DNCA-161: Beginning Jazz Dance

Liberal Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Beginning Jazz Dance
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
Catalog Course Description

Explores theatre style jazz dance. Primary emphasis is on developing knowledge of and experience in basic jazz movement vocabulary and technique accompanied by jazz and popular music. Course also includes study of music rhythms, a brief history of jazz, and the body instrument from an anatomical perspective.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To be able to identify and execute basic movement vocabulary with correct technique and skill in the Jazz genre.

Core Course Topics
  1. Warm up and Isolations
    • Execute aerobic work, isolations, and other body conditioning warm ups.
  2. Ballet, Modern and Jazz Alignment and Technique
    • Execute Ballet, Modern and Jazz body positions and alignment exercises fundamental to Jazz Dance technique.
    • Examine body alignment and placement in Ballet for application to the Jazz Dance movement vocabulary.*
  3. Locomotor Movement
    • Execute locomotor movement and turns across the floor with correct technique.
  4. Skeletal-muscular Structures and Function
    • Label and apply skeletal muscular anatomy, function and conditioning as it applies to dance.
  5. Musicality
    • Execute accurate musicality with all basic movement vocabulary, combinations and phrases.
  6. History
    • Explain the evolution of jazz dance from the 19th century.
  7. Jazz Dance Artists
    • Identify and explain the relevance of Jazz dance choreographers and dancers from the 1910's to the present day.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Movement exam: Execute isolations, aerobic, endurance, strength and flexibility conditioning as it applies to Jazz Dance.
  2. Movement and written exams: Identify and execute with correct technique all given Ballet, Modern and Jazz movement vocabulary and positions.
  3. Movement exam: Execute all locomotor movement with correct technique.
  4. Written and movement exam: Label skeletal muscular structures, kinesiological terms, explain their functions as it applies to dance and execute exercises to strengthen and stretch specific muscles and muscle groups.
  5. Movement exam: Execute accurate musicality with given movement.
  6. Written exam: Explain the evolution of jazz dance history pre-dating the formal genre from the late 1800's to the present.
  7. Class assignment: Oral, written and video presentation of a Jazz choreographer or dancer.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date