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Paula Peters
BISIA 213
Bothell Campus

Art Techniques

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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


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 Paula Peters
Date: 08/03/2011