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Course Syllabus

Course: DANC 1230

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Dance
Title: Modern Dance II

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course builds on the technique, theory and vocabulary acquired in Modern Dance; I. It introduces students to the intermediate-level principles of both classical and contemporary dance technique styles.; Movement is presented by means of demonstration, description and exploration. Emphasis is on alignment, coordination, strength, release, proprioception, muscular control, and artistry.This course is repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 2; Lab: 1

Prerequisites: DANC 1200 or Permission of Instructor

Justification: Modern Dance is essential to well-rounded dancers today, as they are expected to be well versed in all types of Western European Dance styles. Technique, historical context and improvisation are presented, giving individual dancers the tools to produce interesting and personal movement. The analysis of physical movement and structure along with modern dance vocabulary and quick assimilation of dance movement develops mental and physical dexterity. Self-observation through the use of recording devices and evaluative writing prompts refine self-knowledge and sharpen critical thinking skills. This course is required for all Dance Majors, and fills an elective credit for physical education at four-year universities.

General Education Outcomes:
5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. Students will learn the cultural and historical context in which Modern Dance grew and changed during the "Second Generation". By studying this history, they will see how social issues and historical events can impact dance, and how dance can be a means of creating change in the world.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate intermediate level Modern Dance technique skills along with the ability to analyze movement using anatomical principles; demonstrate a knowledge of the history of Modern Dance and its contribution to the world of dance; know and understand the elements and vocabulary of dance and improvise using these elements; 

develop critical thinking skills through observation and analysis of personal movement habits; show increased ability in areas of flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination, proprioception and endurance; communicate a deep appreciation of Modern Dance as an art form through the study of Modern Dance history and vocabulary. These skills will be assessed through classroom discussion, written and practical exams, self-assessment, and weekly teacher evaluation of students' performance in the classroom. 

Each class will consist of three essential components: warm-up, movement exploration and cooldown. Warm up will include improvisation, dynamic stretching and conditioning; movement exploration will include floor work, center work and traveling patterns across the floor; and will consist of passive stretching work in the center. In addition to the above, basic anatomy and physiology will be discussed to analyze movement and develop solutions to balance and other dance issues. Rhythm and musicality using classical and contemporary music will be examined. Finally, through observation and written critique students will further refine their critical thinking skills and develop a further appreciation of the art of dance.

Key Performance Indicators:
Class conduct: 20-40% of the final grade 

Technical and Artistic process: 20-40% of the final grade 

Midterm Practical: 10-20% of the final grade 

Final Project: 10-20% of the final grade 

Dance Review Paper: 10-20% of the final grade 






Representative Text and/or Supplies:
A leotard, form-fitting shirt and dance pants that will allow for unrestricted movement are required

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 25
Optimum Class Size: 15