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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 Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand dance as an academic discipline.
    • Compare and contrast past experience in dance in relation to present DSU dance program structure and curriculum.
    • Create degree works graduation plan in relation to your future academic and career goals
    • Apply for a scholarship through the department or a summer training program.
  2. Understand the elements and functions of dance.
    • Identify elements and functions of dance.
    • Describe the elements and functions of dance.
    • Discuss the essential elements of dance.
    • Sketch the elements of dance.
  3. Understand major genres, roles, and careers in dance.
    • Describe salient characteristics of each genre.
    • Perform choreographic studies that relate salient characteristics of each genre.
    • Identify potential artistic roles and careers in dance.
  4. Examine the choreographic process as creative research.
    • Describe preconceived notions/expectations the choreographic process as creative research.
    • Self-reflection of individual perceptions in light of course content.
  5. Assess the diversity of dance in community, regional, national and global culture.
    • Examine the value of diversity of personal perceptive.
    • Discuss current issues pertaining to the dance field.
  6. Observe and write about dance performance using a dance analysis model.
  7. Develop a personal Reflective Practice
    • Reflect on the past dance experience, present technical and artistic performance, future dance goals.