Dance

course description​

DANCE-002 - Dance Appreciation

Students survey the art of dance, its development as an art form, and elements present in all dance. The course examines the diversity of people and culture leading to the development of theatrical dance ​​forms of the world and Western cultures. Basic movements, use of performing space, and dynamic qualities are explored in a variety of contexts.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 4   |  Write: 4  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-010 - Ballet, Beginning

In this course students will focus on the fundamentals of ballet technique while learning traditional French ballet terminology through barre and centre work. Students will be introduced to principles of alignment, port de bras, coordination and musicality while developing strength, flexibility, control and performance quality. The student will gain an appreciation of his/her own unique body in relation to ballet as a classical art form. Attendance at a live dance performance may be required. Students may take no more than 4 units of the combined DANCE 010 and DANCE 011 courses.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-011 - Ballet, Intermediate

This course furthers the student's artistry and skill in classical ballet. The student will apply fundamentals of theory and technique with attention to musicality and performance in the execution of intermediate level barre and centre combinations. The intermediate class will draw from the fundamentals of the beginning ballet while increasing the difficulty in coordination, complexity, tempo and stamina. The student will gain fluency in the use of traditional French volcabulary. Attendance at a live dance performance may be required. Students may take no more than 4 units of the combined DANCE 011 and DANCE 010 courses.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: DANCE 010 with C or better, or assessment based on instructor evaluation

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-014 - Dancers' Workshop

Students will be involoved in the dance rehearsal process which culminates in a public performance. Students participate as dancers, rehearsing and performing repertory reconstructions, folkloric arrangement and original student and faculty choreography. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 units.

Units: 0.5 - 2

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 2 - 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Recommended: Dance 010 - Ballet, Beginning or Dance 020 - Jazz, Beginning or Dance 040 - Tap Dance or Dance 050 - Modern, Beginning

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-019 - Jazz Dance, Fundamentals

Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills of jazz dance technique. Students will learn primary positions, isolations, and locomotor movements. Exploration of movement qualities, basic rhythms, and musical phrasing unique to jazz dance, will be a focus of the course. The student will gain an appreciation of his/her own unique body in relation to jazz dance as a dynamic art form. Attendance at a live performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 0   |  Write: 0  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: None |  Degree Applicable: NAA


DANCE-020 - Jazz Dance, Beginning

Students will be introduced to beginning skills of jazz dance technique. The student will integrate beginning positions, isolations, and locomotor movements into full body actions and explore movement qualities, polyrhythms, and musical phrasing unique to jazz dance. The student will gain an appreciation of his/her own unique body in relation to jazz dance as a dynamic art form. Attendance at a live performance may be required. It is recommended that studetns take DANCE 019, Jazz Dance, Fundamentals, or have some previous dance experience before taking this course.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Recommended: DANCE 019, or previous dance experience

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-021 - Jazz Dance, Intermediate

This course works to develop the student's artistry and jazz dance technique at the intermediate level. The student will apply theory and technique with attention to musicality and performance in the execution of intermediate jazz dance combinations. The course will draw from the beginning level class while increasing the difficulty in coordination, complexity, tempo, stamina, artistry, and the use of vocabulary. Attendance at a live performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: DANCE 020 with C or better, or assessment based on instructor evaluation

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-021B - Jazz Dance, High-Intermediate

This course continues to develop the student's artistry and jazz dance technique at the high-intermediate level. The student will apply theory and technique with attention to musicality and performance in the execution of high-intermediate jazz dance combinations. The course will draw from the intermediate level class while increasing the difficulty in coordination, complexity, tempo, stamina, artistry, and the use of vocabulary. Attendance at a live performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: DANCE 021 with C or better, or assessment based on instructor evaluation

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-022 - Social Dance

Students will learn basic steps, rhythms, and partnering techniques for various social dance forms of European and Latin American origins including Merengue, Waltz, Rhumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa, and Swing Dance. Stylistic origins and evolution in social and historical contexts will also be discussed.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-022B - Intermediate Social Dance

This course works to develop the students' artistry and technique of Social Dance at an intermediate level. Students will learn intermediate steps, rhythms, and partnering techniques for various social dance forms of European and Latin American origins including Merengue, Waltz, Rhumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa, and Swing Dance. Stylistic origins and evolution in social and historical contexts will also be discussed.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Prerequisite: DANCE 022 with C or better

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-040 - Tap Dance

This course introduces the student to elementary tap dance technique and application. The student will learn basic steps, rhythms and elements of improvisation. The student will gain understanding and appreciation of his/her own physical coordination and rhythmic sense in relation to tap dance as a traditional and contemporary performing art.

Units: 0.5

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 2 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-049 - Modern Dance, Fundamentals

Students will be introduced to fundamental skills of modern dance technique. Students will learn basic positions, gestures, traveling and jumping steps, turns, level changes, and spatial orientation. The student will gain an appreciation of her/his own unique body in relation to modern dance as an expressive art form. Attendance at a live dance performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 0   |  Write: 0  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: None |  Degree Applicable: NAA


DANCE-050 - Modern Dance, Beginning

Students will be introduced to beginning skills of modern dance technique. The student will learn basic positions, gestures, traveling and jumping steps, turns and level changes. The student will learn about spatial orientation and will gain an understanding and appreciation of her/his own unique body in relation to dance as an expressive art form. It is recommended that students take DANCE 049, Modern Dance, Fundamentals, or have some previous dance experience before taking the class. Attendance at a live dance performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Recommended: DANCE 049, or previous dance experience

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-051 - Modern Dance, Intermediate

Students will be working at an intermediate level modern dance technique. Focus will be on intermediate level positions, gestures, traveling and jumping steps, turns, level changes and spatial orientation. The student will work towards a deeper level of artistry and expression through musicality and dynamic qualities of movement. The students will gain an understanding and appreciation of her/his own unique body in relation to dance as an expressive art form. Attendance at a live dance performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: DANCE 050 with C or better, or assessment based on instructor evaluation

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


DANCE-051B - Modern Dance, High-Intermediate

This course works to develop the student's artistry and modern dance technique at a high-intermediate level. The student will apply theory and technique with attention to musicality and performance in execution of high-intermediate positions, gestures, traveling and jumping steps, turns and level changes with increasingly more complicated patterns and weight changes. Attendance at a live performance may be required.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: DANCE 051 with C or better, or assessment based on instructor evaluation

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

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