Dance Courses


Dance Courses

DANCE-101                     Introduction to Dance

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course has been additionally approved to be offered in a Distance Education, Online, format.

This course introduces the student to dance as an art form through lecture, discussion, video and other classroom activities. An emphasis will be placed on the history of dance, contemporary trends, and the contributions made by dance pioneers.

 

DANCE-118A Beginning Techniques of Hip Hop and Urban Funk

.5-1 Units: 27-54 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to present the dance forms of hip hop and funk culture.  The purpose of this course is to teach beginning students about the evolution of popular dance in the United States and to assist students in understanding how ethnic influences and historical events have influenced popular dance culture.

 

DANCE-161A Beginning Ballroom Dance

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to teach students the different styles, diverse origins, rhythms, tempos, and aesthetics of beginning ballroom dance.  Dance styles will include the Salsa, Rumba, Tango, Hustle, Waltz, Fox Trot, Swing, etc.  The course will also focus on how to dance with a partner.

 

DANCE-161B Intermediate Ballroom Dance

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: Dance-161; or Dance-161A

This course is designed to teach intermediate students advanced styles, complicated rhythms, tempos, and aesthetics of ballroom dance.  Dance styles will include the Salsa, Rumba, Tango, Hustle, Waltz Fox Trot, and Swing, etc.  The course will also focus on advanced partner work.

 

DANCE-163A Beginning Latin Social Dance

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course will focus on beginning Latin social dances.  Students will learn specific dance movement skills and terminology, while improving physical endurance.  Students will learn the Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba Mambo, Salsa, Meringue and other Latin dances.  This course requires no previous dance training.

 

DANCE-164A Beginning Ballet I

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to teach students the basic beginning ballet positions for the body, arms, and feet.  Students will acquire a range of technical skills that include strength, agility, and flexibility training.  Classes will focus on the barre, center floor and movement combinations.  Students will also learn classical dance terminology.

 

DANCE-164B Intermediate Ballet

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to teach students the intermediate ballet positions.  Students will acquire a range of technical skills that include strength, agility, and flexibility training.  Classes will focus on the barre, center floor and movement combinations.  Students will also learn classical dance terminology.  Not repeatable.

DANCE-166A Beginning Argentine Tango & Swing Dance

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

The course will focus on teaching the fundamentals of beginning Argentine Tango & Swing dance technique.  Students will also learn different modes of movement and music associated with these dance styles.

 

DANCE-167A Beginning Egyptian Belly Dancing

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course introduces students to beginning Egyptian Belly Dancing.  The course will focus on teaching students a powerful expression of beauty.  Students will gain strength, sensuality, patience and determination.  Historical information about the Egyptian culture, legendary dancers, and “Golden Age of Belly Dance” will be presented.

 

DANCE-168A Beginning Tap Dancing

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to introduce students to beginning tap dance technique.  It will cover a range of tab dance, styles, such as buck and wing, and rhythm tap dance.  Cultural and historical aspects of tap dance will be studied.

 

DANCE-169A Beginning Dance as Performance

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course will introduce the beginning student to the various methods of composing dances for stage presentation.  This course requires previous technical skill in jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, or traditional dance.  Students will be encouraged to develop their own creative process by drawing from their life and previous dance experiences to craft meaningful dance pieces.

 

DANCE-170A Beginning African Dance with Contemporary Styles

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to introduce students to traditional dances from Guinea, Senegal, and the Congo regions of Africa. Students will learn the beginning contemporary dances that have evolved from these traditions as well as learn how these styles have influenced contemporary styles in the United States. This course will also increase students’ endurance, coordination, rhythm, agility, and flexibility. This course requires no previous dance training.

 

DANCE-171A Beginning Urban Jazz Dance

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to teach beginning students the urban influences within jazz dance. The course will review the history, music, cultural changes, and evolution of urban dance. The course will help students understand that urban jazz is part of a genre of dance that requires a series of specialized movement techniques that contribute to overall fitness to improve strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.

 

DANCE-172A Beginning Dance Ensemble

.5-2 Units: 27-108 hours of activity, per term, LR, DG

This course is intended to give beginning students an opportunity to create and perform dance routines.  Students may either choose dance styles from among the currently offered dance classes (ballet, bell dancing, Latin jazz, Latin social dances, tango, ballroom, tap, African dance with contemporary style, urban jazz and hip hop) or they may create a student directed choreography routine to be performed at various community presentations.  Students will create and practice their dance routines with the instructor assigned to that genre of dance.