SRJC Course Outlines

6/8/2023 10:28:05 AMDANCE 2 Course Outline as of Fall 2018

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 2Title:  SURVEY OF DANCE HISTORY  
Full Title:  Survey of Dance History
Last Reviewed:9/25/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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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A historical survey of dance in Western civilization from ancient times through the 21st century. This course includes the significance of dance as ritual, social tradition and as an art form and examines the development of ballet, modern dance and other contemporary dance forms.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A historical survey of dance in Western civilization from ancient times through the 21st century. This course includes the significance of dance as ritual, social tradition and as an art form and examines the development of ballet, modern dance and other contemporary dance forms.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Compare and contrast forms, choreography, and events in Western dance that influenced its evolution  from ancient times through the 21st century.
2.  Identify and relate the forms of dance to historical context, music, ritual, social tradition and art.

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1. Describe the anthropological origins of dance and the various functions of dance in primitive
2. Discuss the chronology of dance history from ancient times through the 21st century.
3. Recognize and analyze the dance forms of the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Modern
     periods in terms of elements of style and cultural influences.
4. Distinguish the stylistic characteristics of western contemporary theatrical dance forms and
     the works of prominent choreographers of the 21st 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 period.
7. Recognize musical forms from the 16th through 21st 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 appropriate 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
         1. Depictions in cave art
          2. Legends and stories of traditional cultures
    B. Function of dance in ritual
         1. Rites of passage
         2. Kinship hunting dances
         3. War dances
    C. Dance as social interaction
II. Dance in the Ancient Cultures of Greece and Rome
    A. Greece: Evolution of dance from ritual to drama
    B. Rome: Introduction of pantomime
III. Dance of Western Europe
    A. Religious and social dances of Medieval Europe
         1. Influence of the Christian church on dance
         2. Choreomania
         3. Courtly love and the rise of aristocratic dance forms
    B. Renaissance court dance as a reflection of culture
         1. Renaissance Court theatrical productions
         2. Social dance      
    C. Baroque court dance
          1. How dance represented Louis XIV's court
         2. Continuing evolution of court productions     
IV. Ballet
    A. Study of the development of ballet from 1661 to French Revolution
    B. Romantic Ballet
         1. Characteristics
         2. Technique
     C. Russian Ballet
         1. The Classical era
          2. Influence of the Classical era on ballet world-wide
    D. The Diaghilev Era
         1. Contributions of Nijinsky
         2. Contributions of Fokine      
    E. Ballet in 21st century America
V. Modern Dance
    A. Pre-modern influences
         1. Isadora Duncan
         2. Denishawn
    B. Modern dance in America
         1. Martha Graham
         2. Paul Taylor
         3. Merce Cunningham
         4. Catherine Dunham
          5. Alwin Nikolais
         6. Alvin Ailey
    C. Post-modern dance and the Avant Garde movement
VI. Jazz
    A. History of jazz in early 20th century theater
    B. Influence of African American music on social dance
    C. Origins of current forms
         1. Hip hop
         2. Break dance
         3. Related styles      
VII. Fashion and Costume
    A. For each historical period
    B. Effect on dance movement of historical periods
VIII. Elements of Style in Music, Art, Architecture, and Literature
    A. Renaissance period
    B. Baroque period
    C. Romantic period
VIII. Dance Research Methodology
    A. Introduction
    B. Discipline-specific research tools
         1. Seminal books
         2. Periodicals
         3. Major indexing sources
         4. Professional and trade organizations
         5. Standard reference tools
         6. Discipline specific tools
         7. Major websites

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1. Assigned readings (20-30 pages per week)
2. Journal of responses to assigned readings (2-5 pages per week)
3. Viewing and critiques of 4-6 live or taped performances (3 pages each)
4. Written reports on historical background of each dance era (5 to 7 assignments, 3-5 pages each)
5. Research paper (5-8  pages)
6. Quizzes/tests on assigned readings (2-6 per semester)
7. Essay exam (3-5 pages)
8. Midterm exam (1-2 per semester)
9. Final exam (multiple choice, true/false, essay)

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%
Journal, critiques, reports and research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
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%
Essay, quizzes, midterm, final exam (short answer, multiple choice and/or true/false)
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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No Fixed Points, Reynolds & McCormick,  2003 (classic)
Ballet and Modern Dance, A Concise History, Jack Anderson, 1992 (classic)
Ballet and Western Culture, Carol Lee, 1999 (classic)
American Dance; The Complete Illustrated History, Margaret Fuher, 2014
Dancing Through History, Joan Cass, 1993 (1st edition)

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