DAN-124: Beginning Modern Dance for Majors

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: DAN-124 Beginning Modern Dance for Majors

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): For Dance majors only or permission of instructor

Course Description in college catalog:

Beginning Modern Dance for Majors is an introduction to Modern Dance. It places emphasis on preparing dance majors with little experience or no background in dance to be able to develop technique.

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 will be able to find their correct anatomical alignment for increased balance and coordination.
  2. Students will be able to find anatomical connections within the body, such as head/tail connection.
  3. Students will practice GYROKINESIS/Bartenieff Fundamentals exercises and modern dance exercises that help them develop this anatomical awareness.
  4. Students will perform modern dance vocabulary in response to verbal and physical instruction.
  5. Students will discuss modern dance exercises using appropriate terminology.
  6. Students will practice modern dance exercises in the appropriate sequence for safety and will be able to verbally explain the sequence of exercises.
  7. Students will practice GYROKINESIS and dance exercises outside of the classroom.
  8. Students will perform movement sequences demonstrating the qualities of weight and suspension.
  9. Students will verbally identify weight and suspension in movement sequences and explain how to create these qualities.
  10. Students will demonstrate efficient and specific level and direction changes in given movement sequences.
  11. Students will verbally explain how to change level and change direction efficiently.
  12. Students will be able to identify ¾ rhythm and 4/4 rhythm.
  13. Students will be able to integrate their movement with the music.
  14. Students will use focus, dynamics and musicality in their dancing of given movement sequences in order to express themselves.
  15. Students will discuss expressiveness and observe the dancing of their peers.

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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