BALLET – DANCE 140
Instructor: Betty Ann Platt
Phone: 425 – 564-2968
Office location: R016
Office Hours: Immediately before or after class. May also call or email to arrange another time.
By example and discussion, students will be taught how to apply correct ballet technical theory to basic exercises and stretches during the warm-up portion of the class. Through these fundamental conditioning techniques, basic strength, flexibility and balance improve with knowledge and practice. As students learn the French terminology for steps by connecting the terms to movement sequences which are practiced, they begin to discover how mastering the fundamentals coordinates to greater self-expression and can be applied to other styles of dance.
Based on attendance, participation, and mastery of ballet fundamentals while taking into account each student’s previous dance training.
40% - Attendance and behavior as outlined in the syllabus
30% - Know fundamentals of barre work.
20%. Know the French Terminology.
5% See the Eastside Moving Company performance and be able to write a one page response paper
5% Be able to perform center and across the floor sequences.
Attendance, attention and effort are rewarded.
No books are required
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Apparel: Leotards and tights, or any style of dance/exercise clothing considered. Ballet slippers are necessary and will be discussed at the first meeting. Male dancers usually wear a t-shirt and warm-up pants.
Class: Usually begins on the floor followed by exercises at the barre. Five extra minutes are given to change clothing, but punctually is important, in that this time not only prevents injury, but includes important work on technique. The next section of the class consists of movements incorporating steps and techniques learned at the barre into progressive movements in center and across the floor. Movement combinations require the student to work on timing, phrasing and eventually dynamics