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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: DANC 11C.
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: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
2 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will have practical experience in the production aspects of dance.
  • Perform the intermediate dance choreography and techniques necessary for public performance while exhibiting proper body placement, coordination and stage presence.
Description -
Continuation into the intermediate level of dance production and performance. Includes instruction on how to produce and mount a full-scale theatrical production for public performance, make-up techniques, lighting design and stagecraft. Students will also have the opportunity to perform, choreograph and stagecrew at the intermediate dance production skill level.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. examine the nature of intermediate choreography as a performing art
  2. identify different styles, techniques, genres and forms of dance choreography
  3. employ the intellect in exercising aesthetic judgment in relation to dance as an art
  4. facilitate the artistic growth of dance as a performing art
  5. increase body awareness and placement in all exercises and choreography
  6. recognize dance as both a physical discipline and an artistic expression
  7. appreciate music an an integral part of the production and performance experience
  8. demonstrate and practice intermediate skills of dance production procedure from costuming and lighting to casting and marketing
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Dance studio, Rehearsal space or Theatre.
Audio Set up.
Dance shoes and exercise clothing or costumes specific to dance Technique.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Dance as a Performing Art:
    1. Training and Technique
    2. Audition Technique
    3. Choreography and Performance
    4. Stagecraft
    5. Make up
    6. Lighting Design
    7. Musical accompaniment
    8. Sets and Props
    9. Performance environments
  2. The Dancers' Instrument:
    1. Floor and center barre
    2. Intermediate combinations across the floor to include jete and pirouette turns.
    3. Injury prevention
    4. Dancers' nutrition and conditioning training
    5. Eating disorders for the professional dancer
  3. Intermediate Technique training in one or more of the following disciplines:
    1. Ballet
    2. Modern
    3. Contemporary
    4. Jazz
    5. Hip Hop
    6. World
    7. Ballroom
  4. Historical analysis of dance production
    1. sources and influences of historical periods of various dance forms through the ages
    2. transition from highly specialized training to universal art form
  5. Artistic references
    1. reference to contemporary dance companies and performances
    2. sources and styles of musical accompaniment for choreography
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of performance skills through intermediate level.
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Term Paper

Representative Text(s) -
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, 2011.
Tharp, Twyla. The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2009.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture and classroom discussion using the language of intermediate dance technique from classical ballet to contemporary.
  2. Cooperative learning exercises.
  3. Laboratory and Demonstration
Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and performance of intermediate level choreography from classic Repertory to original student works, guest artists and resident choreographers.
  2. Demonstration and practice of proper body alignment and awareness in all exercises and choreography performances.
  3. Demonstration and practice of all dance production procedure including stagecraft.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Written critique of a live dance performance, optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.