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

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify the choreography and combinations with correct terminology and analyze musical phrasing.
  • Perform the required techniques and skills necessary for public performance.
Description -
Introduction to the fundamentals 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 beginning dance production skill level.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify the procedures of dance production
  2. Memorize, interpret, and demonstrate a choreographer's work
  3. Organize production of public performance on stage
  4. Evaluate production
  5. Apply concepts of proper body alignment and awareness in all exercises and choreography
  6. Recognize dance as both a physical discipline and artistic expression
  7. Increase body awareness and confidence
  8. Define the traditional vocabulary of dance from ballet to contemporary
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Theatre, Dance or studio space with appropriate audio
  2. Properly equipped dance studio and rehearsal space with audio set up.
  3. Rehearsal clothing and Costumes as determined by dance technique and choreography

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Identify the procedures of dance production
    1. creating the concept or idea for the dance
    2. selecting the musical accompaniment
    3. composing the score
    4. casting the dancers
  2. Memorize, interpret and demonstrate a choreographers' work
    1. Teaching, learning and rehearsing the movement
    2. Demonstrating the correct staging and directions
    3. Creating and developing theatrical character
  3. Organize full scale theatrical production for performance and review
    1. Design lighting
    2. Sound mixing and editing
    3. Conception of sets, props, special effects
    4. Conception and creation of costumes
    5. Understanding the role of makeup and hair design in development of character
    6. Organize a strategy for marketing and promotion and ticket sales
  4. Evaluate production
    1. Appraise the technical and performance aspects of the production
    2. Define the aesthetic qualities for a work of dance
    3. Summarize the project
  5. Body awareness
    1. alignment
    2. placement
    3. strength
    4. flexibility
    5. endurance
    6. agility
    7. grace
    8. coordination
  6. 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 all levels
  2. Objective exams
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Term paper
  5. Journal
Representative Text(s) -
Fahey, Thomas. Fit and Well. Boston. MA: McGraw Hill, 2011.
Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. 2011.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture and Demonstration.
  2. Collaborative learning and small group exercises.
  3. Discussion and problem solving in class.
  4. Journal
Lab Content -
  1. Demonstration and practice of rehearsal and memorization of choreography.
  2. Demonstration and practice of fundamentals of stage craft and dance production.
  3. Demonstration and practice of proper body awareness and alignment in all choreography and exercises.
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.