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THEA 1551

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Tap Dance I
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course provides the basic technical skills of tap dancing and consists of two studio hours per week. It is intended for students with no previous training or basic tap skills.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. demonstrate basic tap dance skills with effective technique;

2. apply correct tap dance terminology in written and oral communication;

3. demonstrate appropriate studio etiquette;

4. demonstrate balance, coordination, and control in performing footwork;

5. demonstrate sensitivity to tempo and rhythm of musical accompaniment;

6. distinguish and execute variations in tone and timing;

7. utilize kinesthetic perception and concentration in order to self‐evaluate and self‐correct;

8. demonstrate self‐reliance when working independently;

9. demonstrate cooperation and sensitivity when working with a group;

10. execute tap dance routines developed during the class;

11. discuss dance as a means to a healthy lifestyle;

12. perform the culminating tap dance routine with the class.

General Education Outcomes
Through class participation, physical/movement assignments, writing assignments, and evaluations, the student will demonstrate the ability to understand and perform various tap dance movements, including several variations on a basic ‘time‐step’ routine.

Course Content
1. Elementary Tap Dance technique and footwork

2. Elementary Tap terminology

3. Studio etiquette

4. Alignment and weight shifting

5. Perception of sound/toning/shading

6. Dance and wellness

7. Developing Tap Dance combinations and class routine

8. Fundamentals of dance performance

Course Requirements

Specific assignments and procedures for evaluating student performance in this course will be described in the individual class syllabus, but will include the following:

1. Attendance and active participation in each class

2. Mid‐term and final movement evaluations

3. Attendance at a minimum of one dance performance and a written response

Assessment of Outcome Objectives

The course grade will be determined by written assignments, dance skills test and final dance project. When appropriate, opportunities for extra credit will be offered to students, the value of which to be determined by the instructor.

1. At least one written assignment is required. The written exam will be valued at no less than 20% and no more than 50% of the total grade.

2. Competencies must be demonstrated by students in dance‐related activities specific to the class. Dance‐related skills tests will be valued at no less than 35% and no more than 65% of the total grade.


Every three years an assessment recording will be made of the culminating tap dance routine in the class.


A theatre departmental committee will review the item analysis to determine

1) if the level of student success was achieved,

2) if a revision of course instruction to enhance student achievement is needed, and

3) a specific time line for implementation of recommended changes.

Last Revised: Jun. 08, 2011
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