SRJC Course Outlines

4/24/2024 2:51:37 AMDANCE 2 Course Outline as of Spring 2005

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 2Title:  DANCE HISTORY  
Full Title:  Survey of Dance History
Last Reviewed:4/8/2024

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled05 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PE 40

Catalog Description:
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This course focuses on dance in western civilization through a brief study of dance in traditional cultures followed by a survey of dance history from ancient times through the 21st century.  Through this course, the student will become aware of the significance of dance as ritual, social tradition, and as an art form.  This course includes comparison of dance to other forms of expression in traditional societies, ancient cultures, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, as well as in 15th - 21st century western cultures.  Survey of Dance History examines the development of ballet, modern dance, and other contemporary western theatrical dance forms.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to the world of dance through a survey of dance history from prehistoric times through the 20th century.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1995
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3AArtsFall 1995
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

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 the course, the student will be able to:
1.  Describe the anthropological origins of dance and the various
functions of dance in primitive societies.
2.  Discuss the chronology of dance history from ancient times through the
20th century.
3.  Recognize and analyze the dance forms of the Renaissance, Baroque,
Romantic and Modern periods in terms of elements of style and cultural
4.  Distinguish the stylistic characteristics of western contemporary
theatrical dance forms and the works of prominent choreographers of the
20th century.
5.  Compare and contrast the techniques of historical, classical, and
contemporary dance forms.
6.  Relate the development of dance and artistic movements in dance to
those of the visual arts, music, and literature in each major historical
7.  Recognize musical forms from the 16th through 20th centuries in
relation to dance forms.
8.  Demonstrate knowledge of fashion and costume of various historical
periods as they pertain to the dance movement of each period.
9.  Identify, locate, and interpret written sources for study of dance
history and apply research knowledge to other dance topics using
appropirate citation style, if different than MLA.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Anthropological basis of dance
     A.  Dance as the earliest human expression
     B.  Function of dance in ritual such as rites of passage, kinship,
         hunting dances, war dances
     C.  Dance as social interaction
II.   Dance in ancient cultures
     A.  Relationship of myth, ritual, social organization, and folk
         customs to dance
     B.  Evolution of specific forms of dance in ancient drama
III.  Dance of Western Europe
     A.  Religious and social dances of Medieval Europe
     B.  Renaissance and Baroque court dance as reflections of culture
     C.  Elements of style in music, art, architecture, and literature in
         Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic periods of Western Europe
     D.  Dance as a professional theater art: its origin in court dance
         and its evolution to the stage
IV.   The Ballet
     A.  Study of the development of ballet from 1661 through the
         Romantic era (19th century)
     B.  The rise of the Russian Ballet and its influence on ballet
     C.  The Diaghilev Era
     D.  Ballet in the 20th century (including influence of modern dance)
     E.  Prominent ballet choreographers and dancers
V.    Modern Dance
     A.  Pre-modern influences: Isadora Duncan and Denishawn
     B.  Early modern dance in America and its influence on the dance of
         Europe and Russia
     C.  Pioneers of modern dance (e.g. Martha Graham, Doris
         Humphrey, Charles Weidman)
     D.  Post-modern dance and the Avant Garde movement
     E.  Relationship of modern dance to artistic movements of the 20th
VI.  Brief overview of the history of other contemporary dance forms
     A.  Ballroom
     B.  Jazz
     C.  Tap
VII.  Musical forms from the 16th through 21st century and their
     relationships to dance forms
VIII. Fashion and costume in each historical period and the effect on
     dance movement of that period
IX.   Dance research methodology:
Introduction to discipline-specific research tools, including seminal
books, important periodicals, major indexing sources, professional or
trade organizations, standard reference tools, discipline specific tools,
and major web sites.

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1. Journal of notes and comments on assigned readings
2. Viewing and critiques of several live or taped performances
3. Written reports on historical background during study of each dance era
4. Final research paper 5 to 10 pages in length
5. Midterm, final and possibly several quizzes

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
20 - 40%
Written homework, Term papers, Critique Taped Performances
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
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, Completion, Short Answer Essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and Participation, In Class Discussion.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Ballet and Modern Dance, A Concise History, Jack Anderson, 1992
Dance as a Theater Art, Selma Jean Cohen, 1974
The Dance Maker, Elinor Rogosin, 1980
Orchesogrophy, Thoinot Arbeau, 1986
Dance, From Magic to Art, Lois Ellfeldt, 1976
Dancing through History, Joan Cass, 1993
Ballet and Western Culture, Carol Lee, 1999

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