Paul Zmolek
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Theatre and Dance

DAAC 1100 Dance Basics- 1 credit – Spring 2013
TR 3:00-3:50, Red Hill Building 103

Elements of Movement Glossary of Terms Illio Psoas

Introduction and exploration of the basic terms and concepts of dance fundamental to ballet, jazz, modern and social dance techniques. Through the techniques of ballet barre, center floor work, and across-the-floor movement combinations, students will practice conditioning, strength, flexibility, alignment coordination, rhythm, musicality, body and spatial awareness.


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 will begin with fundamental exercises to warm the body, focusing on body awareness and body alignment followed by exercises at the barre and in the center of the floor to target 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 may be used to explore movement concepts as well as cognitive skills.


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



Skill (technical proficiency)


Growth and Development


Skills Assessment

A= 100-90 exceptional work, demonstrating consistently excellent performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding.

B= 89-80 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= 79- 70 fundamental mastery of skill, steady growth, good participation, appropriate attendance, basic theoretical and aesthetic understanding.

D= 69-60 performance marred by lapses in attendance, attention, attitude or missing course work.

F= 89-0 performance interrupted by significant absence or failure to complete expected course work.

NOTE: Last day to withdraw is March 22, 2013.

Elements of Movement Glossary of Terms Illio Psoas