DANC204 Dance History
Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Dance
- I. Course Number and Title
- DANC204 Dance History
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- Reading Placement Test Score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better) or COMP108 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course surveys dance history through examples from ancient times to the present. The course looks at diversity of dance practices across cultures, concert stage, vernacular settings, and screen media. Through the study of dance's history, aesthetic elements, and communicative power, students become familiar with dance as a vital form of artistic expression and creation throughout time and space.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- identify and discuss societal forces that have influenced the development of dance forms;
- describe dance as a communicative art and a means of personal expression connecting choreographic meaning to historical, social, and political phenomena;
- analyze dance performances and describe the salient features of selected dance styles;
- identify and describe global events and artists of dance history;
- discuss and write critically about dance; and
- analyze the evolution of dance as an art form through a cross-cultural, historical lens.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Introduction to the development of dance forms through societal influences
- 18th Century- Pre-Ballet and Western Social Dancing
- 19th Century- Modern Dance, and Ballet Romanticism
- 20th Century- Musical Jazz, Fosse, Swing Dance, Tap, Post Modern Dance, contact improvisation/improvisation
- 21st Century- Hip-Hop, House Dance, Contemporary Dance
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Dance Critique of a recorded performance: A list of dance performances to watch and a rubric of proper dance critique etiquette is provided. There are two of these dance critiques throughout the semester.
- Written Assignment: A 3000-word essay at the conclusion of the course focusing on a cultural dance topic discussed in class.
- Cumulative midterm exam
- Cumulative final exam
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 6/2020