DANCE

College of Arts and Humanities

Division of Performing, Visual, and Digital Media Arts

Department of Theatre and Dance

 

BA Theatre Arts

Dance Option

(See Theatre Arts section in University Catalog for the Dance Option Program Description)

 

Minor

 

Faculty

Donis Leonard, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance

Doris Ressl, Dance Coordinator

Coordinator's Office: LCH A-343, (310) 243-3732

Program Office: LCH A-109 (310) 243-3588

Jeff Hendrix

Emeritus Faculty

Carol A. Tubbs

 

Program Description

The Dance Option and Dance Minor offers each student the opportunity to develop creative and technical skills to become leaders in the field of dance as dancers, choreographers, and teachers in studios, private, and public schools.  The Dance Program is multicultural and multi-ethnic by nature and offers a wide range of dance styles and techniques to explore.  Students are encouraged to create, produce, and assess their work in relation to the broad knowledge of dance history and its traditions.

CSUDH Dance Faculty are professional dancers, choreographers, and teachers who offer classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Middle Eastern, African Dance and more.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in master dance classes by nationally known artists and attend the American College Dance Festival.  Classes in Choreography, Dance Production, Dance History, Dance Perceptions, and Dance for Children round out the Dance Program to offer professional experiences to all.

Features

Two large dance studios are available to students.  Both studios are equipped with sprung floors, mirrored walls and the main studio has ballet barres, a grand piano, and audiovisual systems.  Ballet and modern classes have live music accompaniment.  Ample locker and shower facilities are also available.  Dance students have unique opportunities to perform in a fully equipped, modern university theatre.  Two dance concerts are held each year, one in each semester.  There are also opportunities to perform at various campus events help throughout the year.  The dance program is a member of the American College Dance Festival Association.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the ACDFA annual conference and adjudication concerts in the Baja Region.

Academic Advisement

We request that students meet with their respective advisors for consultation.  To obtain an advisor, students should contact the Department's Administrative Coordinator to schedule a first meeting.  Educational goals and previous dance experience will be discussed during the first advisement meeting.  Based on this discussion, the progression of the student's major or minor requirements will be planned. Career opportunities will also be discussed.  Student should bring a copy of his/her transcripts if transferring from a community or 4 year college.

Preparation

In the Dance Option and Dance Minor, it is strongly suggested that students pursuing a career in dance study ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques.  Also, students should take advantage of all available choreography and performance opportunities and view as many dance performances as possible.  In addition to high school graduation requirements, the student should study art, music, acting, literature, philosophy, and kinesiology.  While attending community college, students should seek choreographic and performance experience in theatre presentations and attend as many dance performances as possible.  Most dance technique courses taken at community colleges in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and other selected dance styles will transfer to satisfy the lower division requirements for the Dance Option major and Dance minor.

Helpful Hints

  1. Seek advisement regularly.
  2. Take one year of ballet and modern dance before enrolling in choreography.
  3. Study dance technique during the summer months.
  4. Attend as many live dance concerts as possible.
  5. Attend master classes offered at the University.

Career Possibilities

The purpose of the Dance Option is to provide students with a broad-based foundation in dance and to prepare them for auditioning for and performing in dance companies, teaching opportunities in public schools, private dance studios, fitness programs, theatre, television, industrial shows, and working in "the business." The Dance Minor is designed for students who desire to become a performer, choreographer, or teacher. 

Student Organizations

Toro Dance Club - Open to all students interested in dance.  The dance club works to expand the breadth of the dance program by sponsoring master dance classes and performances.

American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) - Interested dance students have opportunities to attend the annual conference and participate in the adjudication concerts.  Students will meet students from college dance programs in and out of the Baja Region, take master dance classes, perform in adjudication concerts, receive feedback, and experience dance from other undergraduate and graduate academic institutions.

 

Minor in Dance (23-24 units)

A.  Lower Division Requirements (11-12 units)

1.  Required Courses (10 units):

DAN 200. Jazz I (2)

DAN 210. Ballet I (2)

DAN 215. Ballet II (2)

DAN 220. Modern Dance I (2)

DAN 225. Modern Dance II (2)

2.  Select one course from the following (1-2 units):

DAN 110. Dance of World Cultures (1)

DAN 120. Tap Dance (1)

DAN 205. Jazz II (2)

 

B.  Upper Division Requirements (12 units)

1.  Required Courses (10 units):

DAN 330. Beginning Choreography I (2)

DAN 335. Beginning Choreography II (2)

DAN 340. Dance Production (1)

DAN 345. Music for Dance (2)

DAN 355. History of Dance (3)

2.  Select one course from the following (2 units):

DAN 310. Ballet III (2)

DAN 320. Modern Dance III (2)

Technique Advancement

Students may advance to a higher level in a dance technique requirement if they receive prior permission from the Dance Coordinator.

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Lower Division

DAN 110         Dance of World Cultures (1).

Introduction to a variety of ethnic and social dance forms; and appreciation of their historical and cultural origins. Repeatable for credit. Two hours of activity per week.

DAN 120         Tap Dance (1).          

Development of proficiency in performing elementary tap technique with emphasis on skills, steps, combinations and terminology. Appreciation of the origin and evolution of tap dance. Repeatable for credit. Two hours of activity per week.

DAN 130         Dance Perceptions (3).

Introduction to dance in America through viewing of dance films, videotapes and live performances. Applications of aesthetic perception and criticism skills to determine artistic value of ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance performances. Three hours of lecture viewing per week.

DAN 200         Jazz I (2).

Development of proficiency in performing beginning jazz dance technique. Emphasis on theory, terminology, steps and combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Appreciation of origin and evolution of jazz. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 205         Jazz II (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 200 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing beginning jazz dance technique. Emphasis on theory, terminology, steps and combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Appreciation of origin and evolution of jazz. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 210         Ballet I (2).

Development of proficiency in performing elementary ballet technique. Emphasis on basic theory, positions, steps, combinations and French terminology. Appreciation of ballet as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 215         Ballet II (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 210 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing elementary ballet technique. Emphasis on basic theory, positions, steps, combinations and French terminology. Appreciation of ballet as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 220         Modern Dance I (2).

Development of proficiency in performing beginning modern dance technique. Emphasis on basic technical development, movement theories, movement phrasing and terminology. Appreciation of basic movement discoveries of early pioneers in modern dance, and of modern dance as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 225         Modern Dance II (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 220 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing beginning modern dance technique. Emphasis on basic technical development, movement theories, movement phrasing and terminology. Appreciation of basic movement discoveries of early pioneers in modern dance, and of modern dance as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

Upper Division

DAN 300         Jazz III (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 205 or consent of instructor.

Development of proficiency in performing intermediate jazz dance technique. Emphasis on theory, terminology, steps and combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Appreciation of the origin and evolution of jazz. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 305         Jazz IV (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 300 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing intermediate jazz dance technique. Emphasis on theory, terminology, steps and combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Appreciation of the origin and evolution of jazz. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 310         Ballet III (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 215 or consent of instructor.

Development of proficiency in performing intermediate ballet technique. Emphasis on theory, positions, steps, combinations and French terminology. Appreciation of ballet as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 315         Ballet IV (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 310 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing intermediate ballet technique. Emphasis on theory, positions, steps, combinations and French terminology. Appreciation of ballet as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 320         Modern Dance III (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 225 or consent of instructor.

Development of proficiency in performing intermediate modern dance technique. Emphasis on intermediate technical development, movement theories, movement phrasing and terminology. Appreciation of intermediate movement discoveries of early pioneers in modern dance, and of modern dance as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 325         Modern Dance IV (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 320 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing intermediate modern dance technique. Emphasis on intermediate technical development, movement theories, movement phrasing and terminology. Appreciation of intermediate movement discoveries of early pioneers in modern dance, and of modern dance as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 330         Beginning Choreography I (2).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a dance technique class.

Introduction to dance composition, effort shape, and aesthetic perception and criticism. Lab experiences exploring principles of dance composition, improvising, creating solo and small group short studies, developing performance skills, and applying aesthetic scanning models to dance. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 335         Beginning Choreography II (2).

Prerequisites: DAN 330 and concurrent enrollment in a dance technique class.

Progressing from creating introductory studies to creating extended studies. Lab experiences applying principles of dance composition, improvising, extending introductory studies, creating large-group short studies, and further developing performance and aesthetic scanning skills. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 340         Dance Production (1).

Prerequisites: DAN 330 and DAN 335 or consent of instructor.

Designed to teach students how to coordinate and produce a dance concert. Emphasis on technical aspects of dance production such as lighting design, costume design and construction, recording sound, applying dance makeup, staging dances, and concert publicity and promotion. Repeatable for credit. Three hours of activity per week.

DAN 345         Music for Dance (2).

Prerequisites: DAN 330 recommended.

Basic music notation of simple and complex rhythmic patterns and a brief survey of the historical periods of music for dance. One hour of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

DAN 355         History of Dance (3).

Study of the historical and cultural development of dance movement as ritual, social and performing art activity in world cultures from early man and woman to the present time.

DAN 410         Ballet V (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 315 or consent of instructor.

Development of proficiency in performing intermediate-advanced ballet technique. Emphasis on intermediate-advanced theory, positions, combinations and French terminology. Appreciation of ballet as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 415         Ballet VI (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 410 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing intermediate- advanced ballet technique. Emphasis on intermediate-advanced theory, positions, combinations and French terminology. Appreciation of ballet as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 420         Modern Dance V (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 325 or consent of instructor.

Development of proficiency in performing intermediate-advanced modern dance technique. Emphasis on intermediate-advanced technical development, movement theories, movement phrasing and terminology. Appreciation of movement discoveries of contemporary modern dancers, and of modern dance as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 425         Modern Dance VI (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 420 or consent of instructor.

Continuing development of proficiency in performing intermediate-advanced modern dance technique. Emphasis on intermediate-advanced technical development, movement theories, movement phrasing and terminology. Appreciation of movement discoveries of contemporary modern dancers, and of modern dance as an art form. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 430         Intermediate Choreography (2).

Prerequisite: DAN 335 and concurrent enrollment in a dance technique class.

Progressing from creating dance studies to creating dances. Introduction to process of putting choreography on dancers. Emphasis on refining one's unique way of moving and composing dances, creating dances that represent a unified whole, and refining performance and criticism skills. Repeatable for credit. Fours hours of activity per week.

DAN 440         Dance for Children (3).

Study of developmentally appropriate creative movement experiences for children. Examination of teaching methodology designed to develop foundational movement skills, artistic exploration of movement elements, improvisational techniques, imagination and creativity, and how these learning activities can be taught across the curriculum.

DAN 480         Dance Rehearsal and Performance (2).

Prerequisites: DAN 200, DAN 205, DAN 210, DAN 215, DAN 220, DAN 225 are recommended.

Participation as a performer and/or choreographer in a Dance Program approved, University sponsored production. Concert participation is by audition only. Repeatable for credit. Four hours of activity per week.

DAN 494         Dance: Independent Study (1-3).

Advanced study in dance, with each student participating in a special project mutually agreed upon by student and instructor.

DAN 496         Internship in Dance (1-3).

Prerequisites: Upper division class standing; PED 448 is recommended.

Planned internship in alternative dance careers at a cooperating institution, agency, organization or company under professional supervision. Application of principles and skills acquired in student's chosen professional preparation program.

DAN 495         Special Topics in Dance (1-3).

Intensive study of a dance topic of current interest. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6.0 units.