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Leisure Skills Course Profiles

Dance

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  • Advanced Swing Dance (LS 229)

  • Ballroom Dance (LS 218)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Students develop an understanding of advanced dance methods, learn about dance at social and competitive levels, and increase knowledge of a variety of both smooth and Latin steps. Dances include tango, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot, and swing.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Ballroom dancing includes the Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, etc.From big band music to more modern music.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to ballroom dance & have fun.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Fun, Fun, Fun.

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Dennis Flemming

  • Belly Dance (LS 211)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces students to the Middle Eastern belly dance. In addition to learning choreography and belly dance skills, students are introduced to the traditions and origins of Middle Eastern belly dance.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Belly Dance I is an introductory course in the art form of Middle Eastern dance properly known as “Raqs Sharki”. Students are introduced to dance movements and isolations specific to belly dancing. Students also learn about the history of the art form and become familiar with the music, rhythms, and instruments of the Middle East. Students will learn how to play basic rhythms on Finger Cymbals.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    In addition to learning basic skills in Belly Dancing, students will learn correct posture, carriage, and coordination that can be utilized in daily life. Some students notice a positive impact on their self-esteem and body image.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Learning to isolate various sections of the body to execute belly dance movements; Learning to play the Finger Cymbals; Coordinating body and mind to dance AND play the finger cymbals at the same time.

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Yoga Mats, Finger Cymbals

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Students do not need to have a dance background or a certain body type or gender in order to be successful in Belly Dancing. Belly Dancing (in its many forms) is a dance celebrated by old and young, rich and poor, male and female in almost every country in the world today.

    Other students have said…
    "I really loved going to this class once a week! I looked forward to belly dancing every Wednesday, because I got to learn how to do really cool dance moves while having so much fun. It's not awkward and nobody cares if you can't dance well at first. It's a really great way to relieve stress in the week and become a better dancer. I highly recommend this class to everybody who enjoys dancing!" (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about belly dance at…
    www.shira.net

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Stephanie Pack

  • Country West Dance (LS 219)

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  • Intermediate Shag (LS 221)

  • Intermediate Swing Dance (LS 228)

  • Introduction to Swing Dance (LS 227)

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    Other students have said…
    "Before coming to Clemson I had been to a handful of swing dances, and always wished I could get better it. So, upon arrival here, I decided to take advantage of the Swing leisure skill. I thought I'd learn a few basic moves, but in a matter of weeks I felt more than confident enough to try some of the things we'd be learning in class on the dance floor. Overall it has been a great experience. I've learned a great skill, met some really fun people, participated in some great dance events, and felt like I was part of a bigger community here with the same interests. I would definitely encourage anyone to go ahead, jump in, and try something that you've always wanted to do." (Fall 2011)

    Sample Syllabus

  • Learn to Dance (LS 210)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Students develop an understanding of the qualities of dance, recognize the importance of dance as a leisure pursuit, and learn to dance to difference types of music. Dances include shag, waltz, cha-cha, foxtrot, as well as current dance trends.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Students will learn a variety of dances such as the shag, ballroom dancing & line dancing.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to dance & have fun.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Fun, Fun, Fun.

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Dennis Flemming

  • Shag (LS 220)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Develops an understanding of the South Carolina state dance, its history and impact on the state. Students learn more advanced steps in shag, including bellyroll, sugarfoot, slide step, tiptoe up the ladder, pivot, and the thirteen steps.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    The shag is SC state dance. It is a little slower and laid back dance than the jitterbug or swing dances.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to shag dance & have fun.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Fun, Fun, Fun.

    Other students have said…
    "Taking Beginner Shag was one of my best decisions at Clemson. It gave me a chance to take a break from tedious courses and have fun in class while learning how do to something that I love." (Fall 2010)

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Wednesday night at Pavillions Beach club & Grill is shag night

    Students can learn more about dance at…
    Shagdance.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Dennis Flemming
    Paul Hoke

    Sample Syllabus