DANC207 Dance Composition I
Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Dance
- I. Course Number and Title
- DANC207 Dance Composition I
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- DANC101 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course explores the principles of dance composition including creativity, movement invention, choreographic structuring and the development of analytical skills as applied to dance. Class concentrates on exploring composition through improvisation; assigned movement studies; active engagement in a critical evaluation process; techniques needed for the creation of solo/group composition.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- identify and describe movement components and choreographic form;
- create movement studies that use the tools of choreography and connect to one's personal artistic voice;
- improvise movement and present a repeatable movement idea;
- articulate and develop the intent and motivation behind personally developed work;
- describe methods of the choreographic process; and
- discuss the required text as it relates to dance composition.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Manipulation: augmentation, diminution, mirroring, religion, isolation, accumulation, inversion, retrograde, transposition, transformation, embellishment, cannon, transitions and splicing.
- Solo: Clear concept. Showcasing a cohesive story line with movement.
- Duet: Cannon, unison, mirroring, contrast, opposition, and spatial relationship/ interaction.
- Trio/Small group: entrance/exit, progression, repetition, design tension, unity, cohesiveness, overlapping.
- Directing envisioning, lighting, costumes, teaching, and rehearsing.
- Reflective written assignments outlining the creative process.
- Discussion of journal entries relating to the assigned readings.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Choreographic assessments: Short movement phrases of 1-2 minutes long are showcased bi-weekly within the classroom to examine what the students have learned based upon the topic of the week. These choreographic assessments determine the knowledge and comprehension of the student in relation to the elements of dance composition.
- Reflection written assignments: Short essays examining the choreographer's creative process for each of the movement assessments.
- Journal: Personal journal entries are kept weekly reflecting on passages discussed in class regarding the text and assigned readings.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 6/2020