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Elizabeth A Cooper
DANCE 303
Seattle Campus

Ballet Technique III

Intermediate-level. Expansion of ballet vocabulary. Prerequisite: DANCE 302.

Class description

Course Description: Welcome to dance 303B ballet. This course offers instruction in the theory and practice of ballet technique at the advanced–intermediate level. I am looking forward to working with all of you this quarter. Course Objectives: · To gain a thorough knowledge of correct alignment within the framework of ballet technique and the classical ballet aesthetic · To expand one’s knowledge of ballet movement, vocabulary and terminology and to demonstrate this knowledge verbally and kinesthetically · To demonstrate a more complex understanding of rhythmic and musical phrasing and dynamics · To employ ballet technique as a tool of individual artistic expression and communication · To learn to identify one’s strengths and challenges and use this information to set personal goals for technical and artistic development

Student learning goals

Understand and expand creative and artistic potentials.

Understand basic principles of dance teaching methodologies and dance science as applied to technical and aesthetic development in classical ballet.

Develop kinesthetic awareness and how to use the body as a mode of understanding and expression

Develop an awareness of the extent of one's personal responsibility toward his/her own learning process and social contribution.

Understand and practice risk-taking

General method of instruction

This is a studio dance technique course. Class will begin with a gentle warm-up, barre work will relate specifically to center work, which will include, adagio phrases, combinations involving pirouettes, change of direction, dynamic range, petite and grand allegro.

Recommended preparation

This course is for advanced/intermediate and advanced students. Several years of focused training are required. The first week of class will serve as a placement class to assure that students train at the appropriate level.

Class assignments and grading

Low stakes writing assignments will be given along with some vocabulary assignments or quizzes. Grades will be based on outside low stakes assignments, quizzes, concert attendance and participation (see next section)

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING Participation (80 %) Participation grades reflect the following: · Attending class regularly and being on time * · Fully engaging in the material being presented in class · Demonstrating progress toward achieving the physical, artistic and intellectual goals of the course · Acquiring and demonstrating a working knowledge of classical ballet terminology

Ballet Vocabulary Quizzes (10%)

Written Work and Concert Attendance (10%) • Goals statements: you will be asked to write two goals statements—one at the beginning of the quarter followed by one toward the end of the quarter. • M.F.A. Concert May 10-13, Meany Studio Theatre. Tickets available at the Arts Ticket Office on the Ave at 40th. • http://www.meany.org/tickets/index.aspx (Please turn in a ticket stub with your name written on it, along with a short written assignment)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth A Cooper
Date: 03/12/2007