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Dance

College of the Arts

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Dance - Lower Division DANC Courses

Courses (DANC)


Dance Technique
Note: Dance majors must take technique courses and composition in sequence and screen for level placement in all technique classes. Screening will take place the previous semester and the first day of class. Beginning non-major technique classes are not screened; they are open to all students. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz has a screening process.

LOWER DIVISION


100. Orientation to Dance (1)
Corequisite: DANC 152 or 154.
Introductory information, degree requirements, career opportunities, current problems and issues in the field.
Letter grade only (A-F).

101. Introduction to Modern Dance (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Foundation courses.
Exploration of modern dance concert dance art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in modern dance technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors.

 

102. Introduction to Ballet (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Foundation courses.
Exploration of ballet as concert dance art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in ballet technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors.

 

103. Introduction to Jazz (3)
Prerequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Introduction to jazz dance as concert and entertainment art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in jazz technique.
Open only to non-dance majors.

 

104. Introduction to Tap (3)
Prerequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Introduction to tap as concert and entertainment art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in tap technique.
Open only to non-dance majors.

 

105. Latin Jazz (2)
Basic skills and techniques in Latin Jazz.
Not open for credit to dance majors.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (1 hours discussion, 2 hours studio)

106. African Dance (2)
Basic skills and technique in African dance designed to incorporate its role in African culture.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (1 hour discussion, 2 studio hours)

 

108. Beginning Flamenco (2)
Basic skills and technique in the style of Flamenco dance designed to incorporate its role in Spanish culture.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (1 hour discussion, 2 studio hours)

 

109. Beginning Hip-Hop (2)
Basic skills and technique in the style of Hip-Hop dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (4 studio hours)

 

110. Viewing Dance (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: A General Education Foundation course.
Introduction to contemporary dance theater through viewing dance films (modern dance, ballet and ethnic), dance performances, and lecture/discussions on dance.

 

111A. Beginning Modern Dance (2)
Basic skills and techniques in modern dance. Not open to dance majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

111B. Beginning Modern Dance (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 111A or consent of instructor. Continuing beginning skills and techniques in modern dance. Not open to dance majors.
May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

112A. Intermediate Modern Dance (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 111B or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors. Low intermediate skill and techniques in modern dance.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

112B. Intermediate Modern Dance (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 112A or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors. High intermediate skill and techniques in modern dance.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

113A. Beginning Ballet (2)
Basic skills and techniques in ballet. Not open to dance majors.
May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

113B. Beginning Ballet (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 113A or consent of instructor. Continuing beginning skills and techniques in ballet. Not open to dance majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

114A. Intermediate Ballet (3)
Prerequisite: DANC 113B or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors. Low intermediate skill and techniques in ballet.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units in different semesters. (6 studio hours)

 

114B. Intermediate Ballet (3)
Prerequisite: DANC 114A or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors. High intermediate skill and techniques in ballet. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units in different semesters. (6 studio hours)

 

115. Beginning Jazz (2)
Basic skills and techniques of jazz.
Not open for credit to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

116. Intermediate Jazz (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 115 of consent of instructor.
Basic theory and practice of modern jazz dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

117. Beginning Tap Technique (2)
Basic technique in the tap dance idiom, time steps, stylistic patterns, rhythmic patterns and tap combinations.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (4 studio hours)

 

120. Improvisation I (2)
Use of improvisation as an introduction to structural form; individual and group problems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 studio hours)

 

131. Introduction to Music for Dance (2)
Basic music notation, simple and complex rhythmic patterns, poly-rhythms, skill in the use of percussion instruments and a brief survey of the historical periods of music for dance.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 studio hours)

 

152. Modern Technique I (3)
Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in modern technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). Repeatable to a maximum of 12 units in different semesters. (6 studio hours)

 

154. Ballet Technique I (3)
Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in ballet technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). Repeatable to a maximum of 12 units in different semesters. (6 studio hours)

 

161. Placement for the Dancer (2)
Prerequisites: Open to Dance Majors and Minors.
Application of movement principles and exercises from various sources including anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation to improve body alignment, core stabilization, and other aspects of technique in key dance movement patterns.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 studio hours)

 

179. Exploring Dance: The Language of Movement (3)
Prerequisites: Open to all Liberal Studies Majors, open to others with consent of instructor based on availability.
Exploration of movement language of dance relating to producing dance; to historical and cultural aspects of dance; and to activities geared to developmental aspects of children, 5-12 years, as outlined in California State Framework for Visual and Performing Arts, K-8. Dance component.
Letter grade only (A-F). (1 hour lec., 4 hours lab)

 

180A. Dance Performance (1)
Prerequisites: Audition, dance major or minor.
Participation in dance productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (3 or more studio hours)

 

180B. Dance Performance (1)
Prerequisites: Audition, dance major or minor.
Participation in dance productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (3 or more studio hours)

 

181A. Dance Production Technical (1)
Technical participation in Dance Department-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). Repeatable to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 studio hours)

 

181B. Dance Production Technical (1)
Technical participation in Dance Department-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). Repeatable to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 studio hours)

 

214. Ballet Pointe (1)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Development of the technique of dancing in point shoes.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 studios hours)

 

216. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz (2)
Prerequisites: DANC 116 or consent of instructor.
Basic theory and practice of modern jazz dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. (4 studio hours)

 

217. Intermediate Tap Technique (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 117 or placement screening.
Intermediate skills in tap technique concentrating on rhythmic complexity, heightened tempos, and contemporary tap styles.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (4 studio hours)

 

220. Dance Composition I (3)
Prerequisite: DANC 131.
Theory and practice in the basic elements of dance composition.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hour, 4 studio hours).

 

252. Modern Technique II (3)
Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in modern technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 12 units. (6 studio hours)

 

254. Ballet Technique II (3)
Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in ballet technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 12 units. (6 studio hours)

 

260. Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor.
A thorough examination of major muscles, bones and joints as they relate to human movement. Performance of anatomical analyses of common conditioning exercises and key dance movements.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours studio).

 

262. Pilates I (3)
Prerequisites: DANC 260 or BIOL 208.
Beginning-intermediate level Pilates-based program, emphasizing the use of the Pilates apparatus, designed to enhance dance performance, movement coordination and physical conditioning.
Letter grade only (A-F). (1 hour seminar, 4 studio hours)

 

295. Repertory (1-3)
Prerequisites: Audition, dance major.
Experience in rehearsal and performance practice in an intensive format.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (2-6 studio hours)