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DANCE 107 B: Ballet Technique

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
MNY 267
Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby

Syllabus Description:

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Meeting Times: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Studio 267 (Located on 2nd floor of Meany Hall)

InstructorAlexandra Bradshaw-Yerby:

Office: 59J Meany Hall, Office Hours: Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

*note that emails will be responded to (within 24 hours) Monday - Friday between 9 am & 6 pm*


Course Description & Objectives

This is a beginning level ballet technique class. This course will focus on expanding your balletic vocabulary, improving your execution of movement skills, and refining your alignment and mechanics while dancing. This is primarily a movement based course. Brief lecture and discussion sessions will address a variety of ballet-related subjects such as basic anatomy for ballet and how to view ballet. Coursework includes attendance of one outside dance event.


Course Requirements & Assessment

You will be evaluated on the consistency of your growth as well as your level of energy, effort, and engagement. Your grade will be determined by Class Participation (90%) and by a Written Reflection of a Chamber Dance Company Concert (10%). 

If you are aware of any unavoidable circumstance that will make it impossible for you to complete the following course requirements in a timely and satisfactory manner, please email your instructor during the first week of the quarter. If you require disability accommodations please see below for procedure and contact information under “Academic Accommodations”.

A. Studio Participation (90%)

To learn and appreciate the art of dance, one must experience movement and the underlying theories that support its practice. This is akin to a lab class in the sciences.

  • consistent and engaged PARTICIPATION is absolutely crucial in order to succeed in this course. Participation includes a positive attitude, effort toward technical growth, as well as your ability to practice proper dance studio etiquette (see “studio conduct” info below)
  • ATTIRE is important. You are expected to come to class dressed appropriately (see “attire” info below)
  • an END OF TERM SHOWING will occur during the last day of classes. Multiple dance classes will participate in a joint dance technique showing where you will demonstrate movement phrases from dance class. These are fun, informal, and exciting events to which you may invite friends & family. You are required to attend. If you do not attend, 5% of your total participation grade will be deducted.
  • PUNCTUALITY is critical. Absences and tardiness take away from the participatory aspect of the course. You cannot stay on top of the material and actually improve if you are not in class. More than two absences will negatively impact your participation grade. There is no way to make up absences or tardies. If you are more than ten minutes late to class, you may not participate in class but are encouraged to actively watch (i.e you should not be on your phone or doing other tasks). If you are injured or ill but not contagious, you are expected to come to class and observe attentively.  Your instructor may give you an impromptu assignment on an observation day. If you are absent due to an illness for more than two classes, you are required to provide a doctor’s note excusing your absence due to illness.


B. CDC Performance Viewing and Written Reflection (10%) *DUE OCT 20*

You are required to attend one performance of the Chamber Dance Company (CDC) Concert at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The concert runs from Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 15. The showtimes are as follows:

Chamber Dance Company:

Thursday, October 12              7:30PM

Friday, October 13                  7:30PM

Saturday, October 14               7:30PM

Sunday, October 15                 2:00PM

Tickets $10 – 22 at:


After attending the performance, you must write a concert reflection to be submitted to the 107 B Canvas site by FRIDAY OCTOBER 20th.


Studio Conduct:

  • Understand the class structure and responsibilities of the learner.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the class structure by arriving in the studio prepared for class and allowing for sufficient time to set up.
  • Be respectful of your peers, instructor(s) and the musician at all times.
  • Receive and apply feedback and correction in a proactive and respectful manner.
  • Work safely and effectively in class and allow others to do so.
  • Apply focus and concentration.
  • If for some reason you are unable to dance, please inform the instructor before class begins to receive instructions for partial participation/observation.
  • In the event of an injury alert the instructor immediately.
  • No street shoes, gum, beverages or food are allowed in the studios; plastic water bottles are permitted.
  • Turn off or silence electronic devices before you enter the studio. We strongly suggest you do not check them during class time. Enjoy 90 minutes of unplugged time.


Attire/Personal Belongings:

  • Ballet slippers are not required but strongly suggested. You may work in bare feet or cotton socks. Unless you wear a size 13 or larger, you can purchase ballet slippers at Centerstage, 5012 University Way NE.
  • Please dress neatly and simply- no baggy clothing or excessive jewelry.
  • WE ARE A SCENT FREE ZONE. Many of us are allergic or sensitive to scents. Please refrain from wearing scented products of any kind.
  • Long hair should be pulled back and securely fastened so that you can dance at your best and without distraction.
  • In an effort to reduce the amount of hair in the studios we ask that you come into the studio with your hair already up and off your face. Please refrain from repeatedly taking down and putting up your hair throughout the class.
  • Do not wear shorts to dance classes unless below the knee. Please wear tights, leggings or sportswear that cover your legs to the mid-calf or below.
  • Please avoid wearing oily lotions to dance classes. These oils end up on the floor making is slippery and potentially unsafe.
  • Restrooms are not to be used for changing.
  • Be responsible for all your personal possessions. Personal possessions must be locked up during class session. (See "locker rental policies")


Locker Rental Policies: 

There are Day-Use lockers available for use for all students DURING CLASS ONLY. These lockers are located outside Meany 266. Students must provide their own lock and remove items at the end of class. These lockers are free of charge, but they are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are often full. Students must secure their belongings with a lock. As a convenience, the Dance Program sells locks for $5 cash/check in Meany 258. Items left in day-use lockers after class are subject to disposal. Lockers are also available to rent. Options for these are outlined below. Rented lockers are for the renter’s use only and items can be left overnight and over the weekend.

  • Locker rental is open to any student enrolled in a Dance Program course on a quarterly basis.  Rental is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • For Female Students:  Lockers are available to rent on the second floor at the far end of the hall (between studios 267 and 268).  Lockers are also available to rent in the women’s locker room located on the lower level.  A portion of lockers in the locker room are reserved for Majors Only.  
  • For Male Students:  Male students must rent lockers in the men's locker room located on the lower level. This is due to a locker shortage for female students. Exceptions can be made to this policy. Please see Kelly Canaday, Meany 258.
  • For students who would like an alternative space to the locker rooms we now have access to gender-neutral, single-stall restrooms on the basement level (059C and 059D). Please see Kelly Canaday, Meany 258, for locker options and directions to the restrooms.

To rent a locker, bring the claim form that is taped on the outside of the locker to Meany 258 with $10 cash/check. Dance Majors are eligible to rent lockers for the full year at a reduced rate of $25 for the year. Each rental locker comes with a lock—these locks must remain with the locker.  

  • Lockers and locks are the property of the Dance Program. Tampering with Dance Program property is subject to fine.
  • No refunds will be given on any quarterly locker rental.
  • Do not store perishable food or flammable/combustible items in lockers.
  • Students are responsible for removing locker contents at the end of the rental contract. Items remaining after the specified clean-out date will be given away or discarded. Locks must stay with rented lockers.


Course Fees:

At the beginning of each academic quarter, students who are registered in a course that has a fee attached to it will be charged and billed for that fee in addition to normal tuition. The course fee is subject to the same billing and collection process as tuition. Course fees in the Dance Program are used for studio maintenance and upkeep, musicians, musical instruments and equipment, and special guests that relate directly to your courses.

If you drop a course by the 14th calendar day of the quarter, the Course Fee is automatically cancelled from your account. If the course is dropped after the 14th calendar day, the Course Fee remains on your account. The Dance Program does not give refunds on course fees for courses dropped after the 14th calendar day of the quarter. Students need to make every effort to solidify their Dance Program class schedule well before the end of the second week of the quarter.



The Dance Program does not have a uniform absence policy, however, we all ask that you do not come to class if you have a contagious illness. Stay home and get well. Please be sure to email your instructor the reason for your absence. All students are reminded that it is their responsibility to understand the requirements of each course within the Program and act accordingly.

Missed classes: There are no make up classes or incompletes given for dance technique courses. If you become injured or suffer a prolonged illness during the quarter then you will need to schedule an appointment with your instructor (or send an email) to discuss your situation and develop a plan of action. For disability accommodations with regard to absences, see below.


Academic Accommodations:

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

It is imperative that you meet with the instructor for your course within the first full week of school, (in this case, by the end of the day on Friday, October 3), to make arrangements to discuss accommodations. To assist in defining how many absences may be reasonable, and to discuss the unique environment of studio based dance courses, we will both need to complete a Disability Related Absence Agreement:

This form gets filed with DRS. It is important that you understand that there is no way to make up for missed technique classes. You are evaluated on your time in class and on your own improvement in the class. This absences agreement will reflect this information.


Academic Honesty:

Students at the University of Washington are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct. Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct are considered serious offenses and could result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or permanent dismissal from the University.

For more information on Academic Honesty (Cheating and Plagiarism) see:

For information on Student Standards of Conduct see:


Technique Grading Policy:

The Dance Program utilizes a limited grading system for dance technique classes.  The following criteria are used for assessing and grading the demonstration of skills and understanding of movement concepts in all dance technique courses. Final grades may also be affected by other factors (such as homework assignments and attendance). Please consult with each instructor /course syllabus for additional information relating to requirements, assessment and grading policies. If you are very concerned about how this new system might affect your overall GPA, you should consider signing up for technique on a S/NS basis.

Instructors may allot grades in half point increments (e.g. 3.5, 2.5, 1.5) if student demonstrates traits from two or more grading profiles. 

A 4.0 student:

  • Displays technical mastery over movement material presented in class.
  • Effectively integrates feedback offered by the instructor, and is consistent in applying this feedback through self-correction.
  • Demonstrates self-directed learning.
  • Consistently works responsibly both independently and collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.
  • Makes informed choices about the development of individual artistic voice. 


A 3.0 student:

  • Displays technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Displays continual effort to integrate feedback offered by the instructor, but may rely on instructor for prompts to correct and implement.
  • Is developing skills in self-directed learning.
  • Can work responsibly both independently and collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.
  • Demonstrates some evidence in development of individual artistic voice.


A 2.0 student:

  • Does not display technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Has difficulty integrating feedback offered by the instructor, and relies on instructor for prompts to correct and implement.
  • Lacks awareness to do effective independent work.
  • Is inconsistent in working collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.


A 1.0 student:

  • Does not display technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Does not integrate feedback offered by the instructor.
  • Lacks awareness to do effective independent work.
  • Does not work collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving. 


Catalog Description: 
Beginning-level technique. Development of basic ballet technique and terminology. Prerequisite: either DANCE 103, DANCE 108, or DANCE 109. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:16pm