Dance

College of Creative Arts
Dean: Keith Morrison

School of Music and Dance
CA 140
415-338-1431
Web Site: www.sfsu.edu/~smd
Interim Director: Ron Compesi

Undergraduate Advisers:
Performance/Choreography—Duke, Rose
Musical Theatre—Damashek, Deeter, Whipp

Faculty

Professors—Duke, Rose, Whipp

Lecturers—Das, Diamond, McCarthy, Oliveira, Pierce

Programs

B.A. in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in World Music and Dance
Pre-credential Subject Matter Program (coordinated with Department of Kinesiology)


Program Scope

The B.A. in Dance is designed to provide basic training in dance and an opportunity to emphasize either in dance performance and choreography or in musical theatre. The program studies dance as an art form from experiential and theoretical levels, preparing students for performance, choreographic, and music theatre opportunities. Students may also develop skills for the teaching profession and for graduate studies. Students with another major other than dance should investigate both the Minor in Dance and the Minor in World Music and Dance.

The B.A. is organized into three components: the Core, Dance Technique, and Emphasis Electives. Majors must complete a seventeen-unit core covering basic studies, the body as instrument, and aesthetics and history. Choices are available in the core to gear the student toward their chosen emphasis area.

Technique electives offer the student a vari9ety of styles, and courses can be repeated for credit to optimize conditioning and development of expression. A minimum of twelve units of technique classes must be chosen, with nine units selected from numbers above 200. Students must audition for placement into technique level and progress to the next level with the consent of the instructor. Students in choreography and performance commonly study two technique areas each semester or study dance conditioning or pilates in conjunction with technique. Musical theatre students study a diverse blend of courses to augment their other theatre arts and music areas.

Individualized emphasis electives should be chosen according to career goals in consultation with an adviser. These courses have been chosen and optimally organized for students who wish to pursue dance performance and choreography or musical theatre; however, students may choose courses from either emphasis area and additionally from the "Other Electives in Historical and Educational Contexts" section with advisor's approval. Technique courses may be repeated in this section for credit for a maximum of six units. Other DANC, THA, and MUS prefix courses may be used and three units may be elected from other areas of the university with consent of the major adviser. While no culminating experience is required for either emphasis, students will find significant choreographic and performance experiences through DANC 399, University Dance Theatre, or DANC 461, Advanced Choreography and Production. Musical theatre students will likewise find exciting performance opportunities with THA 333, Lyric Theatre Workshop, and THA 433, Music Theatre Workshop.

Dance Program Concerts

The dance program produces four concerts annually: World Cultures, the New Moves Children's Concert, the New Moves Student Choreography Showcase, and the University Dance Theater Spring Concert. World Cultures promotes the cultural talents of the campus community. The children's concert is developed by students working with children from the Bay Area community. New moves is an amalgam of advanced student choreographic works, and the university dance theatre presents faculty and guest artist works developed from DANC 399, a year-long repertory course, with entrance by audition on the first two days of the fall semester.

Facilities

Dance-related facilities are presently located in three different buildings on campus. The two primary dance teaching spaces are GYM 146 and Fine Arts 203. Adjacent to the large Gym studio is a rehearsal room in GYM 123. Locker rooms are available adjacent to the Fine Arts studio or, for a fee, in the gymnasium. Dance concerts are primarily held in McKenna Theatre, a 700 seat house in the Creative Arts Building. Low or no-tech performances are located in Knuth Hall and in the Fine Arts Building.

Career Outlook

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

The San Francisco Bay Area has a very active and vibrant dance, music, and theatre community with many performance ensembles, training centers, concerts, and arts service organizations. There are many ways for graduates to become involved in this larger dance community.

Teaching opportunities are available throughout the region in private and public education settings, private studios, and recreation centers. The State of California requires a teaching credential for employment in the public schools and views dance as a subject area in the field of physical education. To earn a credential, the student must follow the subject matter program in physical education with a concentration in dance, a program developed from the B.A. in Dance and from courses in kinesiology. Consult a dance adviser and the SFSU Bulletin Index for credential information.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance has been revised. The following is the new dance program effective beginning in the Fall 2005 semester. For continuing students, the previous dance program is listed after the new program.  Continuing students who are interested in pursuing the new program should consult with an adviser

The B.A. in Dance is designed to provide basic training in dance and an opportunity to emphasize either dance performance and choreography or musical theatre. This program is organized around a seventeen-unit core, a minimum of twelve technique units, and sixteen units of emphasis electives. Emphasis area courses in dance, music, and theatre arts should be chosen according to career goals in consultation with an adviser. New majors and minors must take the placement audition on the advising day at the beginning of each semester and/or at the designated university advising day during each semester. It is mandatory that students consult with their adviser on a semester basis and maintain a grade point average of 2.0.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
Basic Studies
MUS 120 Basic Music I (dance section) 3
DANC 232 Dance Composition: Choreography I 3
DANC 300 Dance Organizational Strategies and Field Topics 2
DANC 311 Alignment Study/Pilates Mat 1
TH A 313 Lighting and Sound Laboratory and Crew 2
Body as Instrument*
Units selected from the following. 3
DANC 304 Issues in Dance Medicine I  
MUS 612 The Voice
Aesthetics and History*
Units selected from the following: 3
DANC 350 Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives  
DANC 430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World
TH A 300 Theatre Imagination
TH A 403 Theatre Backgrounds: 1900-Present
Total for core 17
Dance Technique
Units selected from the following. At least 9 units must be 200 or above with no more than 4 units from one course.
12
DANC 160 African Haitian Dance I (1)

 

DANC 163 Ballet I (1)
DANC 170 Integrated Dance Technique I (2)
DANC 236 Folklore of Dance: African-Haitian (2)
DANC 263 Ballet II (2)
DANC 275 Modern Dance II (2)
DANC 276 Modern Jazz Dance II (2)
DANC 311 Alignment Study/Pilates Mat (1)
DANC 316 Dunham Dance Technique (2)
DANC 363 Ballet III (2)
DANC 374 Modern Dance III (2)
DANC 376 Modern Jazz Dance III (2)
DANC 400 Technique Workshop in Contemporary Dance (1)
DANC 402 Workshop in Jazz/Music Theatre Dance (1)
DANC 474 Modern Dance IV (2)
DANC 699 Special Study (1-3)
TH A 125 Movement I: Skills
TH A 425 Movement II: Styles
Emphasis Electives
These courses are optimally organized for Performance/Choreography and Musical Theatre. Courses may move between areas, and they should be selected according to career goals and with adviser's approval. 6 units of technique courses, numbered 300 or above, may be repeated in this section for credit. Other DANC, THA, and MUS prefix courses may be used with adviser's approval. 3 units may be elected from other areas of the university with consent of major adviser.
16
Dance Performance and Choreography
DANC 310 Dance Conditioning/Pilates  
DANC 311 Alignment Study/Pilates Mat (1)
DANC 340 Creative Dance for Children
DANC 399 University Dance Theatre (2 + 2) [consecutive fall-spring semesters]
DANC 434 Dance Composition: Choreography II
DANC 461 Advanced Choreography and Production
DANC 463 Performance in Dance Production (1)
DANC 699 Special Study (1-3)
Musical Theatre
MUS 311 Class Voice I (1)  
MUS 312 Class Voice II (1)
MUS 445 The Creative Imagination in Music
MUS 477 Career Management in Music
MUS 501 Music: The Listener's Art
MUS 505 Music of the World's Peoples
MUS 506 Survey of Jazz
TH A 125 Movement I: Skills
TH A 130 Acting Workshop I
TH A 333 Lyric Theatre Workshop
TH A 425 Movement II: Styles
TH A 433 Musical Theatre Workshop
Minimum total for major 45

*Students in the Performance/Choreography Emphasis will typically select from DANC 304, 350, and 430. Students in the Musical Theatre Emphasis will typically select from MUS 612, THA 300, and THA 403.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE

This is the old dance program available to continuing students who began the program before the Fall 2005 semester. Continuing students who are interested in pursuing the new program should consult with an adviser

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 one of the four advising days at the beginning and end of each semester. Contact a program adviser for information, 415-338-6374. 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 [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
DANC 699 Special Study (production crew) 1
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 Dance, with adviser approval.
18
DANC/ANTH 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 Conditioning/Pilates (2)
DANC 316 Dunham Dance Technique (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 Ritual and Religion
DANC 432 Dunham: History and Philosophy
DANC 434 Dance Composition: Choreography II
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/ANTH 657 Dance Ethnology
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. Courses may be repeated 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 316 Dunham Technique (2)
DANC 463 Performance in Dance Production (1)
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 three courses (7 units) plus seventeen units taken from a list of electives on advisement. A total of twelve units in the minor must be upper division. Students seeking the Minor in Dance should take the placement audition for the study of technique and pass into the next higher level of technique with permission of the instructor. Other dance courses not on this list may be used as electives. Students should take special care to follow prerequisites for upper division courses: DANC 304, 340, 434, and 461. For specific dates and times of the placement audition, please contact the School of Music and Dance at 415-338-1431 or www.sfsu.edu/~smd.

Core Units
DANC 232 Dance Composition: Choreography I 3
DANC 311 Alignment Study/Pilates Mat 1
DANC 430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World or 3
  DANC 350   Dance Aesthetics: Cultural and Historical Perspectives
Total for core 7
Electives
Courses selected from the following on advisement 17
 DANC 160 African Haitian Dance I (1)  
 DANC 163 Ballet I (1)
 DANC 236 Folklore of Dance: African-Haitian (2)
 DANC 263 Ballet II (2)
 DANC 276 Modern Jazz Dance II (2)
 DANC 304 Issues in Dance Medicine I
 DANC 310 Dance Conditioning (2)
 DANC 311 Alignment Study/Pilates Mat (1)
 DANC 316 Dunham Dance Technique (2)
 DANC 340 Creative Dance in Basic Subject Development
 DANC 363 Ballet III (2)
 DANC 374 Modern Dance III (2)
 DANC 376 Modern Jazz Dance III (2)
 DANC 399 University Dance Theatre (2 + 2)
 DANC 400 Technique Workshop in Contemporary Dance (1)
 DANC 402 Technique Workshop in Modern Jazz Dance (1)
 DANC 434 Dance Composition: Choreography II
 DANC 461 Principles of Dance Production
 DANC 463 Performance in Dance (1)
 DANC 474 Modern Dance IV (2)
 DANC 560 Theory and Practice/Dance Education
 DANC 699 Special Study (1-3)
Total for electives 17
Total for minor 24


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