Develops intermediate skills and applications in one or more studio arts in order to enhance students' abilities as performers, arts creators, or educators. Recommended: B CUSP 197 or prior experience.
Autumn 2011: The objective of the class is to explore the fundamental elements of concert jazz techniques, which include the jazz styles of Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Matt Mattox, Luigi and Joe Tremaine.
Student learning goals
Learn to utilize spatial concepts, imagery, and qualities of effort.
Relate to music with more depth, phrasing and expression.
Engage in personal assessment and reflective practices that encourage self-directed learning.
Recognize and expand creative, artistic, and intellectual potentials.
Gain a deeper understanding of the African American aesthetics structures of American Jazz Dance.
Develop tools to recognize the depth of connection between diverse cultures in America in the evolving trends of American concert/commercial and musical theater jazz dance.
General method of instruction
The class is movement-based, which includes a thorough warm-up and exercises designed to improve a studentís jazz technique, movement skills and understanding of musicality. Brief in-class lectures and viewing of jazz dance will be included to increase student's understanding of jazz dance history.
Prior jazz dance training is recommended. Students are required to wear jazz shoes (not sneakers) for the course. Please contact instructor for additional information on where to purchase shoes and with any questions regarding prior dance training prerequisites.
Class assignments and grading
Grades will be based off the following assignments: 1) Participation (attending class) 2) A movement-based midterm exam 3) A movement-based final exam 4) A movement-based group final project