DANC107 Freshman Seminar in Dance
Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Dance
- I. Course Number and Title
- DANC107 Freshman Seminar in Dance
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course is an introductory seminar to understanding dance as a career, dance performance techniques, and dance improvisation. The class explores improvisation, participating in a rehearsal process, basic elements of dance, injury prevention, and dance professions. The class demonstrates how to make a career in the dance field.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- describe dance and its relevance through a technical, somatic, and historical lens;
- describe professions available in the field of dance;
- recognize the importance of injury prevention and how to actively apply the practices of self-care, as well as communicate about it to other dancers;
- analyze a dance related topic of interest and demonstrate individual/group presentation skills;
- demonstrate critical and reflective thinking in relation to improvisational dance studies; and
- describe the steps necessary for starting a dance studio or performance company.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Introduction to dance and its relevance through a technical, somatic, and historical lens.
- Introduction to career opportunities.
- Somatic practices, that focus on injury prevention and self-care.
- Introduction to different dance topics including theatrical elements and performance production.
- Introduction to movement research demonstrating critical and reflective thinking.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Written assignments: Career research paper. Each student researches a career in dance throughout the semester and completes a research paper.
- Performance assessment: Students develop a 5-minute improvisation movement project. Students collaborate with students in the class and present at the end of the semester. This is assessed through a rubric focusing on project guidelines and execution of techniques being learned
- Worksheets: Students assess their knowledge of injury prevention through worksheets focusing on safe ways to prevent injuries in dancers.
- Group Discussions: Students participate in group discussion based upon the material/ readings due that week. This assesses the student's ability to clearly speak about dance in relation to technique, improvisation, and professional aspirations.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 6/1/2020