Latin dance elements mastering course for students

Teoriya i praktika fizicheskoy kultury №3 2019

PhD, Associate Professor L.R. Shafikova1
PhD, Associate Professor A.V. Greb1
1Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, Уфа

Dance sport is a beautiful, spectator, rather young and underexplored sport. As in other spectator sports, the harmony of various dance compositions, high technical quality, and aesthetics in performing the content of the dance programs are required in the dance sport. This requirement can be achieved only in case of available methodology that takes into account the logical process and correctness of the training process. The present study analyzes some issues and benefits of the Latin dance elements mastering model tested on the 17-18 year-old first-year students of Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (n=40) attending dance club groups and split up into Experimental (n=20) and Reference (n=20) Groups of 10 couples each. The standard Junior Class E dance program was modified to include special Latin dance elements mastering practices from Jazz and Flamenco, with the group progress tested by an expert team. The experts scored dance routines of 3-4 figures including Samba T1 dance elements, Cha Cha T2 dance elements, Rumba T3 dance elements and Jive T4 dance elements, with the four individual scores summarized to rate the Reference Group and Experimental Group performance. The educational experiment showed benefits of the Latin dance elements mastering course for the first-year students.

Keywords: dance sport, dance elements, Latin dance, training process, special preparatory practices, modified program, Jazz, Flamenco, students.

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