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Courses Offered

Courses in dance satisfy the physical education requirement.

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Dance Course Descriptions

Not all classes in all disciplines are offered every semester. See the Class Schedule or contact the Dance department for offerings in the current semester.

NOTE For up-to-date course descriptions, please refer to the current GCC catalog.

NOTE: The following 4 classes do not meet the physical education requirement

  • Child Development 158
  • Dance 102, 107, 158
DANCE 100

100
SURVEY OF DANCE HISTORY
3.0 Units
DANCE 100 is a survey of dance forms created by western cultures and civilizations. An introduction of the prehistory of dance and development of dance in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome is followed by an investigation of the history of dance in the western world through the Christian era into contemporary times. Elements relating to social dance, ethnic dance, court dance, ballet, modern dance, musical theater dance, jazz, and tap dance are included. Emphasis is placed on integrating the development of dance forms with the geographic, social, political, philosophical, and religious characteristics of these cultures. Note: This course will not fulfill physical education activity requirements.

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/ Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

DANCE 101

101
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE
1.5 Units
DANCE 101 provides a variety of experiences in movement relative to the acquisition of concepts and skills necessary to develop a basic understanding of dance as a performing art form.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 1.5 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Cultural Dance Family)

DANCE 102

102
MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE HISTORY
3.0 Units
DANCE 102 is a survey of dance forms originating in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Armenia, the Levant and Turkey, with emphasis placed on their practice and development during the 19th and 20th centuries. An overview of Middle Eastern and Islamic values in relation to the body, gender, art, and spirituality provides a context for the examination of these dance forms and their relationship to the culture that created them. Elements relating to social dance, gendered dance, spiritual dance, Raqs Sharqi (‘Belly Dance’), and theatrical dance are included. The role of cultural exchange and the migration of these dance forms on their development is investigated.

Note: This course will not fulfill physical education activity requirements.

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

DANCE 107

107
SURVEY OF DANCE TEACHING METHODOLOGY
3.0 Units
DANCE 107 is a survey of dance teaching methodologies currently used in the dance industry. An introduction of dance technique methodology and age appropriate dance pedagogy is followed by lesson planning, dance program development, and student evaluation process.

Note: This course will not fulfill physical education activity requirements.

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: DANCE 101 or equivalent.

DANCE 110

110
BALLET TECHNIQUE I
2.0 Units
DANCE 110 provides the student with practical experience in the traditional ballet techniques and styles. Through demonstration, exercise, and discussion the course emphasizes the development of the basic physical skills, ballet vocabulary, alignment, coordination, and mental discipline necessary to excel in all dance forms.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Ballet Technique Family)

DANCE 111

111
BALLET TECHNIQUE II
2.0 Units
DANCE 111 provides the students with practical experience in the traditional ballet techniques and styles on an intermediate level. Through exercise and discussion the course emphasizes further development of the physical skills, ballet vocabulary, alignment, coordination, and mental discipline necessary for intermediate performance skills.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: DANCE 110 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Ballet Technique Family)

DANCE 112

112
BALLET PERFORMANCE SKILLS
1.5 Units
DANCE 112 provides the student with practical experience in performance skills and technical development. Emphasis is given to specific training methods and performance styles of the historic ballet traditions.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 1.5 hours.

Prerequisite: DANCE 111 or equivalent by audition.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

DANCE 114

114
BALLET TECHNIQUE III
2.0 Units
DANCE 114 provides the students with practical experience in the contemporary ballet techniques and styles on an advanced level. Through exercise and discussion the course emphasizes further development of the technical skills, performance skills, and audition techniques.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: DANCE 111 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Ballet Technique Family)

DANCE 115

115
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I
2.0 Units
DANCE 115 provides the students with practical experience in the modern dance techniques and styles. Through demonstration, exercise, and discussion the course emphasizes the development of the basic physical skills, dance vocabulary, alignment, and coordination necessary to excel in various modern dance forms.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None. Note: May be taken 2 times for credit.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Modern Dance Family)

DANCE 116

116
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II
2.0 Units
DANCE 116 provides an opportunity to extend student’s knowledge of modern dance technique. Through demonstration, exercise, and discussion, the course emphasizes the development of greater technical detail and control of the body needed in advanced modern dance production.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: DANCE 115 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Modern Dance Family)

DANCE 117

117
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III
2.0 Units
DANCE 117 provides students with practical experience in the contemporary/modern dance techniques and styles on an advanced level. Through exercise and discussion the course emphasizes further development of the technical skills, performance skills, and audition techniques.

Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: DANCE 116 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (Modern Dance Family)