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Course Syllabus

Course: DANC 2906

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Dance
Title: Snow Dance Ensemble III

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

Catalog Description: This course builds on the experience and knowledge gained in Snow Dance Ensemble II course and provides a rigorous reintroduction to the process and practice of dance rehearsal and performance in a professional dance company setting. Curriculum includes lecture/demonstrations and performances for the college, community, local schools and other performances as requested. Audition or permission of instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. Audition required.

Corequisites: Ballet I or II or III and Modern Dance I or II or III

Justification: Because dance is a performing art, it is essential that students planning a career in dance have an opportunity to perform and watch performances as part of their education. In this course dance technique and theory become the foundation rather than the focus of instruction as students work as an ensemble to rehearse and perform works that will inspire and educate the audience. It is of cultural importance to build an audience for dance among the general student body and community. This course is standard at four-year institutions throughout the state for anyone pursuing a degree in dance.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Students will have the opportunity to respond to their own videotaped rehearsals and performances; the dancing of their peers in class; and many performances at the American College Dance Festival. Response will come in the form of a written critique and discussion. Students will gain the experience of sensitively interpreting the work of the choreographers with whom they work.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Students must maintain a standard of personal fitness appropriate to the requirements of the choreography selected. They will learn many types of stretch, diet and injury prevention from the instructor and the guest artists with whom they will work.

3: A student who completes the GE curriculum can speak and write effectively and respectfully as a member of the global community, and work effectively as a member of a team. This entire course is designed to give students the skills they will need to audition and become a contributing member of a professional dance company.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

Accurately perform dances choreographed by the instructor, professional choreographers and selected students. 

Demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary dance forms.  

Demonstrate professionalism as they learn to work with a variety of choreographers and as a company in pre-planning, rehearsal and performance situations.  

Demonstrate proficiency in performance, technique, marketing, outreach and other collaborative group work. 

Produce a concert while developing skills in advertising, budgeting, poster design, costume design and repair  

These skills will be assessed through instructor feedback, student self-assessment and written assignments.  

Students will learn the process of auditioning, performance, in-class rehearsal, dress and technical rehearsals, casting, scheduling and concert/company promotion. Students will learn the works of the instructor as well as professional guest artists, thereby gaining important experience in rapid comprehension, retention of material and teamwork. The importance of a performer's responsibilities will be stressed. The students will participate in the American College Dance Festival when appropriate.

Key Performance Indicators:
Participation: students must attend and participate in every class session. (20%-40% of the final grade)  

Ensemble work: students will participate in student-led small group rehearsals outside of regular class time; student will also work in small groups on outreach, fundraisng and marketing projects for the company (20%-40% of the final grade)  

Performance: students will participate in all public performances and review recordings of performances. (20%-40% of the final grade) 

Written assignments: students will evaluate their experiences in dance conferences, choreographic projects and workshops led by visiting Guest Artists. (20%-40% of the final grade) 







Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Students will need to wear professional dance attire (leotard, tight fitting dance top, dance pants) and shoes appropriate for the type of movement to be performed.Students may need to purchase a base costume (a leotard and dance pants) each year.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 10