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									Pasadena City College
Department of Dance
Pilates-Based Method for Alignment and Correction/Dance 13
Instructor: Professor Magee/ e-mail: crmagee@pasadena.edu
Telephone: (626) 585-7792

Dear Student,

Welcome to Pilates. I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead you as a specialist in
the department, and I hope this syllabus will provide you with some helpful information
as we begin to learn some of the correctives work based on exercises and concepts
developed by Joseph H. Pilates. Mat work with emphasis exercises on improved body
alignment, strength, flexibility, control, coordination and breathing. Also, you will be
introduced to a floor Barre as in ballet and Hatha Yoga as additional supplemental work
for more improved fitness.

Your interest and ENTHUSIATIC PARTICIPATION IS THE BACKBONE OF THE
COURSE! So, I challenge you to participate fully. “Characteristics of a Successful
Student, is recommended and is credited to academic.cuesta.edu, that is, Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo County Community College District. Please make sure you peruse this
documentation thoroughly before we embark upon this course. I believe you will find
this material invaluable for all of your college work here at Pasadena City College and
beyond.

Course Description

        Alignment and correctives work based on exercises and concepts developed by
Joseph H. Pilates. Mat work with emphasis exercises on improved body alignment,
strength, flexibility, control, coordination and breathing.

Student Learning Objectives

      Demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in mat work and exercises on mats.
      Analyze the Pilates principles as applied to all levels of techniques: control,
       centering, concentration, flow, breathing, precision.
      Evaluate improved body alignment.
      Exhibit increased abdominal strength and pelvic stability.
      Show development of increased range of motion and flexibility.
      Demonstrate improved awareness of the body and movement.
      Demonstrate and learn other related conditioning exercise programs such as Hatha
       Yoga as a bonus to keeping fit and healthy.
Requirements

Attendance is mandatory along with punctuality and full class participation and
preparation of the assigned physical activities. Daily grooming and showers with clean
body wear. Tardiness and poor citizenship will affect your grade. Latecomers are
distracting and risk injury because they are not warmed up properly. Students arriving
late are requested to enter quietly and join in with the class activities without disturbing
your fellow students or the instructor in the learning and teaching process. Silence all
cell phones and electronic devices before entering class.

1. Provide your own Pilates mat for class. Again, Pilates is a physical activity, your
   attendance and full participation is crucial in receiving the information and
   developing and improving. Be punctual to class, dressed and ready to move on time.
   Dress in appropriate activity attire which allows comfort and the ability to stretch
   totally. Please inform me of any physical conditions or health concerns that may
   limit full participation. If your physical condition and health is poor, you will need a
   doctor to clear you for the physical demands required in Pilates. You may not sit
   throughout the semester to earn a one unit credit even with a doctor’s certificate.
2. You have one absence for Summer and three for Fall and or Spring semester(s) before
   your grade is lowered to the next whole letter grade. Thereby, an “A becomes B”, and
   so on. The absences, includes and is not limited to other course field trips,
   doctor/dental appointment(s) or personal necessity leave. Therefore, absences will
   not be discussed unless for extreme life/death circumstances. Please do not ask to be
   an exception! In compliance with the PCC Drop Policy, “A student may be
   dropped by the instructor when the total number of continuous or cumulative
   absences, regardless of cause, is equal to the number of hours the class is
   scheduled to meet in a two week period.”

3. Walking out of class without permission and before the end of class is rude and
   disruptive to the flow of activity and the learning/teaching process. Please do not talk
   unnecessarily during class instruction. Pay attention when your instructor is working
   with another student. You will be expected to make same corrections with your skill.
   Approach the class with a positive attitude and openness to learning and you will do
   well. No eating, smoking or gum chewing is permitted in the studio. Only capped
   bottled water is allowed. Please inform Miss Magee prior to class if you must leave
   early. Three leave earlier than regular dismissal may be considered an absence, as
   does tardiest.

4. You may be expelled from the college if you are caught cheating on an exam.

5. You may be dropped from the course if you make derogatory remarks, use profanity,
   continually talk in class, or miss 4 class meetings.

6. The last day to drop the course and receive a no “W” is September 9, 2012. The last
   day to drop with a “W” is November 11, 2012.
Drop for unsatisfactory conduct or citizenship: I strictly adhere to the following PCC
Policy (from the College Catalog) “Drop for unsatisfactory conduct setting not limited
to, cheating, plagiarism and collusion, and any form of hazing (subjection of another
to any embarrassment, ridicule, or an abusive act…, will result in the student’s
immediate removal from the course, and possible removal from the campus.
Classroom disruptions will not be tolerated; if, after issuing a warning to a student
in class the student continues to be disruptive, the instructor may ask the student to
leave the class. Ultimately students who disregard the student code of conduct can
be placed on disciplinary probation, administratively dropped from the class,
suspended, or expelled from the college for misconduct or other expressions of
unsatisfactory citizenship.

Assignments and Examination

      Assigned movement activities and mat work practices in class throughout the
       semester along with instructional DVD’s and videotapes capturing some
       important aspects of Pilates and necessary cardiovascular respiratory training.
       Some readings, illustrations and handouts outside of class may be presented,
       introducing the Pilates’ principles, terminology, anatomy and structure.
      25%. Keeping an             Accountability Journal, discussing areas of
       fitness/conditioning/Pilates/HathaYoga and cardiovascular respiratory endurance.
       Specially stating your goals. 1. List your personal objectives and desired
       outcomes. 2. What are some of you challenges in terms of strength, flexibility?
       How and what improvements have you made as you move through the semester?
       3. Also, make sure that you’re keeping track of the DVD’s done outside of class,
       notate the length of time spent, title and activity of your workout. Make sure you
       date all of your Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday workouts.
      25%. Midterm – demonstrate mental and physical knowledge of the Hatha Yoga
       Sun Postures as a stretching, breathing and limbering up method for gaining your
       maximum freedom.
      25% Attend your Dance Department Dance Performance on Friday, December 7
       at 8 PM., or on Saturday, December 8 at 2 PM. This is the only performance to
       receive 25% credit.
      25% Final Exam- will consist of a practical demonstration of the comprehensive
       skills and principles for mat work while meeting the course objectives in your
       group examination. You will work with a group though your grade is assigned to
       each individual participant.

Grading and Evaluation

Student grading is based on attendance, Self Accountability Journal, Mid-term
Demonstration, and your individual participation in the group final examination.
Recommended: Select a Pilates book from any library concerning the principles and
methods of Pilates mat work. This will help you to better understand what Pilates is and
what it can do for you.

“W” Building Lockers (for activity classes)

Locker rooms in the “W” building will open at 7:00a.m., and close at 3:30p.m. Lockers
with locks are available for a rental fee of $5:00 (cash only, no checks) for the semester.
Long lockers and some short lockers are available for day use only – no overnight and the
student must bring their own lock. No charges for these lockers, however, locks will be
cut off early the next morning if not removed after your class.

Student Acknowledgement: Professor Magee reserves the right to add, amend or repeal
any of the contents herein such as any of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures,
consistent with the College at any time, with or without notice, as this is also the
Pasadena City College disclaimer. I, (student) have read/received the instructor’s course
syllabus for Dance 13, and accept the terms herein. The instructor is entitled to use her
academic freedom to assign student’s final course grade based on the work that I,
(student) have earnestly submitted via my own study habits and do not hold the instructor
liable in any way for my own lack of time management.

I, (student) understand that an honor grade of “A” is subject to maintaining and sharing
my Pilates 13 Journal whenever requested by the instructor. I, (student) have been made
aware of the aforementioned requirements and can question my grade(s) during the
instructor’s conference hours or through email communications. If, I (student) feel there
is error then I, (student) am allowed to inquire and can be assured that my instructor will
be happy to work with me.

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