DANC 2110, Introduction to Dance (For Majors)

(3.0 Credits)

Course Description
This course is for students interested in pursuing a major or emphasis in dance and for all students interested in attaining general knowledge of dance as an art form. It is designed to introduce brief history of dance and major genres of dance to enable students to make certain critical analyses and to identify style, form, technique, and individuals who have made significant contributions in the dance field. To examine various dimensions of dance discipline including performance, choreography, teaching, dance criticism, dance science, movement analysis, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is taught through lecture, reading, discussion, writing, practice sessions, and video observation. There are no prerequisites. This course will serve as a prerequisite for DANC 4710, Dance History.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the characteristics of dance and functions of dance.
  2. Attain the knowledge of major genres of dance and basic history of dance.
  3. Develop an appreciation for the great variety of dance and diversity of culture in human society.
  4. Gain insight into the creative and choreographic process.
  5. Develop the ability to conduct research in dance, make certain critical analyses of dance, and write a dance critique.
  6. Develop a greater awareness of the various career opportunities in the field of dance.
  7. Develop the ability to discuss current issues pertaining to the dance field.
  8. Develop an appreciation for the complexity and beauty of movement as expressed through dance.
  9. Be able to define “what is dance.”