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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 017 (GHA) Ballroom Dance (1.5) A course designed to provide students with basic dance skills and an understanding and appreciation of ballroom dance.

KINES 017 Ballroom Dance (1.5)

Kinesiology 017 introduces students to ballroom dance as a social/recreational or competitive activity, with the goal of leading to an active lifestyle. This course provides the basic skills and information necessary to develop and continue one's interest in ballroom dancing. Dance history and etiquette, cooperation with a partner, and learning the fundamentals of leading/following techniques are stressed from the beginning of the semester. As different dances are introduced (FoxTrot, Waltz, Jitterbug/Swing, Polka, Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and/or others), additional figures are added throughout the semester. The accompanying practice affords each student with the opportunity to build confidence by combining skills in a variety of ways, listening to music, and preparing to "perform" during evaluation sessions. Both assessment and evaluation for each student occur throughout the semester. Formal evaluation occurs twice during the semester, at the mid-semester and at the end of the semester. Students dance with a partner of his/her own choice in a group of 3-5 couples. The remainder of the class has the option of practicing or observing. Evaluation may also include a written test (on handouts, class notes, etc.), written critique of a dance concert on campus (e.g. Eisenhower Auditorium concerts), or a paper on the competitive aspects of ballroom dancing, DanceSport. Outside opportunities for dancing are encouraged: Penn State Ballroom Dance Club, Swing Club, etc. Attendance at each class is essential; this is an activity which is dependent upon learning and practicing with a partner. Upon completion on Kinesiology 017, the student will be able to identify music for each of the dances taught, perform basic figures for each dance in combination, know proper leading and following techniques, and work in concert with one or more partners. Frequency of offering: Ten to twelve sections every fall and spring semesters, with an enrollment of 40 students per section.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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