Bulletin

Dance


College of Creative Arts
Dean: Keith Morrison

Department of Dance
CA 101
415-338-2062
Chair: Nontsizi Cayou

Undergraduate Advisers: Cayou, Rose, Sandri, Whipp

Faculty
Professor—Cayou, Duke, Rose

Associate Professor—Whipp

Assistant Professor—Sandri

Lecturers—Casquelourd, Das, Jones, Montoya, Oliveira, Pierce

Programs
B.A. in Dance: Concentration in Ethnology

B.A. in Dance: Concentration in Performance/Choreography

Minor in Dance


Program Scope
The curriculum for the B.A. program is designed to provide an in-depth study of dance to fulfill individual needs on both a practical and theoretical level, preparing students for graduate programs in dance, performing opportunities, teaching, and research.

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.

Facilities
Dance related facilities are presently located in three different buildings on campus. The primary studio is located in the Physical Education Building. This studio is fully equipped as a dance studio and a small performance laboratory. Adjacent to this studio is a small dance rehearsal studio and two other studios used for classes which are shared with the Department of Kinesiology. The second primary teaching studio is located in the new Arts and Industry Building. This new studio is being developed to correspond to its dual role as a teaching studio and small performance laboratory. Larger departmental concerts and productions take place in a 350 proscenium theatre and a large 700 seat theatre. Both are located in the Creative Arts Building. Several other small theatres are occasionally used for dance productions. Special projects with the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts provide access to television production studios.

Career Outlook
Majors graduating from this program will seek employment opportunities in a variety of dance-related areas: performing, choreography, teaching in private schools, recreation and community centers, dance studios, and dance production. 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 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		57
A 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		57
A 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, 338-2062.

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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