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PE 452 Introduction to Choreography (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course introduces students to choreography with an emphasis on basic steps and combinations, creating dances, terminology, music, and appreciation of dance as a performing art form.

PE 458 Latin American Dance Cultures (3) UC:CSU
Note: Credit given for only one of Chicano Studies 58 or Dance Studies 458.

Lecture, 3 hours

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This class focuses on Latin American folk dance appreciation, studying dance as culture, and how each region manifests its traditions, history, and lifestyle as expressed through movement. Students explore and analyze folk dances and how they are reflected by the worldview of people who practice them. They also analyze symbolic movements from selected dances to recognize the quality of movement and the relationship between religious and secular dances.

PE 814 Dance Production I (1) UC:CSU RPT2

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course develops knowledge and skill in organizing and handling a dance production. In addition to increasing dance technique, an opportunity to perform in a dance production is provided.

PE 820 Dance Production II (4) UC:CSU

Lecture, 2 hours; Laboratory, 4 hours

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This course provides instruction and laboratory experience in methods and techniques involved in producing a dance concert: including rehearsal management, scheduling, choreographic applications, lighting, costuming, publicity, audition and performance skills, dance critique and assessment.

PE 822 Dance Rehearsal and Performance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course provides students structured rehearsal time which culminates in a performance. Students participate as dancers and production personnel and may perform on campus and/ or on tour.

PE 826 Dance Performance Company (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course develops knowledge and techniques to perform in a professional dance company. In addition to exploring various dance techniques, it offers an opportunity to choreograph and perform with the East Los Angeles College Dance Company, as well as touring opportunities to local schools.

PE 225 Yoga Skills (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course identifies movements, body positions and techniques of dance to use as therapy--to reduce stress. The course assists with the development of flexibility and strength in the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. The course improves circulation and increases energy levels. Through the use of dance movements, yoga positions, and breathing exercises, students practice concentration and relaxation.

PE 325 Body Sculpting for Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course utilizes a combination of weight-bearing devices and activities within several series of exercises put to music. Stamina, agility, balance, and coordination (all necessary skills in dance) increase through the repetitious execution of floor work, stationary standing, and locomotive exercises all developed to deliver low weight to major muscle groups and full range of motion of joints. Over time, muscular endurance increases, thereby creating a firm and toned physique.

PE 333 Pilates Skills for Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course focuses on the functional muscle mechanics that enable an individual to move with balance, coordination, posture, and alignment of the body. Using movements on the floor and creating kinesthetic awareness, students position their complex muscle system to achieve strength and flexibility.

PE 400 Stress Management Techniques Through Dance and Movement (1) CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course helps identify stressor and introduce techniques of dance and dance therapy. Movement meditations, therapeutic movement studies, breathing exercises, yoga, physical therapy and relaxation exercises are introduced. Multicultural rhythms and dance forms are used to enhance group experience.

PE 419 Mexican Folklorico Skills (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course teaches skills and dance from six or more of Mexico’s dance regions. Emphasis is placed on the historical and cultural context of the development of these dances. Students learn to execute dance steps and patterns with the style appropriate to each region. Discussion of costumes and crafts pertinent to the dances is included.

PE 431 Modern Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This is an introductory course to modern dance designed to acquaint the student with basic techniques and styles of modern dance. Emphasis is placed on individual expression of integration and creativity. Some dance history is emphasized.

PE 434 Ballet (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course emphasizes and introduces students to ballet through basic steps and combinations, terminology, music, and appreciation of dance as a performing art form.

PE 437 Jazz Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course introduces students to the basic performance based dance technique of jazz. Standardized basic steps are utilized to create an understanding of musical phrasing and rhythms by combining these steps, as well as other creative variations, into small dances. Brief historical conversations of movement ethnology are discussed.

PE 440 Social Dance (1) UC:CSU

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course is an introduction to the basic forms of social dance, with emphasis on Salsa and Latin forms. The history, music, basic rhythms, and cultural influences of the dances are covered.

PE 446 Tap Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course introduces students to tap dance with an emphasis on basic steps and combinations, terminology, music, and appreciation of dance as a performing art form.

PE 460 Ballet Techniques (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course introduces students to classical ballet through basic step sequences and combinations, terminology, music, and appreciation of dance as a performing art form.

PE 462 Modern Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course is an introduction to modern dance. Instruction includes basic techniques, skill performance, theory, various styles, and exposure to history and development of modern dance forms as we know them today. Emphasis is placed on individual expression and integration of creativity.

PE 463 Modern Jazz (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course introduces students to the basic performance based dance technique of jazz. Standardized basic steps are utilized to create an understanding of musical phrasing and rhythms by combining these steps, as well as other creative variations, into small dances. Brief historical conversations of movement ethnology are discussed.

PE 464 Tap Dance Technique (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course provides students the opportunity to learn and develop tap dance skills. Besides learning the basic elements of this dance style, emphasis is placed in developing skills to moderate performance level. In addition, students learn step terminology and music appreciation for this dance as an art form.

PE 468 Jazz Dance Combination (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course introduces students to an intermediate approach to the performance-based dance technique of Jazz. Standard, compound and complex basic and intermediate steps are utilized to create an understanding of musical phrasing and rhythms by combining these steps, as well as other creative variations, into small dances. Throughout the course, these small dances are combined periodically and systematically until a complete dance or choreographic work has been produced. Brief historical conversations of movement ethnology will arise.

PE 469 Conditioning for Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course utilizes a combination of movement skills and activities within several series of exercises put to music. The five components of physical fitness are developed by incorporating continuous dance exercises. The motor skills of stamina, agility, balance, and coordination increase through the repetitious execution of floor work, stationary standing, and locomotive exercises all developed to deliver low weight to major muscle groups and full range of motion about the joints. Over time, muscular and cardiovascular endurance increase, thereby creating a firm and toned physique, as well as a healthy and efficient cardio-respiratory system.

PE 471 Dance Company (1) CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course develops knowledge and skill in organizing and handling a dance production. In addition to improving dance technique, an opportunity to choreograph and perform in a dance production is provided, as well as touring opportunities to local schools.

PE 472 Social Dance Activities (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course introduces to the basic social dances of waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, cha cha, polka, salsa, country western, swing, disco, tango, novelty, and fad dances. The dance history and the cultural background of each dance are presented. Music selection, basic rhythms and cultural influences on dance and music are also covered.

PE 481 Jalisco Dance Technique (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course presents the dance techniques and styling unique to the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It includes male and female movement roles as well interpretation of this vigorous footwork and skirt movement. It also emphasizes the aesthetic values necessary to perform to mariachi music.

PE 482 Border to Border: Mexican Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course improves dance performance skills in a variety of Mexican dance styles. The student learns to interpret mestizo dances, define male/female roles, footwork styles, and body movements. It covers the application of artistic values inherent in each dance studied. Also included is historical and cultural context of the dances’ development and discussions of costumes pertinent to each dance.

PE 483 Hip-Hop Dance Skills (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course is an exploration into the basic technique of Hip Hop and Funk dance. Musicality, rhythms, and various styles of both Hip Hop and Funk are covered.

PE 484 Banda Aerobics (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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Banda aerobics represents steps and movements of prancing and trotting of horses. It is commonly known as Banda or Quebradita. Using this form of dance aerobically, students are able to increase elasticity of muscles and improve the cardiovascular system.nt

PE 485 Ritual Dances of Mexico (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course studies the vernacular dance dramas of Mexico. Students learn to appreciate, demonstrate, and preserve the values of ritual dance and to understand the dance syncretism. Students analyze how these “danzas” play a religious and cultural role in the lives of the performers.

PE 486 Banda Ranchera Technique (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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Banda Ranchera was developed in California among the Latino community. This social dance, representing steps and movements of the prancing and trotting of horses, is commonly known as banda or Quebradita. The dance improves the cardiovascular system and strengthens muscles.

PE 487 Hip-Hop Techniques (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course provides opportunities to explore the functions of the body in relationship to music, to develop and condition the body for Hip-Hop dancing, and acquire and study the technique of this type of movement.

PE 488 Jalisco Dance Style (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course presents the dance techniques and styling unique to the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It includes male and female movement roles as well as interpretation of vigorous footwork and skirt movement. It also emphasizes the aesthetic value necessary to perform to mariachi music.

PE 489 Salsa Casino (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course covers an intensified dance technique to develop skills in Salsa dance style. It begins with basic steps and learning how to use the floor patterns to develop poise and character to perform elegant, sophisticated, and attractive steps.

PE 490 Mangrove Salsa (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 2 hours

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This course covers theory and dance technique to develop skills in Salsa dance style. It begins with basic steps and learning how to use the floor patterns to develop appeal to perform attractive steps.

PE 535 Dance Team Techniques (2) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 6 hours

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This course focuses on techniques, performance qualities, and routines for the Dance Team. Students are required to perform at selected dance department events and/or Dance Team competitions as part of this course requirement. This course is required for the East Los Angeles College Dance Team.

PE 570 Conditioning for Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course develops knowledge and provides skills to condition the body for dance. In addition to exploring various conditioning programs, it offers an opportunity to enhance dance techniques.

PE 600 Pilates for Dance (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course focuses on the functional musculoskeletal alignment that facilitates muscular force and flexibility at the joint level. The Pilates method stimulates circulation through movements that enable an individual to move with balance, coordination, posture, and poise. Using movements on the floor, students create kinesthetic awareness and precise coordination.

PE 668 Body Dynamics (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This course utilizes a combination of movement skills and activities within several series of exercises put to music. The components of physical fitness are developed by incorporating continuous dance exercises. The motor skills of stamina, agility, balance, and coordination increase through the repetition of execution of floor work, stationary standing, and locomotive exercises all developed of deliver low weight to major muscle groups and full range of motion about the joints. Over time, muscular and cardiovascular endurance increase, thereby creating a firm and toe physique, as well as a healthy and efficient cardio-respiratory system.

PE 696 Yoga (1) UC:CSU RPT3

Laboratory, 3 hours

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This introductory yoga course provides conditioning, flexibility, and endurance to supplement dance techniques. This class focuses on the development of the body/mind through the use of specific yoga postures, breathing techniques, stretches, mental exercises and relaxation exercises to obtain greater concentration, self-discipline and improved physical, mental and emotional health.