Undergraduate Advisers: Cayou, Rose, Sandri, Whipp
Lecturers—Casquelourd, Das, Jones, Montoya, Oliveira, Pierce
B.A. in Dance: Concentration in Performance/Choreography
Minor in Dance
The dance ethnology concentration is designed to provide students with a strong level of proficiency in the areas of folk/ethnic/traditional dance forms, technique, and style; composition/choreography for both solo and group work; understanding dance in relation to specific cultural contexts, creativity, history, aesthetics, basic research approaches, notation, and the science of dance movement. This concentration prepares students in the practical aspects of folk/ethnic/traditional dance as well as the theoretical aspects.
The performance/choreography concentration is designed to provide students with a strong level of proficiency in the areas of contemporary dance technique, composition/choreography for both solo and group work, performance, creativity, history, production planning, and the science of movement. In addition to providing preparation for graduate study, the performance/choreography concentration will develop the dancer/choreographer for today's world of dance/art; a well trained dancer who has been exposed to several techniques and who should be able to fit into a number of contemporary styles, while at the same time having discovered his/her own creativity and choreographic approach.
The San Francisco Bay Area has a very active dance community which has more than three hundred performance ensembles, from contemporary to traditional. There are many performance opportunities for talented and trained graduates in the immediate area. Teaching opportunities are available in the region and nationally in private and public education, K-12, community college, and university settings.
In California one needs a teaching credential in order to teach K-12. This credential is available at San Francisco State University through a major in physical education which is offered by the Department of Kinesiology. Teaching opportunities also continue to be available in recreation centers, community centers, and fitness centers. Choreography for the stage and film remains an option for those interested. The relatively new field of dance medicine is growing and creating opportunities for graduates who are interested and who will pursue graduate work. Other areas that offer dance related opportunities include dance criticism, dance therapy, and dance production and company management. The overall outlook for students graduating in dance is strong. There are a number of directions possible in the field and in almost each arena there are open opportunities.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Dance discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).
All students are required to complete all courses in the core. It is imperative that students consult with their adviser each semester to assure proper scheduling. Some Dance courses are offered only every third semester. All students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the major as specified in the grading policy of the university.
Core Units Any Level I Dance technique class 1 DANC 231 Fundamentals of Dance Movement Theories 2 DANC 232 Dance Composition/ Choreography I 3 DANC 233 Orientation to Dance History and Philosophy 3 BIOL 328 Human Anatomy 4 KIN 480 Anatomical Kinesiology 3 DANC 430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World 3 DANC 431 Movement Notation Systems 3 DANC 433 Rhythm and Music for the Dancer 3 BIOL 100 Human Biology 4 Total for core 29 Concentration in Dance Ethnology ANTH 120 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 3 DANC 203 Introduction to Dance Ethnology 2 Technique, Theory, and Practice (select from the following) 13 DANC 161 African-Haitian Dance, Level II (1) DANC 169 Folk Dance, Level II (1) DANC 205 African-Haitian Dance, Level III (1) DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (2) DANC 235 Folklore of European and American Dance (2) DANC 236 Folklore of Dance— African-Haitian (2) DANC 350 Dance Watching DANC/BL S 617 Black Dance Experience Recommended elective from the following: 3 DANC 415 Dance in Religion ANTH 315 Regional Ethnography ANTH 580 Anthropology and the Arts (4) BL S 217 African Rhythm and Drum Expressions LARA 425 Comparative Music Folklore DANC 699 Special Study (1-3) Additional courses required for the major: DANC 657 Dance Ethnology 3 DANC 404 Production Techniques in Folk/Ethnic Dance 1 DANC 443 Workshop in Folk/Ethnic Dance 3 Minimum total for concentration 28 Minimum total for major 57A mid-term review is given to students in this concentration prior to enrollment in DANC 404. Each student is required to complete a senior project which includes a dance ethnology topic on which a research paper and a related performance will be presented.
Concentration in Performance/Choreography Technique classes selected from the following: 7 DANC 164 Ballet II (1) DANC 206 Ballet III (2) DANC 208 Modern Dance III (2) DANC 308 Modern Dance IV (2) DANC 309 Modern Jazz Dance IV (2) DANC 399 Dance Rehearsal and Performance (1) 2 [Dance majors are expected to enroll in this course for one year] DANC 434 Composition/Choreography II 3 DANC 416 Advanced Contemporary Dance Repertory and Skills 1 TH A 312 Costuming and Makeup 2 TH A 313 Stage Lighting and Sound 2 TH A 315 Theatre Production Technical Crew 2 DANC 461 Principles of Dance Production and Management (3) 6 Electives (can be selected from within departments in the College of Creative Arts) 3 Minimum total for concentration 28 Minimum total for major 57A mid-term review is given to students in this concentration prior to enrollment in DANC 434. Each student is required to complete a senior project which includes performance and choreography by the student and is formally presented in concert. Students pursuing this concentration are expected to take a technique class each semester, and to the extent possible, take advantage of outside studio classes.
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,
Core Units DANC 231 Fundamentals of Dance Movement Theories 2 DANC 233 Orientation to Dance History and Philosophy or DANC 232 Dance Composition: Choreography I 3 DANC 430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World: 1300-Present 3 DANC 433 Rhythm and Music for the Dancer 3 Total for core 11 Electives Courses selected from the following on advisement 13 DANC 161 African Haitian Dance, Level II (1) DANC 164 Ballet, Level II (1) DANC 167 Ballroom, Level II (1) DANC 174 Modern Dance, Level II (1) DANC 177 Modern Jazz Dance, Level II (1) DANC 203 Introduction to Dance Ethnology and Field Study (2) DANC 206 Ballet, Level III (2) DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (2) DANC 208 Modern Dance, Level III (2) DANC 209 Modern Jazz Dance, Level III (2) DANC 235 Folklore of Dance: European and American (2) DANC 236 Folklore of Dance: Haitian (2) DANC 302 Humphrey/Weidman Technique and Repertory (2) DANC 308 Modern Dance IV (2) DANC 309 Modern Jazz Dance IV (2) DANC 310 Dance Fitness (2) DANC 350 Dance Watching DANC 399 Dance Rehearsal and Performance (1) 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 System 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 640 Movement, Intermedia, and Virtual Response DANC 657 Dance Ethnology DANC 699 Special Study (1-3) Total for electives 13 Total for minor 24
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