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DAN 104 - Tap Dance 1, Experimental

Credits: 3
3 Skills Lab Hours

This course is an introduction to tap dance.  Students acquire an understanding of the foundational principles and techniques characteristic of tap dance.   Emphasis is placed on the communicative nature of dance as an art form.  Various dance skills encourage body awareness and a commitment to physical activity.  No prior dance training is required.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain dance as an art form.
  2. Show an increase in body awareness, muscular strength, cardiovascular capacity, coordination and movement precision.
  3. Demonstrate the communicative nature of dance and use it as a means of artistic expression.
  4. Prepare a paper analyzing the history of tap dance and famous choreographic contributions with relevance to the art form.
  5. Choreograph and perform a short tap dance solo
Listed Topics
  1. Warmups
  2. Across the floor activities
  3. Center combinations
  4. Fundamental tap dance terminology
  5. Basic tap technique
  6. Posture and sense of line throughout body
  7. Weight change, coordination and balance
  8. Movement fluidity and style
  9. Awareness of tone
  10. Clarity and articulation of sound
  11. Count structures and musical phrasing
  12. Varying rhythmic and meter structures
  13. Concepts of qualitative changes in sound dynamics
  14. History of tap dance
  15. Variety of choreographic composition
Reference Materials
Tap shoes are required.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship

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