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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 18A.
Advisory: This course is included in the Social & Cultural Dance 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 hip hop dance technique steps and combinations with correct terminology and analyze musical phrasing.
  • Perform the intermediate exercises of hip hop dance technique while exhibiting the correct body placement, coordination and flexibility.


Continuation into the intermediate fundamentals of hip-hop technique and training. Includes the intermediate vocabulary and practice of isolations and across the floor exercises.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

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

Course Content

  1. Historical overview: jazz, rock n' roll, pop lock, breakdance, street funk, house
  2. Theory of composition: time, space, energy, shape, and direction
  3. Hip-hop dance in relationship to culture: graffiti art, rap, music, fashion
  4. Studio decorum and procedure
  5. Preparation for class:
    1. Warm-up breath and stretch
    2. Isolations
    3. Footwork
  6. Body awareness and alignment
    1. Center floor barre
    2. Stretch
    3. Flexibility
    4. Endurance
    5. Release and contractions
  7. Demonstration and performance of hip-hop movement
    1. Pop lock
    2. Break
    3. Street funk
    4. House
  8. Historical analysis of hip-hop dance
    1. Sources and influences of historical periods on hip-hop dance
    2. Transition from highly specialized movement training to universal form of dance and exercise
  9. Artistic references
    1. Reference to contemporary dance companies and performances
    2. Sources and styles of musical accompaniment for hip-hop class

Lab Content

  1. Demonstration and practice of intermediate hip-hop dance in center floor exercises
  2. Demonstration and practice of intermediate hip-hop dance in across the floor exercises
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper body awareness and alignment

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Dance studio.
2. Comfortable exercise clothing and appropriate shoes.
3. Audio and sound system.
4. 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 live 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 hip-hop dance
Cooperative learning exercises
Laboratory and demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

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

Tasmin, Fitzgerald. Hip Hop and Urban Dance. 2009.

Dyson, Eric Michael. Know What I Mean: Reflections of Hip Hop. 2007.

Although the Tasmin and Dyson texts are older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, they remain seminal texts in this area of study.

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