DANC 268: Intermediate 2 Hip-Hop Dance

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2021
Credits: 1
Total Contact Hours: 36
Lecture Hours : 18
Lab Hours: 18
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 36
Prerequisite: DANC 258.
District General Education: E1. Dance Activity
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

A survey of the intermediate to advanced level skills of hip-hop dance technique and history. This class provides intermediate to advanced level technique, warm-ups, stretching, body control and stamina progressing through hip-hop dance combinations. This class prepares students specifically for occupational dance performance techniques in the hip-hop commercial dance industry. 18 lecture hours, 18 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the intermediate to advanced level of hip-hop dance, including terminology, warm-up and stretching exercises
  • Demonstrate an ability to execute intermediate to advanced level jumps, turns and pop and lock combinations as directed by the instructor
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of in-depth hip-hop historical perspectives as it relates to the idiom of hip-hop dance form
  • Demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level kinesthetic perception of line, movement, rhythm, and coordination, thereby using the body as an instrument of expression

Major Course Content

  1. Intermediate to advanced techniques of hip-hop dance in short combinations
    1. Chassé and Rhythm slides, Pique turns, double or triple pique
    2. Pas de bourreé, pas de bouree turns
    3. Harlem Shake, popping and locking, "crunking", street "floor work"
    4. Pivot turn, syncopated rhythms.
    5. Chaînés turn, in demi-plie and releve 
    6. Inside pirouette turn, triple, double and single
    7. Outside pirouette turn, double and single
    8. Single tuck jump, axels
    9. Pas de chat jump, in variation 
    10. Sauté sequences combined with floor work
  2. The relationship between music and hip-hop dance
    1. Rhythm, syncopated rhythms, intermediate to advanced
    2. Accent
    3. Phrasing, extended sequences
    4. Choreo-musical qualities inherent within the hip-hop dance genre at the intermediate to advanced
    5. In-depth Historical Perspectives and Hip-Hop Culture in the 20th/21st Century
    6. In-depth improvisation: self-creation of movement by exploring levels, shapes and dynamics, including group work
    7. Overview of origins of style including, but not limited to, prominent hip-hop choreographers, dancers and teachers, specific eras, social dance, and vernacular sub-genres within the hip-hop culture.

Lab Content

  1. Warm-up:  conditioning for intermediate to advanced level hip-hop dancers, exercises to increase strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and articulation
    1. Push-ups and upper body strengthening, balance holds 
    2. Sit-ups and core strengthening, core balances
    3. Various upper body, back and torso stretches, splits
    4. Lower body leg, ankle and metatarsal strengthening 
    5. Quad, hamstring, and calf stretches 
    6. Cardiovascular endurance and active stretches 
    7. Proper alignment during warm-up
  2. Intermediate to advanced hip-hop body positions and movement patterns
    1. Intermediate to advanced Body Waving
    2. Intermediate to advanced Popping (tensing and releasing of specific muscle groups)
    3. Port de bras and arm placement, complex
    4. Upper body and torso placement, complex 
    5. Coordination and timing of arms during glides, slides and backslides, syncopations added
    6. Leg and ankle placement before, during glides, slides and backslides, intermediate to advanced
    7. Isolations, multiple and complex combinations involving various joints and muscle systems
    8. Weight change in axial and locomotor patterns
    9. Direction change in axial and locomotor patterns
    10. Spatial awareness in conjunction with changing facings

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Internet Research on Hip-Hop Culture and Artists Music Research on Hip-Hop Music Practicum Study of In Class Assignments, Combinations

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Research Essay of Hip-Hop Music Research Essay, Presentation of Hip-Hop Artist

Examples of Outside Assignments

Research Presentation of Diversity of Hip-Hop Culture

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Lab, Online Education Lecture, Online Education Lab