As an academic discipline, Dance classes fulfill the Physical Education/Kinesiology requirement for graduation and the movement requirement for the Kinesiology major. Dance classes provide students the opportunity to discover and study different dance styles that could lead to professions in the arts, media, teaching in K-12 schools or private dance schools and studios. The diverse dance curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of modern, jazz, hip hop, and folklórico. OC dance classes teach and reinforce movement skills along with intellectual development, self-confidence, discipline, and physical fitness that can provide students with foundational skills for healthful living in all areas of their academic and personal lives.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate collaboration and professionalism in academics and production.
- Demonstrate competency in dance technique to support performance.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamental principles of choreography to their own creative process.
- Demonstrate understanding of the historical and cultural influences of dance.
- Know the special vocabulary and terminology for different dance genres.
Dance Appreciation is an introduction to dance history that includes the classical era, social, and ethnic dance styles. The course will survey the development of the major dance genres and analyze the elements which have influenced changes in dance historically, culturally, and as an art form. The sociological, cultural, historical contexts of dance within different societies will be studied. The variety of dance documentation in text, film, and video will illustrate the historical events that have influenced the major choreographers of the 20th century.
This course focuses on the development of modern dance techniques with emphasis on combinations of basic skills. Study of the dance phrase integrating elements of rhythm, design, dynamics, and motivation change will also be covered.
This course focuses on intermediate to advanced modern dance skills and technique necessary for performing dance compositions and student performances.
This course is an introduction to modern jazz techniques and skills. Students will develop flexibility, strength, endurance, dance composition and develop an understanding and appreciation of jazz dance as an art form.
This course offers continued study of jazz dance techniques with emphasis on more advanced skills necessary for performing dance compositions and student performance.
This course is designed to develop beginning dance skills for regional dance styles in Mexico. Students with little or no previous dance experience will learn the basic techniques for folklórico dances, principals of body alignment, strength, and coordination as they relate to dance and performance. Emphasis is placed on the historical and cultural factors that have influenced Mexican folk dance.
This course is designed to develop intermediate dance skills for regional dance styles in Mexico. Students with beginning level folklórico skills will learn high-beginning to intermediate level technique for folklórico dances, principals of body alignment, strength, and coordination as they relate to dance and performance.
This course is an introduction to fundamental hip-hop techniques, rhythms, and styles. Students will develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance along with proper alignment and posture for hip-hop dance. Course activities will include performance of basic routines and sequences and discussion of the historical and cultural aspects of this dance genre.
This course is the second in a series of hip-hop dance courses and builds on the skills introduced in DANC R112A, Hip-Hop Fundamentals. Emphasis is placed on beginning hip-hop steps and movement while refining and expanding technique, rhythms, styles, and performance. Dance combinations will progress in difficulty. Students will develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance along with proper alignment and posture for hip- hop dance. The course will also include historical and cultural aspects of this dance genre.