SURVEY OF DANCE - DANC 1105 - 3 credits - TR 1:00-2:15 - Rend 243
Office Hours: TR 12:00-1:00 RH 129 and by appointment; (208) 282-6143;

Performance Response Guidelines
Historical development of dance cross-culturally from early to modern times. A study of language, literature and forms of dance. Develops ability to describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate dance through exposure to writings, discussions, active learning dance experiences, and performances. Relationship of dance to the fine arts and other disciplines. Satisfies Goal 6 of G.E. Requirements.


  • To expand your experience and vision of Dance as recreation, ritual and art.

  • To develop critical thinking skills through the exchange of ideas.

  • To expand awareness of movement as the primary extension system of humans.

  • To gain practical experience with Dance as an art.


The format of this class is a combination of viewing dance films and videos, readings, class lectures, practical applications and group discussions. Attendance and full participation in all activities is mandatory.


    Beyond Words: Movement Observation and Analysis. Carol-Lynne Moore & Kaoru Yamamoto; Taylor and Francis, 1988.

    Class handouts


  • Attend each class on time, ready to work and participate fully from beginning to end. Full participation is required for full credit. Tardiness and non- or partial participation will not receive full credit.
  • Participate in discussions: creative and critical . You’re perceptions are valid and valued. As artists, we need the skills of presenting and defending our ideas through the use of thoughtful, articulate and eloquent language. Your participation in these discussions is a major component of your cummulative grade.
  • Weekly Writing Assignments. You will be given weekly writing assignments for a total of (10) based upon the readings, discussions and videos presented in class. Usually, writing prompts will be uploaded to the assignments page by Friday and will be due the following Thursday, but I reserve the right to make changes appropriate to the progression of the class. Have assignments completed on time. Late assignments will not be accepted. All written assignments, must by typed, 1-2 pages, single or double-spaced, unless otherwise stated. Assignments will be worth 5 points each.
  • Mid-term will be in essay format. You will be given the test questions two weeks in advance of the test date to help you prepare. Study groups are highly recommended to prepare for this exam.
  • One practical application/group assignment. Due Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 12:30-2:30pm, Red Hill Dance Studio 103.
  • Attendance of a dance and/or movement performance. A 3 page typewritten critical description of what you saw and your honest reaction to the various dances is required. You will need to attach your ticket stub and program to the report. All papers must be typed. I will not accept handwritten or late papers.
  • Final Examination, Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 12:30-2:30pm, Red Hill 103 . You will be given the test questions and study guide two weeks in advance of the test date to help you prepare. Study groups are highly recommended to prepare for this exam.
    NOTE: All papers must be original. Quotes and paraphrased ideas must be properly footnoted. Any student caught plagiarizing or purchasing a paper from an outside source (i.e., Internet) will receive an "F" for the course. Click here for Definition of Plagiarism according to the ISU Student Handbook.
  • NOTE: Last day to register, add/drop, change section, or audit full semester courses is Sept. 2; Last day to withdraw is October 28, 2011.
  • Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
  • Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a disability or think you have a disability (physical, learning disability, hearing, vision, psychiatric) which may need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the ADA Disabilities & Resource Center located in Graveley Hall, Room 123, 282-3599 as early as possible.
Writing Assignments (10) 50
Participation/Discussion 30
Practical Application 50
Mid-Term Exam 50
Final Exam 50
Performance Critique 20
Total 250
250-240 = A
239-229 = A-
229-220 = B+
219-210 = B
209-200 = B-
199-190 = C+
189-180 = C
179-170 = C-
169-165 = D+
164-160 = D
159-155 = D-
154-000 = F
A=exceptional work, demonstrating consistently excellent performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding.
B= very good to outstanding work most of the time demonstrating a high degree of excellence in performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding, particularly as the term progresses.
C=fundamental mastery of skill, steady growth, good participation, appropriate attendance, basic theoretical and aesthetic understanding.
D=performance marred by lapses in attendance, attention, attitude or missing course work.
F=performance interrupted by significant absence or failure to complete expected course work.
Performance Response Guidelines