|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Perform various dance techniques and choreography necessary for public performance.
- Students will have practical experience in the production aspects of dance from basic stagecraft to costumes, makeup and lighting.
|Description - |
|Introduction to the basic concepts of dance performance. Includes beginning experience with the rehearsal process, learning dance works and preparation for a performance. Students will be given the opportunity to perform for a live audience and to collaborate with and perform for area Colleges and Universities, civic, local, or charity organizations.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- examine the nature of dance as a performing art
- encourage competitive learning environment for personal development, athletic scholarship, and career opportunities in dance.
- compete and perform at various colleges and universities in solo and group-team choreography.
- identify different styles, genres, and forms of dance.
- analyze issues associated with dance as a profession.
- employ the intellect in exercising aesthetic judgment in relation to dance as art.
- facilitate the artistic growth of dance as a performing art and athletic endeavor.
- explore performing various mediums including stage, video, and outdoor venues, multi-media performance art, and dance in unique spaces.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Theatre, Dance Studio and/or small studio space for public performances.
- Dance studio for rehearsal, performance, demonstration, technique classes, practical movement experiences and musical collaboration.
- Sound system and/or piano for accompaniment. Drums and percussion optional.
- Video-TV monitor for viewing tapes and feedback for filmed performances.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Dance fundamentals
- Performance etiquette
- Structure of warm-up
- Isolation exercises
- Floor Barre stretch
- Across the floor combinations
- Center work combinations
- Dancer's Alignment
- Body Alignment
- Postural deviations
- Alignment exercises
- Technique training in one or more of the following dance disciplines:
- Jazz theory and technique
- Ballet theory and technique
- Modern theory and technique
- Musical theatre theory and technique
- World dance theory and technique
- Social dance theory and technique
- Country western line dance theory and technique
- Swing dance theory and technique
- Alternative dance forms theory and explanation
- The Dancer's Instrument
- Injury prevention
- Soreness prevention
- Nutrition for dancers
- Eating disorders
- Success in weight control
- Dance as a Performing Art
- Training, Conditioning, Techniques
- Behind the performance scene
- Audition techniques
- Advertisement design and distribution
- Program design and distribution
- Sound design
- Light design
- Costume design and wardrobe assistance
- Props and stage crewing
- The performance space
- Dance as an Intercollegiate Sport
- Dance as a Career
- The professional dancer
- The dance rehearsal director
- The dance teacher
- The choreographer
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Evaluation and placement audition of performance skills through advanced level
- Cooperative learning assignments
- Term Paper
- Objective exams
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Tharp, Twyla. The Collaborative Habit: 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 - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language and vocabulary of dance and performance technique.
- Cooperative learning exercises
- Laboratory and Demonstration
|Lab Content - |
- Demonstration and practice of proper body awareness and alignment in all dance exercises and choreography for performance
- Identification and demonstration of the fundamentals of Dance Production.
- Demonstrating and practice of memorizing choreography, staging, creating and developing full character in performance.
|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.