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THEA 1556

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Social Dance I
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course introduces forms of different cultures. It covers international and American folk dances, social forms, and ballroom. The course consists of two studio hours one day per week.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. apply effective alignment and body mechanics to the performance of folk and social dance;
  2. perform proficiently the movement skills of folk and social dance;
  3. demonstrate dance steps in the appropriate sequence and spatial form;
  4. demonstrate accuracy in rhythm and timing when performing dance steps;
  5. demonstrate self awareness and sensitivity to others when engaging in partner and group activities;
  6. discuss the value of movement to wellness and life opportunities;
  7. discuss the relationship between fitness and the capacity to be a skillful folk and social dancer;
  8. demonstrate appropriate discipline, assertiveness, social responsibility and emotional control while dancing;
  9. discuss the similarities and differences of movement styles and aesthetics of various cultures;
  10. communicate about folk and social dance orally and in writing.
General Education Outcomes
Apply and integrate knowledge of basic social, folk and ballroom dance vocabulary (movement vocabulary and terminology), techniques, styling, etiquette, and musicality in the performance of common ballroom dances.

Course Content
  1. Dance Forms: International Folk Dances, Social Dances, Square Dances
  2. Historical Evolution of Dance
  3. Function of Dance in Society
  4. Relationship of movement forms to culture
  5. Competencies related to the performance of folk and social dances: alignment, basic steps as adaptation of motor skills, rhythmic perception and accuracy, musical accompaniment and phrasing, social mores, techniques for dancing with partners and groups, spatial awareness, and styling
  6. Techniques for learning folk and social dances

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. Practice and demonstration of ballroom material presented in class (including verbalization of patterns and counts)
  2. Ballroom dance practice in a social dance event setting
  3. Performance Exams
  4. Noteā€taking in class when appropriate
  5. Written exam
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. Attendance and active participation in class activities and discussions
  2. A minimum of two written exams
  3. A minimum of two movement evaluations


Every three years an assessment recording will be made of the culminating 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. 09, 2011
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