DANCE 140 Ballet Technique I • 2 Cr.


Introduces the principles, techniques, and vocabulary of classical ballet. Students learn placement, flexibility, strength, and coordination. For beginning and advanced-beginning students. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the composition of a dancer's line and form and apply correct body alignment and posture to ballet technique.
  • Perform fundamental ballet conditioning exercises.
  • Identify basic ballet movements using French terminology Illustrate how a system of practice exercises at the barre prepares dancers for proper ballet technique.
  • Analyze the way in which acquired skills developed at the barre coordinate with movements in the center and across the floor.
  • Explain how musical phrasing is used in ballet.
  • Improve physical fitness and cultivate self-expression.
  • Outline how the mechanics of ballet technique can be used to progress toward a mastery of other dance styles.