SRJC Course Outlines

2/26/2024 11:45:10 PMDANCE 35 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 35Title:  IMPROVISATION  
Full Title:  Improvisation
Last Reviewed:1/24/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled2.0017 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 35.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PE 60

Catalog Description:
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Dance Improvisation is a dance class for dancers at all levels of technique that focuses on exploration of the aesthetic dance elements of space, time and energy through guided individual movement experiences and structured duet and group improvisations.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of DANCE 16.1 ( or PE 28.1 or PE 147.1)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Advisory: PE 28.1 Exploration of the aesthetic dance elements of space, time and energy through guided individual movement experiences and structured duet and group improvisations.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion of DANCE 16.1 ( or PE 28.1 or PE 147.1)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2000Inactive:Spring 2011
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2000Inactive:Spring 2011
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1.  Invent dance movement through guided individual movement explorations.
2.  Discover dance movement solutions to group improvisation problems.
3.  Develop awareness of other dancers in group dance improvisations and
   work with others in a group toward common structural goals.
4.  Create spontaneous dance movement based on the elements of dance:
   space, time and energy.
5.  Experiment with a variety of approaches, such as the use of imagery,
   narrative, words, props, and sounds, to inspire new dance movement.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Active dance warm-up
    A.  Continuous individual dance movement exploration based on
        instructor cues.
    B.  Early warm-up focuses on easy movements and use of all body
        parts.
    C.  As warm-up progresses suggestions for more strenuous movements
        are introduced.
II.  Duets
    A.  Mirroring exercises in which two dancers face one another
        alternating leader and mirroring the leader's movement as
        accurately as possible.
    B.  Exercises in which one dancer is passive and the other active
        such as one dancer being a ball of clay that the other dancer
        shapes.
    C.  Weight dependency exercises in which the two dancers experiment
        with giving and taking of body weight.
III. Group Improvisations
    A.  Unison group "follow the leader" exercises based on dance
        vocabulary.
    B.  Space-based explorations i.e. Improvisations based on the
        Following aesthetic elements of dance:
        1.  Floor patterns
        2.  Shape
            a.  Symmetrical
            b.  Asymmetrical
            c.  Angular
            d.  Curved
        3.  Focus
        4.  Levels
        5.  Volumes
    C.  Time-based explorations i.e. Improvisations based on the
        Following aesthetic elements of dance:
        1.  Underlying Pulse
        2.  Accent
        3.  Meter
        4.  Mixed meter
        5.  Rhythmic patterns
        6.  Rhythmical accompaniment with dancer produced sounds.
        7.  Breath phrasing
        8.  Duration and speed
    D.  Energy-based explorations i.e. Improvisations based on the
        Following aesthetic dance elements.
        1.  Qualities of movement such as sustained, sudden, bound, free,
            strong, and light
        2.  Dynamic contrasts
    E.  Miscellaneous improvisational problems for discovering new
        Dance movement:
        1.  Improvisation to music
        2.  Improvisation to non-literal words or other vocal sounds
        3.  Prop explorations
        4.  Improvisations based on musical forms
            a.  Canon
            b.  ABA form
            c.  Theme and Variation
        5.  Narrative-based improvisations
        6.  Abstracted mimetic Improvisations drawn from sources such as:
            a.  Gestures
            b.  Animals
            c.  Machines
        7.  Improvisations based on physical contact
        8.  Improvisations based on expression of feelings
        9.  Imagined environments to evoke dance movement qualities
       10.  Other dance movement explorations devised by instructor

Assignments:
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Observation paper: Written analysis of movement observed in specified
improvisations performed by fellow dancers, focussing on aesthetic
elements of dance covered in class.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 50%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
Observation paper
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
40 - 60%
Attendance


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