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DANCE 310
Jazz Dance I
1 Unit
Course Family: Jazz Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This physical education course covers barre and center floor warm-ups, exercises, jazz techniques, isolations, walks and turns. This course explores variation of styles in ethnic, lyrical and modern jazz dance given in combinations and offers students the opportunity for exploration and improvisation using jazz steps learned in class. This class is for students with no or very little dance training.
DANCE 312
Jazz Dance II
1 Unit
Course Family: Jazz Dance Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 310 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This beginning/intermediate dance class continues the fundamental jazz skills learned in the previous level with further focus on proper technique including alignment, balance, multiple turns, leaps, and more complex combinations. This course is for students with some previous dance training.
DANCE 313
Jazz Dance III
1 Unit
Course Family: Jazz Dance Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 312 with a grade of "C" or better; or two years of beginning toward intermediate skills of jazz dance, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This intermediate dance class continues with the fundamental jazz skills learned in the previous level with a further focus on proper technique while performing more complex combinations and exploring different rhythms and styles. This course is for students with previous dance training.
DANCE 314
Jazz Dance IV
1 Unit
Course Family: Jazz Dance Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 313 with a grade of "C" or better; or training at a level of intermediate skills of jazz dance, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This intermediate/advanced dance class offers the opportunity for students to create a personal jazz style using the techniques learned in the previous levels. This course explores variation of styles in ethnic, lyrical and modern given in combinations and offers students the opportunity for exploration and improvisation using jazz steps learned in class. This class is for high intermediate to advanced dance students only.
DANCE 320
Ballet I
1 Unit
Course Family: Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course covers the fundamentals of beginning ballet technique. Basic terminology, coordination, alignment and execution of beginning ballet technique will be addressed. Students will experience a typical ballet class beginning with exercises at the barre, developed exercises in the center and across the floor exercises. Students will gain strength, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. Students will also acquire knowledge of ballet history and repertory. Students will present their semester-long study of beginning ballet in a final showcase performance. This course is for students with no to very little dance experience.
DANCE 321
Ballet II
1 Unit
Course Family: Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 320 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is a continuation of beginning ballet technique with a progression in barre, center, and across the floor exercises. Fundamentals of beginning ballet are addressed with greater emphasis on strength and coordination. Students will further develop their ballet skills, movement vocabulary, and sequence construction while advancing their knowledge of ballet history and repertory. Students will present their semester-long study of Level II ballet in a final showcase performance. This course is recommended for students who have successfully completed Ballet I and are at a high beginner or intermediate level.
DANCE 322
Ballet III
1 Unit
Course Family: Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 321 with a grade of "C" or better; or two years of beginning level training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This intermediate ballet course provides a progression from Level II barre, center, and across the floor exercises with an emphasis on the anatomy that governs ballet mechanics. Intermediate level technique allows for additional movement vocabulary and a refinement in épaulement and adagio and allegro sequences. The contributions of pioneer and modern day choreographers and dancers will be highlighted along with intermediate level variations. Students will present their semester-long study of Level III ballet in a final showcase performance. This course is for students who have successfully completed Ballet II or are at a high intermediate level.
DANCE 323
Ballet IV
1 Unit
Course Family: Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 322 with a grade of "C" or better; or an intermediate level of training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This advanced ballet course provides a progression from Level III barre, center, and across the floor exercises with an opportunity for pre-pointe work, floor barre, conditioning, and variations. Advanced level technique allows for the refinement of intermediate skills and breathing techniques for muscular strength and endurance exercises. The contributions of contemporary choreographers and dancers will be highlighted along with contemporary variations. Students will present their semester-long study of Level IV ballet in a final showcase performance. This course is for students who have successfully completed Ballet III and are at the advanced level.
DANCE 330
Modern Dance I
1 Unit
Course Family: Modern Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This beginning class offers an introduction to basic dance movement and the basic elements of music and rhythm. This course includes rhythmic, isolated and expressive movement as well as elemental concepts of space, time and force. This course is for students with little or no previous dance training.
DANCE 332
Modern Dance II
1 Unit
Course Family: Modern Dance Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 330 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This beginning/intermediate modern dance class continues with the fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. This course includes rhythmic, isolated and expressive movement. Concepts of space, time and force as related to dance will be discussed. Various cultural and contemporary dances will be explored. This course is for students who have successfully completed Modern Dance I or have previous dance training.
DANCE 333
Modern Dance III
1 Unit
Course Family: Modern Dance Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 332 with a grade of "C" or better; or have training at a beginning-intermediate level in modern dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This intermediate modern dance class continues to develop fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. The class focuses on proper technique with more complex combinations. The students will perform various types of styles including cultural and contemporary dance. This course is for students who have successfully completed Modern Dance II or have previous dance training.
DANCE 334
Modern Dance IV
1 Unit
Course Family: Modern Dance Technique
Prerequisite: DANCE 333 with a grade of "C" or better; or have training at an intermediate level in modern dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: The student's level of ability must be appropriate for the class. Students who are inexperienced or at too high of a level will be asked to take another course. The instructor will make this determination.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This intermediate/advanced modern dance class continues to develop fundamental modern dance skills learned in the previous level. The class focus is on proper technique while performing complex combinations and developing a personal style. This course creates an opportunity for self-discovery, self-discipline and self-expression in the art form of modern dance. Creative assignments will be given in improvisation and movement communication and expression utilizing problem-solving techniques. This course is for students who have successfully completed Modern Dance III or have previous dance training.
DANCE 351
Urban Hip Hop I
1 Unit
Course Family: Hip Hop Technique and Competition
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course includes basic urban-style Hip Hop moves and rapid level changes for floor work. Choreography is provided on a bare bones theme and developed according to individual style, ability and personal interpretation. The history of this genre and the traditional competitive elements of Hip Hop dance are examined, as well as the role of dance in Hip Hop culture. An opportunity for Freestyle, Old Style, Poppin', Lockin', and Dance Poetry exploration is offered.
DANCE 352
Urban Hip Hop II
1 Unit
Course Family: Hip Hop Technique and Competition
Prerequisite: DANCE 351 with a grade of "C" or better; or one year of beginning training determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course builds on the skills introduced with Urban Hip Hop I. Skills, steps, and hip hop dance combinations will progress in difficulty. Students will have more opportunity to explore freestyle movement and participate in session work. The emphasis of this class will cover the progression of hip hop dance beginning with break dance through the current trends of today.
DANCE 353
Urban Hip Hop III
1 Unit
Course Family: Hip Hop Technique and Competition
Prerequisite: DANCE 352 with a grade of "C" or better; or an intermediate level of training in Hip Hop dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course builds on the skills and steps learned in Urban Hip Hop I and II. Level III dance combinations will be taught covering various styles within hip hop dance. Students will work in groups to create a final presentation that expands a teacher-choreographed dance into a full length performance piece that utilizes choreographic elements and adds student choreography. The emphasis of this class will be on choreographic styles.
DANCE 354
Urban Hip Hop IV
1 Unit
Course Family: Hip Hop Technique and Competition
Prerequisite: DANCE 353 with a grade of "C" or better; or an intermediate to advanced level of training in Hip Hop dance, as determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This is an intermediate level course that builds on the skills learned in Urban Hip Hop levels I-III. Students will be introduced to freestyle movement and the elements of cyphering and battling. Musicality, emotion, and storytelling are explores as students develop their own artistry within freestyle movement. The emphasis of this class will be on utilizing intermediate level skills with freestyle movement.
DANCE 410
Dance Composition and Production I
2 Units
Course Family: Dance Composition and Production
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course introduces students to the elements of choreography and the creative processes of composing dances. Students assume the roles of dancer and choreographer in developing improvisation, directing, and performance skills to produce and perform original group compositions. This course culminates in a final showcase performance designed to give students an opportunity to experience a college level dance production.
DANCE 411
Dance Composition and Production II
2 Units
Course Family: Dance Composition and Production
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: DANCE 410; Student should have completed DANCE 410, or beginning level training, or satisfy the professor with a level of proficiency."
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides an opportunity to explore the processes of composing and producing beginning to intermediate level choreography. Students will work in small groups to develop original compositions that demonstrate an understanding of choreographic forms and creative processes. This course culminates in a final showcase performance.
DANCE 412
Dance Composition and Production III
2 Units
Course Family: Dance Composition and Production
Prerequisite: DANCE 411 with a grade of "C" or better; or have beginning to intermediate knowledge of composing dances, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides an opportunity to explore the processes of composing and producing intermediate level choreography. Students will identify and integrate the contributions of modern and contemporary choreographers for the purpose of expanding their choreography skills. An emphasis on smaller compositions, for example, solos, duos, and trios will be included along with the roles of lighting and costume design. This course culminates in a final showcase performance.
DANCE 413
Dance Composition and Production IV
2 Units
Course Family: Dance Composition and Production
Prerequisite: DANCE 412 with a grade of "C" or better; or have intermediate knowledge of composing dances, determined by the professor per an evaluation for the level of proficiency.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides an opportunity to explore the processes of composing and producing advanced level choreography. Students will continue their study of modern and contemporary choreographers' contributions for the purpose of expanding their choreography skills. An emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies including multimedia, drama, art, and music will provide an integrated approach for exploring the significance of dance and other art forms in contemporary society. This course culminates in a final showcase performance.
DANCE 495
Independent Studies in Dance
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
DANCE 499
Experimental Offering in Dance
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB