Jaccar Garcia Capstone

Jaccar Garcia

Topic: Latin and Hip-Hop Dance

Faustina Garcia

Abstract Paragraph:

For Capstone I decided to continue the Latin dance but to also include new material. I taught a latin and hip-hop dance class in order to appeal to more individuals, giving me the opportunity to work with more students. I want to be capable of showing the students involved about a different world that they encounter often. Giving them a learning experience without them knowing, along with the learning the dances. I’ll be diving into the latin culture of dance, learning myself about the roots of my culture. Being able to express this knowledge through dance is something that I have had a huge interest in for years but haven’t had the ability to take at hand.

In the process of my capstone I acquired a concussion. This became an obstacle for me and did not allow me to finish my capstone the way I hoped for it turn out. I had envisioned an “end of the year” culture party where I would have the students perform the dances they learned and allow the guest to join in on the dancing. Though this was not accomplished, I’m still proud of how much I got done up to that point. I was reaching my goal with the students which not only was to teach them about a different culture but to share a joyful environment with adolescents who wanted to be involved.


Annotated Bibliography:

Bush '03, Jilaan M., "The Effect of Extracurricular Activities on School Dropout" (2003). Honors Projects. Paper 16.


This is a study made by Jilaan M. Bush on the effect of extracurricular activities on school dropout. With this study it was concluded that extracurricular activities such as academic clubs, athletics, interest groups, and fine arts had a positive effect on school dropouts. This indicates that the more students become involved in activities of their interest they become less likely to dropout of school and have more chances of success. This resource relates back to the inquiry aspect of my capstone which is “How does a dance club help the youth of Philadelphia?”.

Eccles, Jacquelynne S. "Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Development." Journal of Social Issues. Vol. 59. Ann Arbor: N. D., 2001. 865-89. Print.

This article address’ the positive influence of extracurricular activities within adolescents and include many statistics on the topic. The article and data concluded that the adolescents who joined and extracurricular activity had better educational outcomes oppose to those who didn’t join a extracurricular activity had higher rates of drinking. This article along with the study by Jilaan together help my capstone with the inquiry and support my reasoning for it.

Gibbons, Elizabeth. Teaching Dance: The Spectrum of Styles. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007. Print.

Through out this book the author Elizabeth Gibbons gives the reader many advice on

teaching dance. She helps the reader who is teaching dance to adults, the reader who is a beginner at teaching, a college teacher, etc. She covers every detail necessary to teach a dance class. Breaking it down the reader should be focused on, what the questions the reader should be thinking of, to helping the reader understand how to approach making lessons plans and what the requirements need to be met in order to have be a successful teacher and have a successful dance class.

Hernandez, Deborah Pacini. Bachata: A Social History of Dominican Popular Music. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1995. Print.

This book gives the history behind the music of Dominican Republic. This including the genre that I have included in my capstone; bachata. This  is like the book Language of Spanish Dance but instead of giving an overall view of all spanish dances this book goes into depth about the specific genre that I am focused on.

Mack, Lorrie. Dance. London: DK, 2012. Print.

This book focuses on the history of dance, giving the reader insights to the various styles of dance and their origination. This book helps to serve as inspiration, allowing the reader to understand dance better. For myself this is a good resource for my knowledge throughout my lessons. Being able to know where it is certain dance styles originated from and what inspired them could help me see dance from a new perspective and teach my class the knowledge i’ve gained.

Minton, Sandra Cerny, and Karen Genoff. Modern Dance, Body and Mind: A Basic Approach for Beginners. Englewood, CO: Morton, 1984. Print.

This resource is an opportunity to learn from Sandra Minton, within this book she tackles modern dance and gives the reader a basic approach to learning modern dance. She goes into detail about the techniques of the dance and the dance movement. This book will give me another perspective along with her other book, Since she does well with going into detail about the dance techniques I can have a better understanding of what is necessary to know in able to allow others understand it.

Matteo, and Carola Goya. The Language of Spanish Dance. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1990. Print.

This book goes into great depth about the spanish dances; Matteo describes the dance moves, their origins, their meaning, the movement sequences, and much more. The depth in this book helps me for my the presentation part of my capstone. Since I decided to latin dance this books help me explain in my presentation why it is that each dance move was the way it was or basic reasoning for some of the choices within the choreography. The book also explains the songs accompanied with the songs and what’s going on with the rhythm.

Minton, Sandra Cerny. Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1997. Print.

This book is a approach to teaching the readers about the process of choreographing. Sandra Minton the author displays the process down to every last detail, of stage production, improvisation, the creation of dances from simple movements, and the process of creating productions from the choreographed dances. This book covers choreographing for all dance styles, including cheerleading.

Williams, Ann-Marie, and Jeff Kulak. Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Moves. Toronto, Ont.: Owlkids, 2011. Print.

Ann-Marie takes the initiative to show her readers different aspects of dance in her book Learn to Speak Dance. Including myriad types on choreography, staging, designs and everything related to dance. This book can help me with the small things that the other book might not address which is the way dance looks, the little tips are what make the biggest differences. This should help when I record our final dances and make the presentations.


Brown, Chris. "Love More." Rec. 2013. Chris Brown. FRESHM3N III, n.d. CD.

Grace, Leslie. "Be My Baby." Rec. 2013. Leslie Grace. N.d. CD.

Santos, Romeo. Propuesta Indecente. Romeo Santos. Sony Music Latin, 2013. CD.

These are the songs that I have included in my capstone. The first song is Love More by Chris brown. This song is apart of my hip-hop class and was chosen because of the uplifting beat it had. Once I heard it I began to come up with several dances to the song, it’s the type of song that I knew my class would enjoy and get hype when they hear it. The second song is Be My Baby by Leslie Grace which had the same effect on me as Love More. The Third song is Propuesta Indecente by Romeo Santos and I knew I wanted to choreograph this song because it tells a story, and that’s something I was capable to portray within the dance.