Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Saba, Monica "Micki"
Discipline and Number
DANC 1310 Section 001
MWF Time 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Course Title
Understanding Dance

Description of Course:

Understanding Dance offers the student an opportunity to develop an awareness and appreciation of dance in its cultural, social, and artistic contexts through explorations in dance aesthetics, history, and the creative process. Students will study dance through lecture, viewing and critiquing of live and video dance performances, readings, participatory study of selected dance genres, exposure to the art of theatrical production, and exploration of the creative process. This class will view dance, talk about dance, and explore dance as a living embodiment of our culture and ourselves.

Required Texts:

Ambrosio, N. (2006).Learning About Dance: Dance as an Art Form and Entertainment. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. (4th ed.)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Student evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation, written and reading assignments,performance attendance and analysis, exams, presentations, and classroom activities. Students will be required to attend two live dance performances approved by the instructor and write an analysis for at least one. Classroom sessions will range from discussion of reading assignments to participatory activities that are movement oriented. Final presentations on infuencial figures in dance will be given at the end of the semester.

Probable Grade Breakdown:
10% Attendance
30% Participation
10% Classroom assignments
20% Dance Performance Attendance and Analysis
20% Exams
20% Final Presentations

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