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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Dance Performance family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will have explored fundamental dance technique and skills necessary for public performance.
  • Students will have practical experience in the production aspects of dance.
Description -
Rehearsal and performance class designed to develop choreography for live performance.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate technical skills, at the appropriate level, safely and with precision (positions, various techniques, agility, balance, coordination, strength, and/or kinesthetic awareness).
  2. Execute dance skills solo, duet and/or group configuration.
  3. Evaluate the selected dance activity as an art form, movement theory, and/or cultural significance.
  4. Apply the concepts of proper alignment and placement in all activities.
  5. Understand music genres as an integral part of the dance experience.
  6. Analyze the historical develop of different styles of choreography.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Dance studio/theater.
  2. Dance Shoes and appropriate clothing or costumes.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Audition placement process:
    1. Warm-up
    2. Movement combinations of various styles including ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom, ethnic, tap, world dance, musical theatre, and Hip Hop.
    3. Smaller group movement combination given by specific choreographers
  2. Rehearsal process:
    1. Placement in specific choreography
    2. Scheduled rehearsal attendance
    3. Diverse group interaction
    4. Physical conditioning through selected routines
  3. Body awareness:
    1. Alignment
    2. Placement
    3. Strength
    4. Flexibility
    5. Agility
    6. Coordination
    7. Control
    8. Grace
  4. Production work
    1. Costume
    2. Lighting
    3. Props
  5. Artistic References
    1. reference to contemporary dance companies
    2. sources and styles of music
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Observation of performance skills through the appropriate level of technique.
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Term paper
Representative Text(s) -
Tharp, Twyla. The Collaborative Habitat: Life Lessons for Working Together. New York, NY. Simon and Schuster, 2009.
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. 2011

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture and Visual Aids
  2. Discussion and problem solving in class
  3. Collaborative learning and small group exercises
  4. Laboratory and Demonstration
  5. Quiz and Examination review
Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and practice of choreography from concept to completed work.
  2. Demonstration and practice of casting, costuming, and lighting of choreography.
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper body alignment and awareness in all dance activities.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written critique of a live dance performance
  2. Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.