DAN-251 Course Syllabus

Choreography I

Hours & Credits: 3 class hours, 2 credits


Course Description:

In Choreography I, students will explore the process of creating dance based on the elements of dance - time, space and energy/movement quality. Improvisation will be used as a method of creating movement material. Choreographic devices and compositional structures will be explored. Students will be encouraged to develop their own creative voices, and to critically evaluate their own and their classmates' works.


Curricula For Which This Course Is Required:

Choreography I is part of the Curricula for Dance Majors and will fulfill part of the requirements for the A.S. degree in Visual and Performing Arts, dance concentration.


Educational Objectives:

Educational Objectives
Educational Objective Brief description of course activities which help students to meet each of the educational objectives
A. Communicate effectively through viewing dance, writing, listening, and speaking Students will create dances; watch each other's dances, respond verbally and/or in writing to the work of classmates and to writing on the subject of choreography.
B. Work collaboratively in diverse groups directed at accomplishing learning objectives Students will work together in creating dances, performing each other's dances and speaking about dance.
C. Apply aesthetic and intellectual criteria in the evaluation or creation of works in the humanities or the arts Students will apply choreographic concepts to their creation of dances and to their discussion of choreography.

Course Objectives: Desired Student Learning

Students will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the elements of dance and how they can be used in choreography.
  2. Learn basic choreographic tools and vocabulary
  3. Increase ability to use dance as a form of expression
  4. Learn to view dance and express their responses.
  5. Learn to collaborate on a choreographic process as a choreographer and a performer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
1. Gain an understanding of the elements of dance and how they can be used in choreography Students will create dances that explore the elements of time, space and energy/movement quality.
2. Learn basic choreographic tools and vocabulary. Students will apply choreographic tools to their own dances and discuss their use in the works of others.
3. Increase ability to use dance as a form of expression Through in-class choreography and performance, students will communicate through dance.
4. Learn to view dance and express their responses. Students will view each other's dances and professionally created dances on video and express their ideas about these dances.
5. Learn to collaborate on a choreographic process as a choreographer and a performer. Students will direct other students in choreography and/or create dance works with other students and/or perform in other students' dances.

Summary of Main Topics Covered in the Course:

  • Elements of Dance: Space, Time, Energy /Movement Quality
  • Choreographic Tools and Vocabulary
  • Guidelines for Constructive Feedback
  • Collaboration
  • Originality and Risk Taking

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is extremely important to your individual growth and understanding of the class material. Students with 4 or more absences will fail the course - no exception! Arriving late and/or leaving early or coming to class unprepared will result in a lower final grade. Note: Remember that lateness is a sign of disrespect of you and me. Be on time. Be prepared with your dance attire. Otherwise, two late arrivals and/or two non-participation of any kind (i.e. no dance attire) will count as one absence - no exception!

Note: All absences will be considered in the final grade however, for extreme emergencies (i.e. extended hospital stay) an “Incomplete” grade will be considered and discussed with the student. Save your absences for when you really need them. The development of the body instrument and the material in class accumulates. Learn to enjoy the discipline and weekly demands of attendance. Furthermore, the material learned in class cannot be replicated outside of class. It is not possible to make up any missed classes.

Required Dance Attire:

Students must wear appropriate dance attire. Leotards and tights or a tight fitting top and dance pants are acceptable. Jeans or any type of pants that button and zip are not acceptable. Baggy clothes are not acceptable. The professor must be able to see the alignment of the dancer. No loose hair! If you have long hair, it must be pulled back! No Jewelry


Methods By Which Student Learning Will Be Evaluated:

Attendance

  • Growth, Progress, and Development
  • Midterm Project and/or Short Assignments
  • Final Choreography Project

Grading Standards

A grade of A is given for superlative work that demonstrates a profound commitment to the course material, and further, that goes on to employ this material as a springboard for independent thought and work.

A grade of B is given for very good work that completely fulfills all the requirements of the course in a conscientious and dedicated manner, and that demonstrates mastery of the course content.

A grade of C is given for work that fulfills all the requirements of the course in a satisfactory manner, but that falls short of demonstrating rigor and mastery.

A grade of D is given for work that is unsatisfactory.

A grade of F is given for work that fails to fulfill the requirements of the course as listed above


Grading

  • Attendance 25%
  • Growth, Progress, and Development 25%
  • Midterm Project and/or Short Assignments 25%
  • Final Choreography Project 25%

Academic Integrity:

Forms of Academic Integrity Violations

Violations of academic integrity can occur in a number of ways. Acts of academic dishonesty include (the complete listing with definitions and examples is included in the main body of the QCC Academic Integrity code): Plagiarism – the inclusion of someone else's words, ideas or data as one's own work without acknowledging the source. Fabrication – the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Cheating – an act or an attempted act of deception by which students seek to misrepresent that they have mastered information on an academic exercise that they have not mastered. Academic Misconduct – any act to gain an undue academic benefit for oneself or to cause academic harm to another. Any other serious violations of academic integrity as established by the professor.

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