Dance 331

DNCE 331: High-Intermediate Modern Dance

Credit Hours: (2) Six hours technique

Prerequisite: DNCE 231

Intensive study of modern dance technique for preprofessional levels emphasizing correctness of execution and expressiveness.

Note(s): May be taken multiple times for credit.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Warm-up


            a. Work sitting and lying on the floor that stresses increase in flexibility and in abdominal strength, use of the body's center to initiate movement, development of strength in the deep muscles of the body.
            b. Work standing in the center that concentrates on proper body alignment, axial movement around the center of the torso, balance, strength, and pliancy of the joints.


2. Traveling sequences


            a. Movement combinations that incorporate walks, runs, duplets, and triplets in combination with piques, releves, skips, leaps, and turns.
            b. Addition of movement vocabulary such as prances, sissonnes, and complicated jumps and turns.


3. Combinations


            a. Short compositions created by the instructor that integrate elements of technique emphasized in the preceding parts of class.
            b. Extended compositions developed by the instructor as examples of dances using the wide range of modern dance movement vocabulary and requiring both technical and expressive execution by the student.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The format of the course will follow the traditional organization of a dance technique course. The instructor will, by verbal and visual means, demonstrate the warm-up exercises and movement compositions. Students will improve and practice their skills by means of execution, correction, and repetition.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:


1. Demonstrate technical competency leading to an advanced level of work.
2. Be able to analyze principles of dance technique verbally or in written form.


Assessment Measures

The student may be evaluated through a variety of means including direct observation by the instructor, digital/video taping for analysis, 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 learning logs, and class discussion of topics that arise as a result of viewings and writings.


Review and Approval

Newly Approved Course Spring, 1987

March 24, 1998 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair

Last Date of Revision: Fall 2001
September 12, 2001 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair
July 14, 2005 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair

June 20, 2015