SRJC Course Outlines

6/14/2024 11:04:30 AMDANCE 16.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2007

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 16.2Title:  MODERN DANCE II  
Full Title:  Modern Dance II
Last Reviewed:2/25/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
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Catalog Description:
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This course for beginning dancers with some prior modern dance training, emphasizes Level II modern dance skills in the areas of technique and movement vocabulary; and in the use of the space, time, and energy. This course also includes Level II modern dance improvisation, choreography, and performance skills.


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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This course for beginning dancers with some prior modern dance training, emphasizes Level II modern dance skills in the areas of technique and movement vocabulary; and in the use of space, time, and energy. This course will also include Level II modern dance improvisation, choreography, and performance skills.
(Grade or P/NP)

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


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Utilize modern dance terminology to describe Level II modern dance
  exercises, technical principles, and movement vocabulary.
2. Perform Level II modern dance warm-ups, techniques, stretching and
  strengthening exercises, and movement combinations.
3. Explain technical principles incorporated in Level II modern dance
  and apply these principles to the execution of Level II modern
  dance movement.
4. Analyze elements of space and energy inherent in Level II
  modern dance movement.
5. Create original dance movement through Level II modern dance
  improvisations and choreographic studies.
6. Display performance skills in presentation of Level II modern dance
7. Identify basic rhythmic concepts and relate them to the
  execution of Level II modern dance movement.
8. Count Level II modern dance movement sequences.
9. Critique a modern dance performance or dance piece.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Level II modern dance terminology and corresponding movement
II.  Level II modern dance technique
    A. Technical principles such as alignment, balance, flexion,
       extension, turn-out and inward rotation of the legs, off-center
       movement, initiation of movement with breath and core
    B. Floor work: Warming up, stretching,limb and core strengthening
    C. Locomotor movements such as triplets, prances, walks, runs, leaps
    D. Linking movements:  Across the floor and center combinations
III. Picking up and retaining choreography
IV.  Elements of dance in Level II modern dance movement
    A.  Space: Use of level, facing, direction, dimension, planes, etc.
    B.  Time: Use of tempo and rhythm
    C.  Energy: Use of weight, movement qualities, etc.
V.   Performance skills such as:
    A.  Projection
    B.  Dynamics
    C.  Musicality (reflecting musical mood, accents, dynamics, etc. in
        the performance of dance movement)
    D.  Managing performance anxiety
    E.  Use of breath
VI.  Creative problem solving based on elements of modern dance (space,
    time, and energy)
    A.  Improvisation
    B.  Choreographing a Level II modern dance study
VII. How to execute modern dance movement. Each instructor approaches the
    "how to" of executing dance movement differently. Pedagogy may
     A.  Verbal descriptions
         1. Dance terminology
         2. Use of imagery
         3. Anatomical and kinesiological references
     B. Demonstration of movement
     C. Tactile information (hands-on)
     D. Kinesthetic awareness enhancing tools or methods
     E. Corrections
VIII. Critiquing modern dance choreography - what to look for in a modern
     dance work
Topics for repeating students:  Although some concepts, techniques, and
movement vocabulary will be reviewed, the specific choreography of the
movement sequences included in every phase of the class and the music to
which it is choreographed will vary from semester to semester. Therefore,
information conveyed to meet the demands of that choreography and the
learning experience for the student will vary each semester that the
student takes the course.

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Homework (averaging 1 hour per week per unit):
1. Weekly practice of instructor choreography and dance skills covered
  in class sessions
2. Choreographing original dance movement either alone or with
  a partner or group
3. Performing exercises to strengthen and/or stretch muscle
  groups required to execute dance movements
4. Written critique of a dance piece or performance approved by
  instructor. Note: Critique is based on a performance occurring during
  the current semester or for video viewing option, instructor will
  provide or approve a video.
5. Reading of class hand-outs (3 to 4 pages per semester)
In class assignments include:
1. Modern dance technique class activities assessed in terms of overall
  improvement (class performances)
2. 1 to 3 performance exams
3. Improvisations (participation grade)
4. Note-taking when appropriate
5. Practice sessions
6. Written final exam
Optional assignments
1. Modern dance video viewing and analysis
2. Partner activities focusing on dance technique
3. Student choreography work sessions

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
5 - 11%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Class performances, Performance exams, Choreographic Assignment
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 11%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
40 - 60%
Attendance, Participation, Improvisations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
Modern Dance Body & Mind, Sandra Cerny Minton, 1991
The Dancer Prepares: Modern Dance for Beginners, James W.Penrod and Janice
Gudde Plastino, 2004

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