Dance

  • Beginning Ballet
    • This course provides the beginning classical study of ballet, the historical background of ballet and the knowledge and understanding of its cultural heritage. The course provides an appreciation of ballet as an instrument of expression and social identity. It also provides opportunities to learn and perform various barre and center combinations, improve and refine body alignment, as will as demonstrate the techniques of classical ballet. The course provides a keener sense of body awareness, musicality and greater appreciation of the ballet discipline. Knowledge of appropriate ballet terminology is also presented.
  • Intermediate Ballet
    • This course provides the intermediate classical study of ballet, the historical background of ballet and the knowledge and understanding of its cultural heritage. Intermediate ballet increases the level of difficulty in barre technique and provides extended center combination work. Concentration and continual refinement on body alignment is main focus of the course, as well as execution of correct technique of classical ballet. The course provides a keener sense of body and spatial awareness, musicality, and various ballet forms. Knowledge of appropriate ballet terminology is also continually reviewed.
  • Beginning Ballroom Dance
    • This course provides a historical background of ballroom dance and explains the influences reflected by cultural attitudes and interests towards ballroom dance. It provides the knowledge and understanding of social dance etiquette skills in relation to ballroom dance, and discusses the factors that promoted change in the styles of ballroom dance through the eras such as the media, fads, etc. Ballroom dance provides basic competencies in step patterns, rhythm &timing, body carriage, formations, positions, and leading and following techniques. In addition, it provides opportunity to perform and identify the basic movement skills used in a variety of dances. The course also provides correct use of vocabulary used in ballroom dance and a greater appreciation for ball room dance as an educational and recreational dance form.
  • Intermediate Ballroom Dance
    • This course reviews the historical back ground of ball room dance and the influences reflected by cultural attitudes and interests towards ballroom dance. It also reviews social dance etiquette skills of ball room dance, and continues to discuss the factors that promoted change in the styles of ball room dance through the eras such as the media and fads. Intermediate ballroom dance provides a more in-dept and continual learning of competencies in step patterns, rhythmical and timing skills, body carriage, formations, positions, and leading and following techniques. In addition, it provides opportunity to perform and identify more complex movement skills used in the Latin form s of ballroom dancing. The course reviews and utilizes correct use of vocabulary used in ballroom dance.
  • Country & Western Dance
    • Country Western dancing is one of Aggieland’s favorite activities! This beginning class offers instruction in the Cotton Eyed Joe, Country Waltz, Polka, Two Step, and Jitterbug. Students learn rhythm, leading and following techniques, steps, and turns for each dance, as well as proper dance etiquette and body carriage.  The course provides students with the skills to continue county western dancing outside of the classroom and engage in social dance as a lifetime fitness activity.
  • Beginning Folk Dance
    • This course provides a historical background or representative folk dances and the cultural influences that signify the heritage of these dances. It explores the knowledge and understanding of the basic fundamentals of folk dance. This will be accomplished through the appreciation of other countries' values, traditions and symbolic meanings expressed through dance. In addition, the student will expand his/her awareness of folk dance through reading, using correct vocabulary, observation of videos, and performance of specific movements and skills relating to each particular folk dance.
  • Beginning Jazz Dance
    • This course provides the beginning technical study of jazz dance. It provides a historical background of the birth of jazz dance and its cultural heritage. The course instructs on the basic steps, concepts and techniques used to develop motor and rhythmical skills necessary for jazz movement. Jazz dance also encourages individual style and creativity towards developing and learning various combinations, locomotor and axial phrase. Jazz dance provides the opportunity to develop coordination, stamina, flexibility and a greater appreciation of jazz dance. Format of class may include warm-up, axial/locomotor phrases, center combinations, preparatory work for turns/leaps and cool-down.
  • Intermediate Jazz Dance
    • This course provides the intermediate technical study of jazz dance and a review on the historical background of the birth of jazz dance and its cultural heritage. The course encourages individual style, creativity, and ideas toward developing and learning various combination, locomotor and axial phrases and composition study. Jazz dance encompasses the physical and artistic exploration of traditional and contemporary training methods and provides the opportunity to continue development of coordination, stamina, and flexibility. Intermediate jazz dance solos focus on the ability to learn several jazz forms such as traditional, lyrical and hip-hop. Format of the class my include war-up, increased axial/locomotor phase work, several combinations for various jazz styles, composition study and cool-down.
  • Advanced Jazz Dance
    • This course is designed to provide the advanced technical study of jazz dance. It reviews and discusses the historical background of jazz dance, its cultural heritage, and studies significant jazz artists and their impacts on jazz dance and society. Jazz dance encompasses the physical and artistic exploration of traditional and contemporary training methods, various jazz techniques and personal style of the instructor, which emphasize rhythmical movement challenges. The course provides an environment to apply and utilize prior knowledge and individual style on learning extended jazz combinations, complex locomotor and axial phrases and creativity towards developing student choreography. This course continues increased development of coordination, endurance and flexibility necessary for performing extensive jazz combinations and rhythmical skills, which is a primary focus of the advanced class. Format of the class may include warm-up, complex axial/locomotor phrase work, extended and intensified combinations of various jazz styles, choreography and cool-down.
  • Latin Dance
    • This course provides an overview of social dances with a Latin origin and explains the influences reflected by cultural attitudes and interests towards Latin dance.  Dances such as Cha-Cha, Rumba, Tango, Samba and Merengue may be included. It provides the knowledge and understanding of social dance etiquette skills in relation to Latin dance, and discusses the factors that promoted change in the styles of Latin dance through the eras such as the media, fads, etc. Latin dance provides basic competencies in step patterns, rhythm &timing, body carriage, formations, positions, and leading and following techniques. In addition, it provides opportunity to perform and identify the basic movement skills used in a variety of dances. The course also provides correct use of vocabulary used in ballroom dance and a greater appreciation for ball room dance as an educational and recreational dance form.
  • Beginning Modern Dance
    • This course is designed to provide the beginning technical study of contemporary modern dance. It provides a historical background in regards to the pioneers of modern dance and explores the development of modern dance as a new dance form within society. Beginning modern dance instructs on the basic introductory training methods and the physical and artistic differences and aspects of the modern dance influences. It also introduces popular techniques such as Graham, Limon, Ailey and Hawkins. The course provides a basic understanding of modern dance concepts, qualities and dynamics including, fall and release methods, use of breath and body weight, locomotor and axial movement phrases, and spatial awareness. The format of the class may include warm-up, developmental section, locomotor and axial dance phrases, and cool-down.
  • Intermediate Modern Dance
    • This course is designed to provide the intermediate technical study of contemporary modern dance. It reviews the historical background in regards to the pioneers of modern dance and its development as a new dance form within the society. Modern dance encompasses the physical and artistic exploration of various training methods and concentrates on techniques such as Graham, Cunningham, Taylor and Hawkins. It promotes individual style towards creating, learning and interpreting various dance combinations. The course provides the continual study and understanding of modern dance concepts, qualities and dynamics including, fall and release methods, use of breath and body weight, locomotor and axial movements phrases, and spatial awareness. Intermediate modern dance also increases the focus of compositional study on creating movement and developing choreography. The format of the class may include warm-up, developmental section, extended locomotor/axial dance phrases, center combinations and brief cool-down.
  • Advanced Modern Dance
    • This course is designed to provide the advanced technical study of contemporary modern dance. It reviews and discusses the historical background in regards to the pioneers of modern dance, their influence in the dance arena and its development and impact as a new dance form within the society. Modern dance encompasses the physical and artistic exploration of both traditional and contemporary training methods. The movement content contains the personal style of the instructor, (evolving from her years of study), various technique forms and contemporary ballet methods, which emphasize movement challenging. The course provides an environment to apply and utilize the modern dance concepts, qualities and dynamics studied in the beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced modern concentrates extensively on performance combinations and choreographic work. The format of the class may include warm-up, developmental section, locomotor/axial dance phrases, extended and intensified dance combinations, choreography and brief cool-down.
  • Beginning Tap Dance
    • This course provides the beginning technical study of tap dance. A historical background of tap dance introduced as well as its origins and influences that shapes its cultural heritage. The course provides basic concepts of tap including coordination, agility, rhythm and timing sequences, phrase work and musicality. Students are provided the opportunity to create, perform and identify tap dance combinations, developmental and rhythmical movement skills. In addition, this course presents correct vocabulary commonly used in a tap class and offers the opportunity to develop and appreciation of tap dance.
  • Intermediate Tap Dance
    • This course provides the intermediate technical study of tap dance. A review of the historical background, origins and influences of tap dance are discussed. The course reviews and continues the study of basic concepts of tap including coordination, agility, and rhythm & timing sequences. It also provides students the opportunity to create, learn, perform and identify more complex rhythmical steps, combinations and movement skills. Correct vocabulary of tap dance is used regularly within the tap class.