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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2023
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: DANC 13A.
Advisory: This course is included in the Dance Technique family of activity courses.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify intermediate steps and combinations of intermediate contemporary dance technique with correct terminology and analyze musical phrasing.
  • Perform the intermediate exercises of contemporary dance technique while exhibiting proper body placement, coordination and flexibility.


Continuation into intermediate contemporary dance technique and training. Includes the intermediate vocabulary and practice of barre, center floor exercises, and across the floor combinations.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Perform the exercises of intermediate contemporary technique, including warm-up and center floor combinations
  2. Define the traditional vocabulary of steps in the intermediate contemporary class syllabus
  3. Explain the progression and purpose of the specific order of intermediate classroom exercises
  4. Analyze the historical development of contemporary dance
  5. Increase body awareness and confidence
  6. Apply the concepts of proper alignment and placement in all activities
  7. Recognize contemporary dance as both a physical discipline and an artistic expression
  8. Appreciate music as an integral part of the contemporary dance class experience

Course Content

  1. Barre exercises
    1. Plie
    2. Tendu
    3. Degage
    4. Ron de jambe a terre
    5. Petit battement
    6. Grand battement
  2. Center floor exercises
    1. Adagio
    2. Waltz
    3. Petit allegro
    4. Grand allegro
  3. Across the floor
    1. Walk
    2. Run
    3. Jump
    4. Turn
    5. Leap
  4. Historical analysis of contemporary dance
    1. Sources and influences of historical periods on contemporary style
    2. Transition from highly specialized training to a universal form of exercise
  5. Body awareness
    1. Alignment
    2. Placement
    3. Strength
    4. Flexibility
    5. Agility
    6. Endurance
    7. Coordination
    8. Control
    9. Grace
  6. Artistic references
    1. Reference to contemporary dance companies and performances
    2. Sources and styles of musical accompaniment for contemporary dance class

Lab Content

  1. Demonstration and practice of intermediate contemporary barre exercises
  2. Demonstration and practice of intermediate contemporary across the floor exercises and combinations
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper body awareness and alignment

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Dance studio and audio/sound equipment.
2. Exercise clothing and appropriate shoes (ballet and/or character shoe).
3. When taught as an online distance learning or hybrid section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous internet and email access.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Evaluation of performance skills through the intermediate level
Objective exams
Collaborative learning assignments
Written critique of dance performance

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Lecture presentations and classroom discussions using the language of intermediate contemporary dance
Cooperative learning exercises
Laboratory and demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Ambrosia, Nora. Learning About Dance, 8th ed.. 2018.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

  1. Written critique of live dance performance
  2. Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading