Dance

College of Creative Arts
Dean: Keith Morrison

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

Undergraduate Advisers: Cayou, Duke, Rose, Sandri, Whipp

Faculty

Professors--Cayou, Duke, Rose, Whipp

Associate Professor--Sandri

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

Programs

B.A. in Dance: Concentration in Dance Ethnology

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

B.A. in Dance: Concentration in Dance Education

Minor in Dance

Program Scope

The curriculum for the B.A. program is designed to provide an in-depth study of dance on both a practical and theoretical level, preparing students for performance and choreographic opportunities, teaching and research, and graduate programs 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, history, aesthetics, research methods, notation, and the science of dance movement. This concentration prepares students in the practical and theoretical aspects of folk/ethnic/traditional dance.

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 related media technology, and the science of movement. In addition to providing preparation for graduate study, the performance/choreography concentration will develop dancers/choreographers for dance as an art by exposing them to several techniques and contemporary styles and guide them to discover their own creativity and choreographic approach. Students of this concentration are required to produce a final choreographic project.

The dance education concentration will provide proficiency in pedagogy, a strong level of contemporary dance technique, ethnic dance composition/choreography for solo and group work, performance, production, creativity, history, aesthetics, criticism, the science of dance movement, and media technology for dance. In addition, it will provide basic preparation for entrance into a credential program for dance and provide preparation for a graduate program in dance education. This concentration will also prepare the student for teaching in a private studio, recreation center, or in the fitness industry.

Students of each concentration are required to complete a senior project which serves as a culminating experience.

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 and two other studios used for classes. The second principal teaching studio is located in the Arts and Industry 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 will 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, the current program remains available through the Department of Dance.

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.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE

All students are required to complete all courses in the core. All students seeking a major in Dance must do the placement audition through the Department of Dance. This audition is scheduled several times a year. For specific dates and times, contact the Department of Dance, Creative Arts Building, Room 101. The telephone number is 338-2062. 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.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

Units

Core

DANC 231	Fundamentals of Dance Movement 
Theories 2
DANC 232	Dance Composition: Choreo-
graphy I 3
DANC 300	Seminar in Dance		2
DANC 304	Issues in Dance Medicine I		3
DANC 306	Issues in Dance Medicine II		3
DANC 310	Dance Fitness		2
DANC 350	Dance Watching		3
DANC 430	Historical Survey of Dance in the 
Western World: 1300-Present 3
DANC 431	Media and Technology for Dance		3

DANC 433	Rhythm and Music for the Dancer		3
Total for core		27

Concentration in Dance Ethnology

ANTH 120	Introduction to Social and Cultural 
Anthropology			3
DANC 203	Introduction to Dance Ethnology 
and Field Study 2
DANC 415	Dance in Religion		3
One of the following:		3
MUS 505	Music of the World's Peoples
MUS 530	Music of the Middle East, Far East, 
and Sub-continental India
MUS 531	Music of the Pacific Basin
MUS 532	Music of Latin America
DANC 657	Dance Ethnology		3
DANC 691	Senior Project in Dance Ethnology		3
Technique classes selected from the following		11-13
A minimum of three to five units must be 
chosen from three different styles:
DANC 166	Ballroom Dance I (1)
DANC 167	Ballroom Dance II (1)
DANC 163	Ballet I (1)
DANC 164	Ballet II (1)
DANC 173	Modern Dance I (1)
DANC 174	Modern Dance II (1)
DANC 176	Modern Jazz Dance I (1)
DANC 177	Modern Jazz Dance II (1)
DANC 206	Ballet III (2)
DANC 208	Modern Dance III (2)
DANC 209	Modern Jazz Dance III (2)
DANC 234	Social and Ballroom Dances 
of the U.S. (2)
A minimum of two units must be chosen 
from two different styles:
DANC 160	African Haitian Dance I (1)
DANC 161	African Haitian Dance II (1)
DANC 168	Folk Dance I (1)
DANC 169	Folk Dance II (1)
DANC 207	Dance in Cultural Context (2)
DANC 235	Folklore of European and 
American Dance (2)
DANC 236	Folklore of African Haitian 
Dance (2)
DANC/BL S 617	Black Dance Experience
Additional course required for the major:
DANC 399	Repertory in Performance (2) 

	[2 semesters for 2 units each]

Minimum total for concentration		28-30
Minimum total for major		55
A mid-term review is given to students in this concentration prior to enrollment in DANC 657. Each student is required to complete a senior project which includes a dance ethnology topic on which a research paper and a related performance is presented.

Concentration in Performance/Choreography

Technique classes selected from the following		12-15
DANC 166	Ballroom Dance I (1) or
DANC 234	Social and Ballroom Dances 
of the U.S. (2)
DANC 164	Ballet II (1) or
DANC 206	Ballet III (2)
Choose one of the following:
DANC 207	Dance in Cultural Context (2)
DANC 235	Folklore of European and 
American Dance (2)
DANC 236	Folklore of African Haitian 
Dance (2)
DANC/BL S 617 Black Dance Experience
DANC 208	Modern Dance III (2) or
DANC 308	Modern Dance IV (2)
DANC 209	Modern Jazz Dance III (2) or
DANC 309	Modern Jazz Dance IV (2)
DANC 399	Repertory in Performance (2)
[2 semesters for 2 units each]
Additional courses required for the major:
TH A 312	Costuming and Make-Up		2
THA 315	Theatre Production: Technical 
Crew 1
TH A 313	Stage Lighting and Sound		2
THA 315	Theatre Production: Technical 
Crew 1
DANC 434	Dance Composition: 
Choreography II 3
DANC 461	Principles of Dance Production and 
Management 3
DANC 690	Senior Project in Performance/

	Choreography		3

Minimum total for concentration		27-30
Minimum total for major		54
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 in a concert setting. Students pursuing this concentration are expected to take a technique class each semester, and to the extent possible, take advantage of outside studio classes.

Concentration in Dance Education

Technique classes selected from the following		12-15
DANC 166	Ballroom Dance I (1) or
DANC 234	Social and Ballroom Dances 
of the U.S. (2)
DANC 164	Ballet II (1) or
DANC 206	Ballet III (2)
DANC 207	Dance in Cultural Context (2) or
DANC/BL S 617 Black Dance Experience
DANC 208	Modern Dance III (2) or
DANC 308	Modern Dance IV (2)
DANC 235	Folklore of European and 
American Dance (2) or
DANC 236	Folklore of African Haitian 
Dance (2)
DANC 209	Modern Jazz Dance III (2) or
DANC 309	Modern Jazz Dance IV (2)
DANC 399	Repertory in Performance (2)
[2 semesters for 2 units each]
Additional courses required for the major:
TH A 312	Costuming and Makeup		2
THA 315	Theatre Production: Technical 
Crew 1
TH A 313	Stage Lighting and Sound		2
THA 315	Theatre Production: Technical 
Crew 1
DANC 340	Creative Dance in Basic Subject 
Development 3
DANC 434	Dance Composition: 
Choreography II 3
DANC 461	Principles of Dance Production and 
Management 3
DANC 560	Theory and Practice of Dance		3
DANC 699	Special Study [must be taken con-

	currently with DANC 560]		1

Minimum total for concentration		31-34
Minimum total for major		58
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 involves a dance education project in a school, community center, social service center, or other appropriate setting.

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.

Units

Core

DANC 231	Fundamentals of Dance Movement 
Theories 2
DANC 233	Orientation to Dance History and 
Philosophy or
DANC 232	Dance Composition: Choreo-
graphy I 3
DANC 430	Historical Survey of Dance in the 
Western World: 1300 to 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 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 Con-
temporary 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: Choreo-
graphy II
DANC 461	Principles of Dance Production
DANC 463	Performance in Dance (1)
DANC 560	Theory and Practice Dance (2)
DANC/BLS 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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