DAN-111: Introduction to the Art of Dance (2C)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: DAN-111 Introduction to the Art of Dance (2C)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

A study of dance as an art form. Includes an introduction to theories and styles of dance from the Renaissance to the avant-garde. Relationship of dance to music, fine art, and theater discussed and clarified through film showings, selected readings and attendance at dance performances. No previous experience required.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Concentration: Physical Education)

A.S. Dance

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students view a multiplicity of dance films from a variety of genres throughout history and are asked to respond to a series of questions to interpret and asses the similarities and differences between forms.

  2. After having learned the canon of western concert dance, students are asked to view a more contemporary piece of choreography to evaluate how the historic work influences the newer work. They must present examples to support their conclusions.

  3. To evaluate and write critically about dance performancesStudents are required to attend two dance concerts and write two reaction papers in response to the concerts.

  4. To develop an awareness of choreographic forms, styles and creative spirit.Students view DVDs of choreography and are asked to discuss and interpret the meaning in relationship to the choreographer's intent.

  5. Through mid-terms and final exams, students must demonstrate knowledge of different choreographic points of view and creative processes presented during the course.

  6. Students evaluate audience and dance critics' responses to choreographers' work both verbally and in written form.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Identify and apply the following concepts of dance: space, weight, time, dynamics/energy through writing, movement, performance, or choreography.

  2. Apply fundamental movement skills and knowledge of the body and of kinesiology.

  3. Demonstrate the development of an individual movement voice and application of creative process tools.

  4. Demonstrate the following rehearsal/performance skills: proactive preparedness, punctuality, self rehearsal, self reflection, awareness of your role and role of others in production, effective communication, and perform dance roles with accuracy and expressivity.

  5. Develop and support critical response through writing and/or speech.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:


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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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