DANCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

(*Scheduling of offerings is subject to change.)

 DANCE 110     DANCE APPRECIATION        GA         2 u
Dance is studied as an art form through the investigation of dance history, technique, and the aesthetic choices of choreography. Lecture format is enhanced by slide, film and live presentation. Offered each spring*.

 DANCE 141     CONTEMPORARY DANCE  TECHNIQUE I      GA         2 u
A study of basic dance movement through exploration, analysis and identification of the principles of Contemporary Dance as an art form. A participation course, utilizing problem-solving and creativity in movement.
Offered each term*. Repeatable.

 DANCE 145     BALLET I        GA         2 u
The Beginning Ballet course will provide instruction in the basic movements upon which all movements in ballet are built. Posture and alignment are stressed as well as foot articulation and proper use of turn-out. The class incorporates barre work, center combinations and locomotor movements across the floor. Students will also be taught the French terminology for movements learned. Offered each term*. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 4 units in degree.

 DANCE 200     PRACTICUM - DANCE PERFORMANCE         1 u
A course designed to allow students who are interested in dance as an art form to participate as performers-choreographers in a contemporary dance concert. A student is expected to spend a minimum of 100 hours per unit in rehearsing and performing at times specified by the instructor. Repeatable. Offered every fall, students must be available to continue in spring.
 Prereq: Audition and consent of instructor.

 DANCE 243     IMPROVISATION/SOUND        GA         2 u
The creation of dance movement through the exploration and experimentation of a variety of stimuli as sources for movement experiences. Offered Fall '02 Spring '04*.

 DANCE 244     CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUES II         2 u
Further study of dance techniques on the intermediate level. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 6 units in degree. Offered each spring*.
 Prereq: DANCE 141 or cons instr.

 DANCE 246     BALLET II         2 u
Continuation of basic concepts learned in Ballet I with emphasis on more complex skills and combinations. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 units in degree. Offered each fall*.
 Prereq: It is highly recommended that students have two terms of Ballet I before attempting Ballet II, or cons instr. May be repeated.

 DANCE 320     COMPOSITION I (Solo)         3 u
Composition I (Solo) is a course which presents basic material on the craft of creating solo dances. Students will be given structural problems to solve by creating original movement. The use of musical accompaniment and props in choreography will be explored. Videotapes and films of professional choreography will be viewed for discussion and students will be introduced to the use of costumes, lighting, and sets for dance. Offered Spring '03, Fall '04.

 DANCE 330     PERFORMANCE ART         3 u
Performance Art is an avant-garde form of live art performance. In this course students will learn about the historical predecessors of Performance Art, be exposed to contemporary work through reviews, articles and videotapes, and create their own solo and group work to culminate in a public performance. Repeatable.
 Offered Fall '02, Spring '04*.

 DANCE 346     BALLET III         2 u
A participation course designed for the advanced level ballet student. Complex combinations and techniques such as multiple turns and beats as well as anatomical considerations will be studied. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 units in degree. Offered each fall*.
 Prereq: At least two terms of Ballet II or consent of instructor.

 DANCE 348     CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUES III        2 u
Learning the kinesthetic way of moving the body and performing more complex technique and style in longer movement phrases appropriate for advanced level technique. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 6 units in degree. Offered each spring*.
 Prereq: DANCE 244 or cons instr.

 DANCE 420     DANCE COMPOSITION II (GROUP)         3 u
A continuation of the elements of choreography concentrating on form with more complex approaches and depth of movement themes for duet, trio and group. Offered Spring '02, Fall '03.
 Prereq: DANCE 320.

 DANCE 496     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
A course which is not regularly included in the curriculum but which is offered from time to time on topics in Dance as an art form, selected on the basis of need, interest or timeliness. It also permits the student to work on the main stage production of Theatre/Dance that requires extensive choreography. Repeatable.
Offered on demand.
Prereq: Jr st and cons of the Theatre/Dance Department.

DANCE 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY IN DANCE         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of department chair. Offered on demand.

 DANCE 499     DANCE PRODUCTION PROJECT         1-3 u
Choreographing and staging a full length dance concert or its equivalent or choreographing for mainstage productions such as the annual department dance concert or a musical where choreography plays one of the major roles. All choreographic pieces for public performance will be under the supervision of a dance faculty. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 6 units in degree. Offered on demand.
Prereq: DANCE 200 and DANCE 420 and junior standing.
 
 

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