Paul Zmolek
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Theatre and Dance

DANC 1100-01 BALLET I - 2 credit – Fall 2013
TR 9:00-10:20 AM, Red Hill Building 103

Course Description

Beginning barre, center floor, and movement combinations. Phrase material learned in class is performed for class members and for an end of semester informal presentation. Students are required to attend live performances and view dance video work outside of class. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. F, S


Method of Presentation and Course Content

In order to reach the objectives of this course, experiential learning is the only method acceptable. In order to know dance wholly, it must be experienced kinesthetically, spatially, rhythmically, emotionally, and intellectually through the expression of movement. You will dance in combination with imitation, visualization and interpretation of instructor movement demonstration, verbal guidance, and sound and music. In order to learn, you must be willing to attempt new and challenging activities without fear of failure and be supportive of your classmates’ learning process.

Classes are designed to follow a natural progression; both conceptually and physiologically. Class most usually will begin with fundamental exercises to warm the body, focusing on body awareness and body alignment narrowing down to specific body parts. This progression is designed to gradually prepare your body for the more active movements and combinations at the end of class. For this reason, you must participate in the exercises at the beginning of each class for you to safely dance the entirety of class. Improvisation will be used to explore movement concepts as well as cognitive skills.


Regular and active participation. Your participation grade will be based upon your attendance and active involvement in class activities. To receive full credit you need to be fully involved in class. If you cannot participate physically on any given day you will still be expected to participate intellectually by watching the class and writing a synopsis of that class.

YOU CANNOT MAKE-UP CLASSES YOU HAVE MISSED by attending other classes.

ANY TARDY STUDENT MUST RECEIVE PERMISSION FROM THE INSTRUCTOR IN ORDER TO JOIN IN THE CLASS THAT IS ALREADY IN PROGRESS! As a general rule, if you hear the music playing and/or it is 5 minutes past the start time of class, you are too late to participate.

You will be expected to attend each class on time, properly attired. I want to see your body and I expect a neat and functional appearance. Shoes are optional. Avoid big jewelry or loose hair. Be ready to move.

Skills Level/Attainment & Final  These will be evaluations of your overall level in ballet and your improvement throughout the semester.

Attendance of a live Dance performance. Bare Bones: ISU Dance in Concert. October 31, November 1, 2, 4. A 1-2 page typewritten critical description of what you saw and your critical reaction is required. You will need to attach your ticket stub to the report. All papers must be typed. I will not accept handwritten or late papers.

Go To: for guidelines how to write your response.

Plagiarism Policy
Students should be aware of ISU’s policies on academic dishonesty:

"PLAGIARISM is defined as representing another person’s words, ideas, data or work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the exact duplication of another’s work and the incorporation of a substantial or essential portion thereof without the appropriate citation. ... The guiding principle is that all work submitted must be properly credited to the original source(s) of the information. In written work, direct quotations, statements which are paraphrased, summarizations of the work of another, and other information which is not considered common knowledge must be cited or acknowledged, usually in the form of a footnote. Quotation marks or a proper form of identification shall be used to indicate direct quotations."

The Policy further states that instructors may penalize students for academic dishonesty by giving a grade reduction on the work in question, giving a failing grade for the course, and giving a failing grade for the course with a notation on the student’s transcript. Additional penalties may be assigned at the university level, including suspension from the university and expulsion from the university.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a disability or think you have a disability (physical, learning disability, hearing, vision, psychiatric) which may need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the ADA Disabilities & Resource Center located in Graveley Hall, Room 123, 282-3599 as early as possible.

Grading Policy



Skills Level/Attainment


Performance Critique






A= 200-180 exceptional work, demonstrating consistently excellent performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding.

B= 179-160 very good to outstanding work most of the time demonstrating a high degree of excellence in performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding, particularly as the term progresses.

C= 159- 140 fundamental mastery of skill, steady growth, good participation, appropriate attendance, basic theoretical and aesthetic understanding.

D= 139-120 performance marred by lapses in attendance, attention, attitude or missing course work.

F= 119-0 performance interrupted by significant absence or failure to complete expected course work.

FINAL EXAM Thursday, Dec 19, 8:00 am-9:30am