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Dance

Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 60/61

The program in Dance prepares graduates for transfer to a four-year school or university where they can pursue careers in either dance performance or dance education. Some students may wish to open their own dance studio or teach at a similar venue after earning their Associate in Arts degree.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
DANC 100
Introduction to Dance
3.00
This course presents a general overview of dance forms, such as modern, jazz, ballet, and world dance, both in theory and practice.
DANC 110
Modern Dance I
2.00
Modern Dance I sets the foundation for basic fundamental exercises, techniques, and movement phrases of modern dance. This class introduces the dancers to the concept of proper alignment, a series of exercises that condition the body for strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination, and develops a physical and kinesthetic awareness of the elements of space, time, and energy.
DANC 115
Ballet I
2.00
Ballet I is for the student who demonstrates a basic understanding of the technical foundation in ballet technique. The student will continue developing knowledge of ballet terminology and technique, and will include barre and center exercises of increased difficulty. Emphasis is on developing the student's ability to execute ballet technique and terminology.
DANC 181
Tap I
2.00
Tap I is designed for students who are proficient in all basic tap technique. The tap class will focus on technique with moderate to fast speeds in clarity of sounds, articulation, expression and personal style. Credit hours - 2
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

Second Semester - 14 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
DANC 150
Modern Dance II
2.00
Modern Dance II builds upon the foundation for basic fundamental exercises, techniques, and movement phrases established in Modern Dance I. Dancers practice concepts of proper alignment, perform a series of exercises that condition the body for strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination, and develop a physical and kinesthetic awareness of the elements of space, time, and energy.
DANC 155
Ballet II
2.00
Ballet II is for the student who has completed Balled I and demonstrates a solid technical foundation in ballet technique. Emphasis is on developing and mastering the student's ability to execute ballet technique and terminology. The student will maintain performance in ballet technique both at the barre and center with increasing difficulty, as well as utilizing new movements.
DANC 160
Improvisation
2.00
Dance Improvisation explores movement through spontaneous problem solving. Movement studies explore improvisational approaches, devices, elements and exercises to gain skills in the art of improvisation, with explorations further developed into more specific concepts and themes into solo and group performances. Improvisation is designed to evoke the student's creative individuality and sense of ensemble.
DANC 165
Jazz I
2.00
Jazz is designed for students who plan to focus on complex movement combinations and sequences that stress proper alignment, technique, expressiveness, perception of style, spatial awareness, and musicality.
HPER 245
Holistic Approaches to Health
3.00
This course introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the body systems especially the muscular, skeletal, and joint systems, Altermative medicine approaches such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurveda, hatha yoga, nutrition, herbal medicine, vegan diets, meditation, music therapy, and massage are also discussed in this course.
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 16/17 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
DANC 200
Modern Dance III
2.00
Modern Dance III builds upon the exercises, techniques, and movement phrases established in Modern Dance II at an intermediate level. Dancers practice concepts of proper alignment, perform a series of exercises that condition the body for strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination, and develop a physical and kinesthetic awareness of the elements of space, time, and energy.
DANC 205
Ballet III
2.00
Ballet III is for the student who demonstrates a solid technical foundation in ballet technique both off and en pointe. Emphasis is on developing and mastering the student's ability to execute ballet technique and terminology. The student will maintain performance in ballet technique both at the barre and center with increasing difficulty, as well as utilizing new movements. This course will examine the historical and philosophical aspects of ballet as an art form.
DANC 167
Jazz II
2.00
The students in Jazz II require advanced levels of dance techniques. This course is designed for students to become accomplished technically, establish personal style and develop phrasing and artistic expression at a professional level. Credit hours - 2
DANC 183
Tap II
2.00
Tap II is designed for students who are proficient in Tap. The course is for an advanced level dancer who will focus on the technique with speed in clarity of sounds, articulation, expression and personal style. Credit Hours - 2
DANC 215
Dance Composition
2.00
Students identify a topic and propose projects to provide the occasion for extended practice leading to performance. Students may work as individuals, pairs, or groups.
 
Dance Production (3 credits)
 
 
Science Elective
3.00/4.00
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Fourth Semester - 16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
DANC 230
Modern Dance IV
2.00
Modern Dance IV continues the intermediate development of the exercises, techniques, and movement phrases established in Modern Dance III. Dancers practice concepts of proper alignment, perform a series of exercises that condition the body for strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination, and develop a physical and kinesthetic awareness of the elements of space, time, and energy.
DANC 235
Ballet IV
2.00
Ballet IV is for the student who demonstrates a strong technical foundation in ballet technique both off and en pointe. Emphasis is on developing and mastering the student's ability to execute ballet technique and terminology. The student will maintain performance in ballet technique both at the barre and center with increasing complexity and difficulty, as well as utilizing new movements. This course will examine the historical and philosophical aspects of ballet as an art form.
DANC 250
Senior Seminar
6.00
Advanced level research, writing and discussions will lead to the development, production and presentation of the student's senior dance project. Philosophical aspects of dance, aesthetics and dance as an art form will be the basis of this course. Practical experiences in resume, portfolios, artistic philosophy, college applications, interviews and introduction to the life forms of choreographing solos, duos, trios and group pieces will also be covered. Credit Hours - 6
 
Liberal Arts Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
Social Science Elective
3.00
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