“Syllabus”

Fall 2020 GUIDELINES & COURSE EXPECTATIONS

DANC 234/235: Intermediate Ballet

Instructor: Cynthia DuFault

 

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 'split' hybrid course of Intermediate Ballet technique will be taught both asynchronous (pre-recorded video classes) and synchronous in-person/ Zoom on Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9am-10:30am (also recorded and available for students who require time flexibility). These classes will be a combination of intermediate barre and center floor work - all with an emphasis on the anatomy that governs ballet mechanics. This work will be adapted for stationary and home training in small spaces. Additional class work consists of weekly self-assessment writing assignments as well as a midterm and final exam- both are written and practical exams (a physical demonstration of skills and techniques).  

 

Pre−requisite: DANC110 Beginning Ballet or equivalent prior training

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To expand awareness of ballet technique, movement quality, and terminology.

  • To increase body awareness, strength, and proper anatomical alignment as it serves in the technique.

  • To have a clearer sense of musicality through time and qualitative dynamics.

  • To practice professionalism (self-responsibility, positive/inquisitive attitude, versatility, knowledge, and investigation of individual strengths and weaknesses).

  • To critically evaluate in writing movement ideas as well as self-assess personal development.

  • To preserve a grand appreciation of dance as an art form.

 

COURSE CONTENT

   Weekly Self-Assessment Form                       Filled out and submitted each Friday by 1pm. First form is due the 2nd                                                                                          week of class by September 11th - It will be a summary of week 1-2.

   Class Forum                                              Posting and responding to your fellow students is required encouraged                                                                                        each week to network about class-related subjects and dance.

   

   Weekly In-Person/Zoom Invite                       3 hours of synchronous in-person/Zoom class is required each                                                                                                         Tuesday/Thursday from 9am to10:30am (starting Thursday, Sept 17th).

    Weekly Zoom Dance Class

   (Recording)                                                          If you are unable to attend the live/Zoom class, a recording will be here.                                                                                      It will usually take a few  hours for it to show up after the class.

   Ballet Terminology List                                     A required learning/study guide for ballet terms, spelling, and definitions.

   Midterm/Final Exam                                          Exams displayed on Moodle during midterm and finals week

                                                                                    (week 8 and 15).

 

GRADING ASSESSMENT

   60%              Participation                      (3hrs weekly: 45hrs total) 

                                                                    - ideally, 3 hours synchronous in-person/Zoom class. 1.5hrs asynchronous video                                                                          class

   30%            Self-Assessment                   (1 weekly submission: 14 total)

                                                                     - writing assignments

   5%                Midterm Exam                    (during week 8)

                                                                      - a practical and written exam based on class material

   5%               Final Exam                           (during week 15)

                                                                     - a practical and written exam based on class material

 

 

  100%                   Total

 

GRADE SCALE

 

        90-100 =4.0      67-69 =2.0

        86-89=3.7         64-66 =1.7

        82-85 =3.3        57-63 =1.3

        78-81 =3.0        50-56 =1.0

        74-77 =2.7        < 49 =0.0

        70-73 =2.3

 

 

STUDIO SAFETY GUIDELINES

Information about safety facts and policies related to SUNY Potsdam:

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Students are required to fulfill 3.5 hours of weekly class. Ideally, 3.5 hours synchronous live/Zoom. If needed, 1.75 hours max of asynchronous video class can substitute synchronous hours upon professor approval.

 

TEXTS

No text is required for this course. Any reading assignments will be provided as PDFs on Moodle or on cyndance.org.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

This course will take place entirely online, so no physical meetings will be held. All dance classes, assignments, discussion forums, and exams will be accessed and submitted through Moodle and cyndance.org. Firefox is the recommended Internet browser for Moodle. You will need to download Zoom if you haven't done so. (Download Zoom here). You will also need access to a device that can film your movement, like a phone or laptop camera. 

LATE POLICY

Late assignments in this course will only be accepted for 1 WEEK after the due date. A zero will be imposed after 1 WEEK. Make-up work is permissible and is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor.

 

SUNY POTSDAM POLICIES & RESOURCES

SYLLABUS CHANGE POLICY

This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.

 

CONTRACT OF AGREEMENT

Guidelines and Expectations Agreement - Click on the link, fill out form, and submit by September 11th.

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