DANC101 Fundamentals of Modern Dance
Department of Arts and Communication: Dance
- I. Course Number and Title
- DANC101 Fundamentals of Modern Dance
- II. Number of Credits
- 2 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Course offered in Fall Semester
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course provides the student with development and practice in the contemporary/classical principles of modern dance technique. Fundamentals of Modern Dance includes active participation in center, movement across the floor, proper alignment, improvisation, and personal growth within performance techniques. Diverse styles are explored to garner each unique style.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- move successfully through a dance sequence presented before a group;
- define level, focus, dimensions, and direction as they apply to dance;
- move through time and space: rhythm, walk, run, slide, jumps, falls, recoveries, combinations, and variations of these concepts at a beginning level;
- discuss topics from the required text as it relates to modern dance;
- demonstrate muscular strength and endurance needed for dance techniques; and
- use modern dance techniques grounded in an expressive tradition to showcase story telling through movement with the absence of dialogue.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Body placement and Modern Dance fundamental principles.
- Body control, warm-ups, and stretches that directly influence and relate to the study of modern dance.
- Under-curve, head-tail connection, plie, tendu, degage, ronde-jambe, across the floor, center work, and improvisation directly related/incorporating modern dance technique.
- Dance movement: focus, dimension, direction, level, control, and execution.
- Discussion/reflection on the chosen text.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
Movement assessments: The semester consists of three movement assessments in addition to the midterm/final exams. These assessments focus on the culmination of 2-3 weeks' worth of movement ideas to demonstrate the students' knowledge and understanding of the current course work.
Discussion topics: Reflections of the students are kept in a personal journal and presented in class bi-weekly.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 6/2020; Revision 6/1/22; Revision 10/5/22