Dance

College of Creative Arts
Dean: Keith Morrison

Department of Dance
CA 101
415-338-2062
Chair: Jerry Duke

Undergraduate Advisers: Duke, Rose, Whipp

Faculty

Professors—Duke, Rose, Whipp

Lecturers—Casquelourd, Das, McCarthy, Montoya, Oliveira, Pierce, Stotz

Programs

B.A. in Dance
Minor in Dance


Program Scope

The curriculum for the B.A. program is designed to provide an in-depth study of dance on both practical and theoretical levels, preparing students for graduate studies, K-12 credential programs, performance and choreographic opportunities, cultural dance research, and community teaching.

Majors must complete the 23-unit core and have their electives approved by an adviser. Students can focus on: performance/choreography, which offers a variety of dance techniques, composition, history, aesthetics, music, production, movement science, injury prevention/treatment, and principles of theatrical production management; dance education which adds proficiency in pedagogy and preparation for a credential program; or dance ethnology which is designed to provide students with an understanding of research methodology and dance in cultural context.

The subject matter program is a five-year program of studies, which meets the California Physical Education Standards through courses in the Departments of Kinesiology and Dance. Upon completion, the student may apply for Teacher Certification in the College of Education. After completion of both programs, the student will be eligible to teach physical education and dance in the public schools. Students must contact an adviser in the Department of Dance for specific requirements.

Students with a major other than Dance should investigate both the Minor in Dance and, from the Music Department, the Minor in World Music and Dance.

Facilities

Dance related facilities are presently located in three different buildings on campus. The primary studio is located in the Gymnasium. This studio is fully equipped as a dance studio and a small performance laboratory. Adjacent to this studio is a small dance rehearsal studio. The second principal teaching studio is located in the Fine Arts Building. Departmental concerts and productions take place in either a 350-seat proscenium theatre or a large 700-seat theatre located in the Creative Arts Building. Special projects with the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts provide access to television production studios and there is access to several smaller theatres on campus.

Career Outlook

Majors graduating from this program can seek employment in a variety of dance-related areas: performing, choreography, dance production, teaching in public or private schools, community recreation centers, or dance studios. Other graduates will continue their education and pursue advanced degrees in dance, creative arts, or related fields.

The San Francisco Bay Area has a very active dance community with more than three hundred performance ensembles, from contemporary to traditional. There are many performance opportunities for talented and trained graduates.

Teaching opportunities are available throughout the region and nationally in private and public education, K-12, community college, and university settings; departments of parks and recreation; YWCA's. The State of California requires a teaching credential for K-12. While a new subject matter program credential is being developed through the Department of Dance, the current program remains available through the Department of Kinesiology.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE

Students are required to complete all courses in the core. New students seeking to be placed above level I in technique classes must take the placement audition which is scheduled on advising day at the beginning and end of each semester. Contact the department at (415) 338-2062 for information. It is mandatory that students consult with their adviser regularly and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Units
BIOL 100 Human Biology [required prerequisite for DANC 304] 3
DANC 231 Fundamentals of Dance Movement Theories 2
DANC 232 Dance Composition: Choreography I 3
DANC 300 Seminar in Dance 2
DANC 304 Issues in Dance Medicine I 3
MUS 120 Basic Music—Dance 3
DANC 350 Dance Watching 3
DANC 430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World: 1300-Present 3
TH A 315 Theatre Production: Technical Laboratory and Crew or 1
  DANC 699   Special Study
Total for core 23
Emphasis
With an adviser, select 18 units from the following to create an emphasis study area. A maximum of 6 units may be used from courses outside of the Department of Dance, with adviser approval.
18
DANC 203 Introduction to Dance Ethnology and Field Study  
DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (2)
DANC 234 Social and Ballroom Dances of the U.S. (2)
DANC 236 Folklore of African Haitian Dance (2)
DANC 306 Issues in Dance Medicine II
DANC 310 Dance Fitness (2)
DANC 340 Creative Dance in Basic Subject Development
DANC 399 Repertory in Performance (2 + 2) [consecutive Fall-Spring semesters]
DANC 404 Production Techniques in Folk and Ethnic Dance (1)
DANC 415 Dance in Religion
DANC 431 Media and Technology for Dance
DANC 433 Rhythm and Music for the Dancer
DANC 434 Dance Composition: Choreography II
DANC 460 Choreography Performance (1)
DANC 461 Principles of Dance Production and Management
DANC 463 Performance in Dance Production (1)
DANC 560 Theory and Practice of Dance
DANC/
BL S 617
Black Dance Experience
DANC 657 Dance Ethnology
DANC 690 Senior Project in Performance/Choreography
DANC 699 Special Study (1-3)
Technique Electives
Select 16 units in consultation with an adviser. Classes must show a breadth of dance form study. Level I technique may be used only with adviser's approval. Technique classes should be taken each semester. All courses may be repeated up to 3 times for credit, except DANC 617.
16
DANC 161 African Haitian Dance II (1)  
DANC 164 Ballet II (1)
DANC 167 Ballroom Dance II (1)
DANC 174 Modern Dance II (1)
DANC 177 Modern Jazz Dance II (1)
DANC 234 Social and Ballroom Dances of the U.S. (2)
DANC 236 Folklore of African Haitian Dance (2)
DANC 206 Ballet III (2)
DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (2)
DANC 208 Modern Dance III (2)
DANC 209 Modern Jazz Dance III (2)
DANC 308 Modern Dance IV (2)
DANC 309 Modern Jazz Dance IV (2)
DANC 463 Performance in Dance Production
DANC/
BL S 617
Black Dance Experience
DANC 699 Special Study (1-3)
Minimum total for major 57

MINOR IN DANCE

The Dance Minor consists of a core curriculum of four courses (11 units) plus thirteen (13) units taken from a list of electives on advisement. A total of twelve (12) units in the minor must be upper division. Students seeking the minor must do the placement audition through the Department of Dance. This audition is scheduled several times each academic year. For specific dates and times, contact Department of Dance, CA 101, (415) 338-2062.

Core Units
DANC 231 Fundamentals of Dance Movement Theories 2
DANC 233 Orientation to Dance History and Philosophy or 3
  DANC 232   Dance Composition: Choreography I
DANC 430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World: 1300 to Present 3
MUS 120 Basic Music—Dance 3
Total for core 11
Electives
Courses selected from the following on advisement 13
  DANC 161 African Haitian Dance II (1)
  DANC 164 Ballet II (1)
  DANC 167 Ballroom II (1)
  DANC 174 Modern Dance II (1)
  DANC 177 Modern Jazz Dance II (1)
  DANC 203 Introduction to Dance Ethnology and Field Study (2)
  DANC 206 Ballet III (2)
  DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (2)
  DANC 208 Modern Dance III (2)
  DANC 209 Modern Jazz Dance III (2)
  DANC 235 Folklore of European and American Dance (2)
  DANC 236 Folklore of African Haitian Dance (2)
  DANC 302 Humphrey/Weidman Technique and Repertory (2)
  DANC 304 Issues in Dance Medicine I
  DANC 306 Issues in Dance Medicine II
  DANC 308 Modern Dance IV (2)
  DANC 309 Modern Jazz Dance IV (2)
  DANC 310 Dance Fitness (2)
  DANC 340 Creative Dance in Basic Subject Development
  DANC 350 Dance Watching
  DANC 399 Repertory in Performance (2)
  DANC 400 Technique Workshop in Contemporary Dance (1)
  DANC 402 Technique Workshop in Modern Jazz Dance (1)
  DANC 415 Dance in Religion
  DANC 416 Advanced Contemporary Dance Repertory and Skills (1)
  DANC 431 Movement Notation Technology
  DANC 434 Dance Composition: Choreography II
  DANC 461 Principles of Dance Production
  DANC 463 Performance in Dance (1)
  DANC 560 Theory and Practice Dance (2)
  DANC/
  BL S 617
Black Dance Experience
  DANC 657 Dance Ethnology
  DANC 699 Special Study (1-3)
Total for electives 13
Total for minor 24


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