SURVEY OF DANCE - DANC 1105-04 - 3 credits - MW 11:00-12:15 - SPAC 234
Paul Zmolek;
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.

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

    Class handouts


  • "Homework" Assignments and Quizzes. You will be given weekly assignments or quizzes (12 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 10 points each. Electronically submitted assignments will be deducted 50%.
  • 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. Wed, Dec 15, 2010, 10:00-noon. 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, Wed, Dec 15, 2010, 10:00-noon. 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: Last day to withdraw is Oct. 29, 2010.

Plagiarism Policy

Students should be aware of ISU’s policies on plagiarism. The Idaho State University Faculty/Staff Handbook (Part 6, Section IX, page 6.9.1) states

PLAGIARISM is defined as representing another person’s words, ideas, data or work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the exact duplication of another’s work and the incorporation of a substantial or essential portion thereof without the appropriate citation. ... The guiding principle is that all work submitted must be properly credited to the original source(s) of the information. In written work, direct quotations, statements which are paraphrased, summarizations of the work of another, and other information which is not considered common knowledge must be cited or acknowledged, usually in the form of a footnote. Quotation marks or a proper form of identification shall be used to indicate direct quotations.

The Handbook further states that instructors may penalize students for academic dishonesty by giving a grade reduction on the work in question, giving a failing grade for the course, and giving a failing grade for the course with a notation on the student’s transcript. Additional penalties may be assigned at the university level, including suspension from the university and expulsion from the university.

"Homework" and Quizzes 120
Practical Application 60
Mid-Term Exam 100
Final Exam 100
Performance Critique 20
Total 400
400-360 = A
359-320 = B
319-280 = C
279-240 = D
239-000 = 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.
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