicality / Rhythmic Sensitivity

    Sustain accurate rhythm, dynamics, accents, and musicality with movement vocabulary, combinations, and phrases. Adjust to a variety of music.

  5. Ballet Vocabulary

    Identify and apply Ballet terminology and English translation.

  6. Ballet History / Current Events / Performance

    Analyze historical and current events and performance in Ballet through interpretative reading, writing, observation, and discussion.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include but not be limited to written, oral, or movement exams to identify ballet and skeletal and muscular terminology. Movement exams include the demonstration of intermediate skill levels in technique, performance, and musicality. Interpretative reading and writing assignments and interactive discussion will be used to assess academic achievement.


To be determined by instructor each semester.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Effective Term
Winter 2022