DNCA-162: Intermediate Jazz Dance

Liberal Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate 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
DNCA-161-Beginning Jazz Dance or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Further explores the characteristic movements of jazz dance via the use of more intricate footwork, movement phases, and combinations than those performed in basic jazz dance.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To be able to correctly identify and execute Jazz movement beyond the basics with correct technique and skill.

Core Course Topics
  1. Movement Vocabulary
    • Identify intermediate Jazz movement vocabulary, including French Ballet terms and state their purpose.
  2. Combinations, Phrases, Turns and Locomotor Movement
    • Execute with correct technique all given combinations, phrases, turns and locomotor movement across the dance space.
  3. Skeletal-muscular Structures and Functions
    • Label and apply skeletal-muscular anatomy and function as it applies to dance.
  4. Body Conditioning
    • Self evaluate fitness and body condition as it applies to dance skill.*
  5. Musicality
    • Execute accurate musicality with all basic movement vocabulary, combinations and phrases.
  6. Jazz Dance Artists
    • Discuss choreographers and dancers who have made significant contributions to Jazz Dance.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Written and movement exams: Identify intermediate Jazz movement vocabulary and purpose from a demonstration and execute selected correct movement from their terms.
  2. Movement exam: Execute all given combinations, phrases, turns and locomotor movement with correct technique.
  3. Written exam: Label skeletal-muscular structures. Movement and oral exam: Illustrate and explain anatomical function as it applies to alignment and technique.
  4. Class assignment: Do pre-testing for muscular endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Analyze fitness level, according to a given criteria, and create goals and a plan for improvement. Conduct post-testing and self evaluate.
  5. Movement exam: Execute all selected movement with accurate rhythm and timing.
  6. Class assignment: Oral, written and video presentation of a selected Jazz Dance choreographer or dancer.

Jump into Jazz, 5th ed., Kraines & Pryor

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date