Dance (DANCE) Courses

DANCE 100  3 Units  
Dance History and Appreciation  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course is a comprehensive survey of dance from ancient times to the 21st century. Emphasis is placed on historical perspectives revealing dance as an emerging art form. The course curriculum also surveys the roles of dance in relation to religion, culture, politics, and social attitudes, as well as its relation to other art forms. (Formerly DANCE 200)

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 101A  2 Units  
Beginning Modern Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

This course focuses on the inner impulse of modern dance and draws upon the movement vocabularies of classical, post-modern, and contemporary styles. A strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition of beginning modern dance movement vocabulary, dynamic alignment, and suppleness, flexibility, rhythmically, musicality, endurance and balance.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 101B  2 Units  
Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: DANCE 101A

This beginning/intermediate level of Modern Dance utilizes the basic knowledge of beginning modern dance techniques to increase the movement vocabularies of classical, post-modern, and contemporary styles. Students will utilize a higher level of codified modern dance terminology and combinations, which are essential to move forward in modern dance.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 102A  2 Units  
Intermediate Modern Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

This course offers an intermediate study of modern dance techniques. It will include movement vocabularies of Graham, Horton, Cunningham, Limon and the post modern and contemporary styles of today. Emphasis is on expanding and deepening the dancer's technical and expressive skills through more complicated techniques, combinations and improvisations. Concert and performance is required.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 102B  2 Units  
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: DANCE 102A

This course explores further the development of modern dance skills, techniques and vocabulary developed in beginning through intermediate modern dance. An in-depth emphasis is placed on increased flexibility and endurance, clarity of technique, rhythm, time, form and energy through choreographic and improvisational exercises and combinations. Concert attendance and performance is required.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 103A  2 Units  
Beginning Ballet  

Lab: 108 contact hours

This course is an introduction to basic ballet technique emphasizing ballet etiquette, terminology, placement, and alignment, warm-up and injury prevention; body conditioning principles as they relate to ballet technique, flexibility and strengthening exercises, basic barre, basic center floor, and traveling combination exercises.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 103B  2 Units  
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: DANCE 103A

This course will utilize the knowledge learned in Beginning Ballet to become more proficient in ballet technique by using higher level codified ballet terminology, utilizing placement, alignment, expanding and more complex warm-up technique, basic barre, basic center technique, increasing flexibility, furthering strengthening exercises and more complex traveling combination exercises as it relates to this level of ballet, while reviewing cumulative ballet technique for higher levels of ballet.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 105A  2 Units  
Beginning Jazz Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

This course is an introduction to the beginning techniques of Jazz Dance with a focus on movement vocabulary, placement, centering, balance, alignment, strength, flexibility, and across the floor progressions.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 105B  2 Units  
Beginning/Intermediate Jazz Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: DANCE 105A

This course is a continuation and advancement of beginning level techniques with an additional introduction of intermediate techniques. These techniques collectively enable the student to demonstrate an increased ability to execute proper placement, alignment, balance, strength, flexibility, and across the floor progressions of dance movement.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 106A  2 Units  
Intermediate Jazz Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: DANCE 105B

This course provides a continuing study of jazz dance techniques at the intermediate level including the styles and techniques of Jack Cole, Jerome Robbins, Frank Hatchett, Bob Fosse, Katherine Dunham, and more. Focus is given to the development of the dancer’s technical and expressive skills, as well as historical and theoretical understandings of jazz technique for film, television, and stage. Public performance is required for this class.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 106B  2 Units  
Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: DANCE 106A

This course provides a continuing study of jazz dance techniques at the intermediate level with an additional introduction of advanced techniques. Study of the styles and techniques of famous artists such as Debbie Allen, Gus Giordano, Michael Bennet, Mia Michaels and more are covered in this class. Contemporary and commercial jazz dance forms are also covered along with historical and theoretical understandings of jazz dance techniques related to the dancer’s expressive skills. Public performance is required for this class.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 107X2  2 Units  
Beginning Tap Dance  

Lab: 108 contact hours

This is a basic course of instruction in the art of tap dancing. Topics include physical strengthening, rhythmic awareness, execution of basic tap-dancing steps, floor exercises, vocabulary for theatrical presentation of tap choreography, audience awareness and basic acting skills. This course may be taken two times.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 114X4  4 Units  
Dance Rehearsal and Performance  

Lab: 216 contact hours

Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment in this class is contingent upon an audition for a current dance production.

This course provides instruction and supervision of rehearsal and performance in various dance productions. This course may be taken four times.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

DANCE 206X4  4 Units  
Dance Production  

Lab: 216 contact hours

Advisory: ENGL 015 or eligibility for ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H as determined by the SBVC assessment process.

This course provides instruction and analysis of all aspects of dance production including organizing a dance production; publicity and marketing; budget; theatrical and dance lighting; set design; costumes and makeup; and instruction in elements of physical theater, such as stage terminology, stage directions, and roles of theatre personnel. This course may be taken four times.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU