SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2022 3:41:10 PMDANCE 3.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2018

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  DANCE 3.1Title:  CHOREOGRAPHY I  
Full Title:  Choreography I
Last Reviewed:9/25/2017

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 and devices, emphasizing basic principles of space, time and energy. Students will choreograph dance studies applying a variety of choreographic approaches and techniques.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of DANCE 16.1 and DANCE 10.1

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course focuses on the fundamentals of the choreographic process and devices, emphasizing basic principles of space, time and energy. Students will choreograph dance studies applying a variety of choreographic approaches and techniques.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion of DANCE 16.1 and DANCE 10.1
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

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Choreograph a dance or dance study that applies basic principles of choreography including
    the use of several choreographic devices.
2.  Analyze choreographic elements incorporated in contemporary dance works including aspects
    of space, time and energy; form; climax; and choreographic devices.

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Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Convey a concept, idea, or theme through choreography.
2. Explore the elements of dance (space, time, and energy) through dance improvisation and
    choreography.
3. Choreograph a phrase or dance study that includes a clear high point or climax.  
4. Integrate choreography with musical accompaniment to support choreographic intention or
    theme.  
5. Explore choreography in solo, duet, and/or small group formats.
6. Recognize choreographic elements in the work of other choreographers.
7. Critique dance studies in aesthetic terms.

Topics and Scope
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I. Basic Principles of Choreography
    A. Elements of dance
         1. Space (shape, focus, level, direction, facing)
         2. Time (duration, tempo, meter, rhythmic devices)
          3. Energy (dynamic contrast, qualities of movement)
         4. Optional: Effort-Shape (basic principles of Laban Analysis) in lieu of 1-3
    B. Parallels between aesthetic elements and design principles in dance and other art forms
    C. The dance phrase
    D. Development of movement motifs through choreographic devices such as:
         1. Retrograde
         2. Repetition
         3. Ornamentation
         4. Facing
         5. Inversion
         6. Insertion
         7. Diminution/Augmentation
    E. Forming movement into a study or dance
          1. Properties of the stage space   
          2. Compositional forms such as:
               a. Forms based on musical forms such as ABA, rondo, theme and variation
               b. Narrative
               c. Chance
               d. Accumulation
          3. How to create a highpoint or climax of a study or dance
         4. Thematic development
II. The Creative Process
    A.  The role of improvisation in the choreographic process
    B.  Methods for generating movement
    C.  Sources of inspiration
III. Choreography as Communication
     A. Theme
    B. Conveying ideas and emotions
    C. Abstract vs. literal representation
    D. Dance for dance sake
IV. Accompaniment
    A. Silence
    B. Spoken word
    C. Music
         1. Role in supporting choreographic or thematic intention
         2. Paralleling and contrasting music with choreography
         3. Instrumental vs. lyrical
V. Critiquing Choreography
     A. Observation
    B. Reflection
    C. Discussion
    D. Evaluation/Interpretation
    E. Recommendations for revision
VI. Optional Topics (examples only - topics will be tailored to optional studies that may be
    assigned)
    A. Use of a prop or set in choreography
    B. Incorporating physical contact (partnering; giving and taking of body weight) in
         choreography
    C. Gestures or pedestrian movement in choreography
    D. Group Choreography
    E. Exploration of alternate spaces
 
All topics are covered in both the lecture and lab parts of the course.

Assignments:
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Lecture Related Assignments:
1. Reading of class handouts or text(s) approximately one chapter per week
2. Research for and choreography of individual studies including final project
3. Reworking of studies based on feedback
4. Choreographic notebook developed over the course of the semester which may include: ideas
    for future pieces, inspiration for choreography, sketches, images from magazines, reflections
    on choreographic process, critiques of fellow students' work, observations of pieces viewed
    on DVD, etc.
5. Optional paper:  Analysis of choreographic elements, form, climax, and devices incorporated
    in a contemporary dance piece
 
Lab Related Assignments:
1. Individual and group movement exploration (improvisation)
2. Choreography and performance of individual, duo or collaborative group studies with
    emphasis on space, time, and energy and other basic principles of choreography (5 - 7)
3. Participation in class discussions including critiques of studies
4.  Viewing examples of dance works that illustrate choreographic principles covered in
    class
5. Final choreographic project
6. Time allowing, 1 or 2 additional studies may be assigned of the instructor's choosing, such as
    studies based on:  
     A. Props or found objects
    B. Gesture or pedestrian movement
    C. Dance to spoken word
    D. Physical contact or partnering techniques
    E. Trio or small group
    F. Alternate space (site specific study)

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 - 20%
Choreographic notebook, optional paper
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 of studies and final choreographic project.
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 - 40%
Attendance and participation in improvisations and discussions


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Dance Composition Basics. Sofras, Pamela. Human Kinetics. 2006 (classic)
Dancers Talking Dance: Critical Evaluation in the Choreography Class. Lavender, Larry. Human Kinetics. 1996 (classic)
The Art of Making Dances. Humphrey, Doris. Princeton Book Company. 1991 (classic)
The Intimate Act of Choreography. Blom, Lynne and Chaplin, L. Tarin. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1982 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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