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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


PE 1160 Latin Dance

Course description

Partner sign-in required. This is an introduction to Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Comparsa, Cha Cha Cha, and Son. Salsa, arguably the most popular social dance in the world, derives from the Cuban rhythm of Son, while it grew to world fame through its growth in New York City and Puerto Rico. The development of Salsa as a dance form follows its development as a musical genre. Bachata and Merengue, meanwhile, are considered quintessential dances of the Dominican Republic. Comparsa is Cuban Carnival line dance. In this course, we learn the basics of all of these dances. Instruction emphasizes the development of dance foundations in musical timing, rhythm, body movement, lead-follow connection, and space use. Class begins with a stretching and body movement warm-up. We then teach dance steps and movement patterns across the floor, in rotating lines, as freestyle, and in partner format. The skills learned in each dance are interrelated - as you improve in one you will improve in the others. Dancing with live percussion at one or more of our classes will help connect the dots of timing, rhythm and motion. By the end of this course you will be able to take Latin dance to a higher level and pick up other partnered dances. No partner is necessary to register. Couple sign-up is encouraged. Partners rotate. This class is gender-free. Each student is free to learn the lead or follow role. Non-credit fee: $100.


PE 1160 001-LEC On-campus 6-week session

Salsa and Latin Dance

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 24-August 6, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:TR 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Helen Newman Hall 230
Grade:S/U (no audit)
Max. enroll:30
To enroll:This class is not available for online enrollment. To enroll, submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.

Cornell students wishing to complete a physical education (PE) requirement during the summer must obtain a letter of permission from the Physical Education office and submit it when they register with the Summer Sessions office in B20 Day Hall. Students from other institutions wishing to receive PE credit must have a letter of approval sent from their institution's PE department to Cornell's Department of Athletics and Physical Education. The letter must verify that a grade of "satisfactory" will fulfill the PE requirement of that institution. Students interested in taking a PE course on a non-credit basis may do so by registering with the Department of Athletics and Physical Education.

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