SURVEY OF DANCE - DANC 105 - 3 credits - MW 4:00-5:15 - Rend 243
Office Hours: MW 12:00-1:00 RH 129 and by appointment; (208) 282-6143; garijose@isu.edu
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COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

OBJECTIVES

  • 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.

COURSE CONTENT

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.

REQUIRED TEXTS

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

    Dance: Rituals of Experience. Jamake Highwater; Oxford University, 1992.

    Class handouts

EVALUATION and GRADING

  • 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.
  • "Homework" Assignments and Quizzes. You will be given weekly assignments or quizzes (14 total) based upon the readings, discussions and videos you will see. Homework assignments will vary from week to week, taking on varied forms of presentation. Usually, they will be due the following Monday, 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 unless otherwise stated. I also reserve the right to administer quizzes on the fly, Monday or Wednesday. If you have done the reading and paid attention in class, you will be prepared. Assignments and/or quizzes 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. Monday, December 14, 2009, 5:30-7:30pm, Red Hill Dance Studio 103. One group assignment; I will assign groups. Detailed description of this project will be provided later in the semester.
  • 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, Monday, December 14, 2009, 5:30-7:30pm, Red Hill Dance Studio 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.
"Homework" and Quizzes 60
Participation/Discussion 60
Practical Application 60
Mid-Term Exam 50
Final Exam 50
Performance Critique 20
Total 300
300-270 = A
269-240 = B
239-210 = C
209-180 = D
179-000 = 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