Maricopa Community Colleges  DAN136PA  2008 Fall - 9999

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 10-28-2008

DAN136PA  2008 Fall – 2010 Fall

L+L  0.5 Credit(s)  1.5 Period(s)  1.2 Load  Acad

Modern Jazz Beginning Level

Dance training for personal skill development and interest. Theory and practice of modern dance at the beginning level.

Prerequisites: DAN132PA or permission of Department or Division.


Course Notes: DAN136PA may be repeated for a total of one (1) credit hour. Course is not intended for dance majors.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



DAN136PA  2008 Fall – 2010 Fall

Modern Jazz Beginning Level



Apply the theory of contraction and release. (I)


Demonstrate correct placement and alignment for dance. (I, II)


Apply basic modern jazz dance technique, theories, and styles. (I, II, III, IV)


Utilize the theory of the body's relationship to gravity and the center of gravity used in modern jazz dance. (I, II, III, IV, V)


Perform basic locomotor and axial movements in the center and across the floor. (II, III)


Practice the basic elements of dance: space, time, and energy with particular attention to rhythm and syncopation. (IV)


Practice basic rhythmic analysis and the impact of poly-rhythms and syncopation on modern jazz dance. (IV)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



DAN136PA  2008 Fall – 2010 Fall

Modern Jazz Beginning Level


I.          Floor Work

            A.        Basic placement and centering

            B.        Stretching techniques

                        1.         Various types of stretches

                        2.         Theories of stretching

            C.        Basic floor positions

            D.        Isolations

            E.         Upper body designs

            F.         High release

            G.        Basic contraction

II.        Standing and Center Floor Work

            A.        Basic placement and centering

            B.        Positions of the feet

            C.        Positions of the arms

            D.        Torso work

            E.         Leg and foot work

            F.         Axial work

III.       Locomotor Work

            A.        Basic movements

            B.        Beginning combinations

            C.        Turns

IV.       Elements

            A.        Energy

            B.        Space

            C.        Time


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