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Ballet Folklorico I – IV

Emphasizes beginner to advanced level dance skills and traditional dance steps for folk dances from various regions of Mexico; including the background and meaning of the dances. Upper levels are designed for the performance-oriented student.

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Dance History and Appreciation

Provides for an understanding and appreciation of various art forms of dance: ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Covers dance history and criticism including an overview of the different career options in dance.

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Dance Company

Enrollment subject to assessment of ability to perform choreography. Assessment will be conducted the first week of class meeting. Develops performing and choreographic skills for the intermediate to advanced dancer. Explores basics of fundraising and promotion of dance while performing at K-12 schools, community events and dance festivals. By audition only.

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Selected Topics in Dance

Permits students to study relevant subjects within the field of dance. The specific objectives, methods of instruction, and units of credit to be determined individually for projects proposed under this course description.

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Independent Study

Variable Individual research or study in some facet of dance of interest to the student and not included in the regular courses offered by the college. Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

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Music for Dancers

Grade only. Emphasizes the relationship between music and dance through rhythmic notations and analysis.

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Conditioning for Dancers

Provides basic conditioning techniques that promote body awareness, improve body alignment, enhance and expedite body ability for dance skills; and aid in preventing injuries common to various dance styles.

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Jazz Dance I – IV

Emphasizes beginner to advanced study of jazz dance techniques, consisting of a structured warm-up, center work, locomotor movement, and jazz dance combinations set to contemporary jazz music. Upper levels are designed for the performance-oriented student.

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Ballet I – IV

Emphasizes beginner to advanced study of classical ballet techniques consisting of a barre warm-up and center work, including adage, allegro, jumps, turns, and locomotor movement.

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Lyrical Variations I – IV

Emphasizes the study of beginner to progressive contemporary neo-classical dance forms, consisting of a barre warm-up and center work, including adage, allegro, jumps, turns, and locomotor movement.

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Modern Dance I – IV

Beginning levels emphasize the study of modern dance as performance art consisting of basic dance technique, fundamental rhythms, and elements of dance design. Upper levels emphasize dance techniques for the performance-oriented student.

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Hip-Hop I – IV

Integrates a beginner to advanced-intermediate structured warm-up and theoretical explanation of weight, alignment, rhythmic components, and interpretation of style. Presents urban street dance in a step-by-step format designed to increase stamina, stress motor memory, and teach ethnic style.

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Tap Dance I – IV

Lower levels emphasize the study of beginning to advanced-beginning tap techniques to instill musicality and creativity consisting of center, across-the-floor, and dance combinations. Upper levels emphasize the study of intermediate to advanced-intermediate tap dance skills to focus on clarity, musicality, and creativity.

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Musical Theatre Dance I – IV

Emphasizes the study of beginning to advanced-intermediate musical theatre dance techniques by performing excerpts of choreography used in Broadway and off-Broadway musicals.  Requires a final theatrical performance.

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American Ballroom and Social Dance I – IV

Emphasizes ballroom dance forms presenting beginner to advanced-intermediate steps for fox-trot, waltz, current Latin dances, and swing dances.

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African Dance I – IV

Beginner to advanced-intermediate levels of dance skills and traditional dance steps for African cultural dances including the background and significant meaning of the dances.

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Dance History and Appreciation

Provides for an understanding and an appreciation of various art forms of dance: ballet, modern, jazz and tap. Covers dance history and criticism including an overview of the different career options in dance.

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Dance Choreography I – IV

Lower levels introduce the performance-oriented dancer to the elements of choreography through creating and participating in short dance studies. A performance of student choreography at end of the semester is required. Upper levels reach an in-depth survey and analysis of dance movement potential and creative development of the choreographic dance process.

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Dance Production I – IV

Emphasizes beginning to advanced-intermediate dance technique, choreography, rehearsal, performance and lecture/discussion of organizing and administrating aspects of a dance production.

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Dance Rehearsal Workshop I – IV

Enrollment subject to assessment of ability to perform choreography. Assessment will be conducted the first week of class meeting. Emphasizes a beginning to progressive learning and rehearsing or choreographing of dances to be selected for performance in annual dance production. Attendance of scheduled rehearsals is required.

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Dance Performance Workshop I – IV

Enrollment subject to assessment of ability to perform choreography. Assessment will be conducted the first week of class meeting. Emphasizes the rehearsal and performance of dances selected for performance in semi-annual dance production and the learning of the fundamentals of staging dance and dance performance. Requires attendance at rehearsals and performances.

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