DANCE PRODUCTION - DANC 2280-01 - 2 credits - MW 2:30-3:15 - REDHILL 127
Paul Zmolek;
Overview of skills necessary to manage and produce formal dance productions: design of costumes, lights, sets and sound; house and stage management. Exploration of business and administration including auditioning, resumes, fund-raising, advertising, promotion, community outreach, and documentation.


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


  • Technical Theater for Nontechnical People, 2nd ed; Drew Campbell
  • Performing Arts Management: A Handbook of Professional Practices; Tobie S. Stein and Jessica Bathurst
  • Guidelines 2011-2013, Idaho Commission on the Arts
  • Linked websites and articles


  • PARTICIPATION   Participation in class discussions and activities, demonstrating a knowledge of assigned readings.
  • DANCE ISU PRODUCTION  Participation in Transitions Dance ISU in Concert as cast or crew member
  • OBSERVATION PAPER A 2 page typewritten paper describing a faculty choreographer’s process with the creative staff/stage manager during Tech Rehearsals for Transitions.  Was the process effective and efficient?  Why?
  • INDIVIDUAL MIDTERM PROJECT  Create a complete Quickfund$ grant application for support of a QuickProject or Professional Development including 2 page resume,  1 page artist’s statement and documentation of creative work.  This may be for a fictional project.
  • GROUP FINAL PROJECT WRITTEN Create a fictional not for profit performing arts organization including: Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Strategic Plan, Managerial, Board and Creative Staffing, Articles of incorporation.  Plan and Budget a season. 
  • GROUP FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION Create a presentation to potential funders/donors.

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.

Participation 90
Transitions 30
Observation Paper 30
Individual Project 60
Group Project presentation 30
Group Project written 60
Total 300
300-270 = A
269-239 = B
238-208 = C
207-167 = D
166-000 = 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.
NOTE: Last day to withdraw is March 18, 2011.