SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 8:41:44 AMDANCE 3.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2006

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 3.1Title:  CHOREOGRAPHY I  
Full Title:  Choreography I
Last Reviewed:1/22/2024

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum2.00Lab 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:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PE 25.1

Catalog Description:
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This course focuses on the fundamentals of the choreographic process; i.e., dance composition. Students will choreograph dance studies applying a variety of choreographic approaches.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of DANCE 16.1 ( or PE 28.1 or PE 147.1) and Course Completion of DANCE 35 ( or DANCE 52 or DANCE 35 or PE 60)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course focuses on the fundamentals of the choreographic process i.e., dance composition. Students will choreograph dance studies applying a variety of choreographic methods.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion of DANCE 16.1 ( or PE 28.1 or PE 147.1) and Course Completion of DANCE 35 ( or DANCE 52 or DANCE 35 or PE 60)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1983Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1983Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
1.  Apply principles of dance composition to choreography of dance
   studies or short dances.
2.  Creatively solve choreographic problems using the body as an
   instrument.
3.  Choreograph solo, duo and group studies or short dances using a
   variety of choreographic approaches.
4.  Convey meaning or other intention through a dance work.
5.  Recognize choreographic elements in the work of other choreographers.
6.  Critique dance studies in aesthetic terms.
7.  Compare aesthetic elements and design principles in dance to those of
   other art forms.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Principles of dance composition
     A. Elements of dance movement
        1.  Time (duration, tempo, meter, rhythmic devices)
        2.  Space (shape, focus, level, direction, facing)
        3.  Energy (dynamic contrast, qualities of movement)
        4.  Optional: Effort/Shape (basic principles from Laban
            Analysis)
     B.  The dance phrase
     C.  How to create a high point in a dance phrase, study, or dance
     D.  Beginning, middle and end of a phrase, study, or dance
     E.  Choreographic devices such as retrograde, repetition,
         amplification, and ornamentation
     F.  Properties of the stage space
     G.  Observation and analysis of the works of contemporary
         choreographers
II.   Parallels between aesthetic elements and design principles in
     dance and in other art forms.
III.  Application of improvisation to choreographic process
IV.   Choreographic approaches and methods
     NOTE:  The following are examples only. Approaches may vary from
     semester to semester.
     A. Exploration of a prop or found object
     B. Choreography to spoken text
     C. Imagery as inspiration
     D. Physical contact
     E. Gestures or pedestrian movement as basis for dance movement
V.    Choosing accompaniment
     A. Silence
     B. Spoken word
     C. Music
        1.  As inspiration
        2.  To support thematic intention
        3.  Paralleling and contrasting music with choreography
        4.  Instrumental vs. with lyrics
        5.  Live vs. recorded
VI.   Communication of meaning
     A.  Choreographic intention vs. viewer interpretation
     B.  Theme
     C.  Conveying ideas and emotions
     D.  Abstract vs. literal representation
VII.  Creativity and finding sources of inspiration for movement
VIII. Composition forms
     A. Musical forms such as ABA, rondo, theme and variation
     B. Narrative
     C. Chance
IX.   Critiquing choreography using the ORDER approach (Larry Lavender)
     Note:  Other approaches may be incorporated
     A. Observation
     B. Reflection
        1.  Recording observed visible features
        2.  Subjective impressions
     C. Discussion
        1.  Analysis of visible features
        2.  Interpretation
     D. Evaluation
     E. Recommendations for revision

Assignments:
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1. Individual and group movement exploration (improvisation)
2. Reading of class hand-outs or text approximately 1 chapter per week.
3. Participation in class discussions including verbal critiques of
  fellow students' work applying choreographic and aesthetic principles.
4. Choreography and performance of solos, duos, and possibly group dance
  studies.
5. Choreographic notebook that may include ideas for future pieces,
  inspiration for choreography, sketches, thoughts on choreographic
  process, and critiques of fellow students' work
6. Written critiques of choreographic works performed by professional
  dance companies. Critiques may include comparison of dance to other art
  forms.

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
10 - 30%
Choreographic notebook and critiques
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
40 - 60%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
30 - 50%
Attendance and participation in improvisations and discussions


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Lynne Anne Blom, L, Tarin Chaplin. The Intimate Act of Choreography.
Grove Press Inc. 1995.
Doris Humphrey. The Art of Making Dances. Rinehart. 1991.
Pamela Anderson Sofras. Dance Composition Basics. Human Kinetics, 2006.
Instructor prepared materials

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