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Dance Course Descriptions

Dance Course Descriptions

DANCE 310 Jazz Dance I

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This physical education course covers barre and center floor warm-ups, exercises, jazz techniques, isolations, walks and turns. This course explores variation of styles in ethnic, lyrical and modern jazz dance given in combinations and offers students the opportunity for exploration and improvisation using jazz steps learned in class. This class is for students with no or very little dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: employ jazz dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in the student's life.

DANCE 312 Jazz Dance II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 310 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This beginning/intermediate dance class continues the fundamental jazz skills learned in the previous level with further focus on proper technique including alignment, balance, multiple turns, leaps, and more complex combinations. This course is for students with some previous dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: employ jazz dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in the student's life

DANCE 313 Jazz Dance III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 312 with a grade of "C" or better; or two years of beginning toward intermediate skills of jazz dance, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This intermediate dance class continues with the fundamental jazz skills learned in the previous level with a further focus on proper technique while performing more complex combinations and exploring different rhythms and styles. This course is for students with previous dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

employ jazz dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in the student's life. (SLO 1)

DANCE 314 Jazz Dance IV

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 313 with a grade of "C" or better; or training at a level of intermediate skills of jazz dance, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This intermediate/advanced dance class offers the opportunity for students to create a personal jazz style using the techniques learned in the previous levels. This course explores variation of styles in ethnic, lyrical and modern given in combinations and offers students the opportunity for exploration and improvisation using jazz steps learned in class. This class is for high intermediate to advanced dance students only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

employ jazz dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in the student's life. (SLO 1)

DANCE 320 Ballet I

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (* All PE Activity courses: combined maximum transfer credit, 4 units)

This course covers the fundamentals of beginning ballet technique. Basic terminology, coordination, alignment and execution of beginning ballet technique will be addressed. Students will experience a typical ballet class beginning with exercises at the barre, developed exercises in the center and across the floor exercises. Students will gain strength, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. Students will also acquire knowledge of ballet history and repertory. Students will present their semester-long study of beginning ballet in a final showcase performance. This course is for students with no to very little dance experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Employ ballet as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in the student's life.

DANCE 321 Ballet II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 320 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is a continuation of beginning ballet technique with a progression in barre, center, and across the floor exercises. Fundamentals of beginning ballet are addressed with greater emphasis on strength and coordination. Students will further develop their ballet skills, movement vocabulary, and sequence construction while advancing their knowledge of ballet history and repertory. Students will present their semester-long study of Level II ballet in a final showcase performance. This course is recommended for students who have successfully completed Ballet I and are at a high beginner or intermediate level.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Employ ballet as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in the student's life.

DANCE 330 Modern Dance I

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (* All PE Activity courses: combined maximum transfer credit, 4 units)

This beginning class offers an introduction to basic dance movement and the basic elements of music and rhythm. This course includes rhythmic, isolated and expressive movement as well as elemental concepts of space, time and force. This course is for students with little or no previous dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: employ modern dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in life.

DANCE 332 Modern Dance II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 330 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This beginning/intermediate modern dance class continues with the fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. This course includes rhythmic, isolated and expressive movement. Concepts of space, time and force as related to dance will be discussed. Various cultural and contemporary dances will be explored. This course is for students who have successfully completed Modern Dance I or have previous dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: employ modern dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in life.

DANCE 333 Modern Dance III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 332 with a grade of "C" or better; or have training at a beginning-intermediate level in modern dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This intermediate modern dance class continues to develop fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. The class focuses on proper technique with more complex combinations. The students will perform various types of styles including cultural and contemporary dance. This course is for students who have successfully completed Modern Dance II or have previous dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: employ intermediate modern dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in life.

DANCE 334 Modern Dance IV

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 333 with a grade of "C" or better; or have training at an intermediate level in modern dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Enrollment Limitation:

The student's level of ability must be appropriate for the class. Students who are inexperienced or at too high of a level will be asked to take another course. The instructor will make this determination.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This intermediate/advanced modern dance class continues to develop fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. The class focus is on proper technique while performing complex combinations and developing a personal style. This course creates an opportunity for self-discovery, self-discipline and self-expression in the art form of modern dance. Creative assignments will be given in improvisation and movement communication and expression utilizing problem-solving techniques. This course is for students who have successfully completed Modern Dance III or have previous dance training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: employ modern dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in life.

DANCE 351 Urban Hip Hop I

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (* Any PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

This course includes basic urban-style Hip Hop moves and rapid level changes for floor work. Choreography is provided on a bare bones theme and developed according to individual style, ability and personal interpretation. The history of this genre and the traditional competitive elements of Hip Hop dance are examined, as well as the role of dance in Hip Hop culture. An opportunity for Freestyle, Old Style, Poppin', Lockin', and Dance Poetry exploration is offered.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO # 1: implement Hip Hop dance skills, steps, and choreographed dance movements.

DANCE 352 Urban Hip Hop II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 351 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course builds on the skills introduced with Urban Hip Hop I. Skills, steps, and hip hop dance combinations will progress in difficulty. Students will have more opportunity to explore freestyle movement and participate in session work. The emphasis of this class will cover the progression of hip hop dance beginning with break dance through the current trends of today.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: research the progression of hip hop dance beginning with break dance through the current trends of today

DANCE 353 Urban Hip Hop III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 352 with a grade of "C" or better; or an intermediate level of training in Hip Hop dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course builds on the skills and steps learned in Urban Hip Hop I and II. Level III dance combinations will be taught covering various styles within hip hop dance. Students will work in groups to create a final presentation that expands a teacher-choreographed dance into a full length performance piece that utilizes choreographic elements and adds student choreography. The emphasis of this class will be on choreographic styles.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: demonstrate an understanding of choreographic Hip Hop Styles.

DANCE 354 Urban Hip Hop IV

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 353 with a grade of "C" or better; or an intermediate to advanced level of training in Hip Hop dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This is an intermediate level course that builds on the skills learned in Urban Hip Hop levels I-III. Students will be introduced to freestyle movement and the elements of cyphering and battling. Musicality, emotion, and storytelling are explores as students develop their own artistry within freestyle movement. The emphasis of this class will be on utilizing intermediate level skills with freestyle movement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: express freestyle movement and the elements of cyphering and battling

DANCE 386 Dance History

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This comprehensive study of the history, evolution and culture of dance as an art form encompasses ballet, modern, African and social dance. The analysis of various styles of dance commences with social order, expression and the power of dance in a culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Examine and discuss dance as a performing art derived from many different forms, styles and cultures throughout history.

DANCE 410 Dance Composition and Production I

Units: 2

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (* Any PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

This course introduces students to the elements of choreography and the creative processes of composing dances. Students assume the roles of dancer and choreographer in developing improvisation, directing, and performance skills to produce and perform original group compositions. This course culminates in a final showcase performance designed to give students an opportunity to experience a college level dance production.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Employ dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in their life.

DANCE 411 Dance Composition and Production II

Units: 2

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: DANCE 410; Student should have completed DANCE 410, or beginning level training, or satisfy the professor with a level of proficiency."

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course provides an opportunity to explore the processes of composing and producing beginning to intermediate level choreography. Students will work in small groups to develop original compositions that demonstrate an understanding of choreographic forms and creative processes. This course culminates in a final showcase performance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Employ dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in their life

DANCE 412 Dance Composition and Production III

Units: 2

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 411 with a grade of "C" or better; or have beginning to intermediate knowledge of composing dances, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course provides an opportunity to explore the processes of composing and producing intermediate level choreography. Students will identify and integrate the contributions of modern and contemporary choreographers for the purpose of expanding their choreography skills. An emphasis on smaller compositions, for example, solos, duos, and trios will be included along with the roles of lighting and costume design. This course culminates in a final showcase performance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Employ dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in their life.

DANCE 413 Dance Composition and Production IV

Units: 2

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: DANCE 412 with a grade of "C" or better; or have intermediate knowledge of composing dances, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course provides an opportunity to explore the processes of composing and producing advanced level choreography. Students will continue their study of modern and contemporary choreographers’ contributions for the purpose of expanding their choreography skills. An emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies including multimedia, drama, art, and music will provide an integrated approach for exploring the significance of dance and other art forms in contemporary society. This course culminates in a final showcase performance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Employ dance as an activity that will promote fitness and wellness in their life.

DANCE 495 Independent Studies in Dance

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).