Dance

College of Arts and Humanities

Division of Performing, Visual, and Digital Media Arts

 

 

Faculty

Doris Ressl, Dance Coordinator

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

Michelle Funderburk, Elissa Kyriacou

Melodee A CJ Wilcox, Administrative Support

Division Office: LCH E-303 (310) 243-3543

 

Program Description

The area of dance is affiliated with the Division of Performing, Visual and Digital Media Arts at CSU Dominguez Hills.  A Dance minor is offered and requires a total of 23-24 semester units. A minimum of 12 semester units are required in upper division courses.

The Dance Program offers each student the opportunity to develop creative & technical skills to become leaders in the field of dance as choreographers, dancers, and teachers in studios, private and public schools.  The Dance Program is multi-cultural 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, Middle Eastern Dance, African Dance and more.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in master dance classes by nationally known artists.  Classes in Choreography, Dance Production, Dance History, and Dance Perceptions 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 mirrored walls and the main studio has ballet barres, a grand piano, and sound and video systems. Ballet and modern classes have live music accompaniment.  Ample modern locker and shower facilities also are 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.  Since exposure to working professionals can broaden the students’ perspective, guest artists and master dance teachers also are scheduled to work with students throughout the academic year.

 

Academic Advisement

To obtain an advisor for dance, the student should contact the secretary in the Division of Performing and Digital Media Arts to schedule a meeting. During the first advisement meeting, educational goals and previous dance experience will be discussed. On the basis of this discussion, the progression of the student’s dance minor requirements will be planned. Career opportunities also will be discussed. If transferring from a community college, the student should bring a copy of his/her transcript.

 

Preparation

If high school students are considering pursuing a career in dance, the department suggests study in ballet, modern and jazz dance technique. Also, students should take advantage of all available choreography and performance opportunities, and view as many dance performances as possible at school and in the community. In addition to high school graduation requirements, the student should study art, music, drama, literature, philosophy, and physiology.

While attending community college, students should seek choreographic and performance experience in theatre presentations and view as many dance performances as possible.

Courses taken at community colleges in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and other selected dance styles will transfer and satisfy the lower division requirements for the 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.   Take a heavier academic load during the fall semester in order to avoid being overworked in the spring when the annual Dance Concert takes place.

5.   Attend as many live dance concerts as possible.

6.   Attend master classes offered at the University.

 

Career Possibilities

The Dance Minor is designed for students who desire to become a choreographer, teacher or performer. The purpose of the minor is to provide students with a broad based foundation in dance and to prepare them for work in public schools, private dance studios, fitness programs or theatres and television. The student studies a variety of dance subjects including Dance Technique, Dance History, Choreography, Music for Dance, Dance Performance and Dance Production.

 

Student Organizations

      Dance Club - Open to all students interested in dance.

      ACDFA- American College Dance Festival Association.  Attendance at the annual festival is open to interested dance students.

 

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.