Dance 231

DNCE 231: Intermediate Modern Dance

Credit HoursL: (1) Four hours technique

Movement experiences and techniques progressing in difficulty. Implementation of principles and techniques of choreography in individual and group compositions.

Note(s): May be taken for a total of 12 semester hours of credit.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1.Study of technique in a recognized system such as Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Horton, Humphrey-Weidman, or an acceptable adaptation from these and other systems that will:


            a.Properly warm dancers up and advance their strength, flexibility, and coordination through floor and centerwork.
            b.Extend dancers' ability to assimilate and perform combinations in class.
            c.Increase dancers' vocabulary of movement, musicality and projection skills.


2.Study of elementary rules of choreography in order to produce:


            a.Simple dance compositions utilizing changes in factors related to movement.
            b.Individual and group compositions based upon varying motivational devices.


3.Viewing of selected tapes and films.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A professional approach in which the theory and technique of modern dance is taught to and practiced by the student on an intermediate level.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:


1.Demonstrate technical competency in the execution of modern dance technique at an intermediate level.
2.Possess an understanding of the modern dance aesthetic and how it relates to technical and compositional principles.


Assessment Measures

The student may be evaluated through a variety of means including direct observation by the instructor, video taping for analysis by the instructor and/or student, practical and written exams, and class attendance.


Other Course Information

At the instructor's discretion, the normal skill building routine of a dance class may be enriched and supplemented by such aids as viewing videos of modern dance works, attending live dance performances, keeping logs, and class discussion of topics that arise as a result of viewings and writings.


Review and Approval


Last Date of Revision: January, 1983
October 1, 1991RevisionMargaret Devaney, Chair
March 24, 1998 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair
September 12, 2001Review Margaret Devaney, Chair

June 20, 2015