Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Kinesiology and Athletics Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Humanities

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2009

1. Description -
A comprehensive study of the evolution of theatrical dance in the western world from the 16th century through the present day. Includes the eras of French court ballet, ballet d'action, romantic and classical ballet, modern, post-modern and contemporary dance. Examines topics in dance as an art form, including history, traditions, trends; outstanding artists and works; practice in observing and understanding dance in a historical and cultural context. Analysis of dance as an expression of social order, power, classical art, a medium of cultural fusion, and as an expression of individual artists.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in H P 70.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. examine and discuss the evolution of dance as a performing art in western culture from the 16th century through the present day
  2. discuss the relationship of dance to other forms of artistic expression
  3. recognize the important movements and figures in dance history
  4. identify and analyze the origin and evolution of different styles and forms of contemporary dance
  5. identify and discuss ways in which dance serves as a medium of cultural fusion
  6. examine the function and impact of dance in the lives of individuals and societies
  7. demonstrate the application of knowledgeable criteria for performance evaluation
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught as an online distance learning or hybrid section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Examine and discuss the evolution of dance as a performing art in western culture from the 16th century through the present day
    1. early roots in French court ballet in the 16th century
      1. secular functions
      2. mixture of art politics and entertainment
      3. baroque dance and the reign of Louis XIV
      4. dancers as noble amateurs
    2. the rise of professionalism in the 17th century
      1. Acad?©mie Royale de Danse established to train dancers in 1661
      2. transition from court to proscenium stage
    3. development of the Ballet d'Action in the 18th century
      1. unfolding a story in movement
      2. drama replaces propoganda
      3. Paris Op?©ra establishes Paris as the center of the ballet world
    4. Romanticism and its influence on 19th century ballet
      1. emergence of pointe technique, the tutu, the illusion of weightlessness and effortlessness
      2. themes dealt with supernatural, usually feminine, creatures; sylphides, water nymphs, fire spirits, peris, demons
    5. Classical ballet peaks in the early 20th century
      1. influence of Russian ballet
      2. the ballet Russes
      3. emphasis on technical virtuosity and visual spectacle
    6. emergence of modern dance and neoclassical ballet in the 20th century
      1. dance begins to ally itself with progressive movements in the visual arts
      2. innovative stage and costume designs evolve
    7. Post-modern Dance of the 1960's and 1970's
      1. reaction to the compositional and presentation constraints of modern dance
      2. Judson dance theater
      3. experimental choreography of Tharp, Bausch and others
      4. rise of postmodernist choreographic processes produce a wide range of dance works in varying styles
    8. influential dancers and choreographers from the 1980's to present
      1. Tanztheater
      2. Butoh
      3. performance art
      4. site-specific choreography
      5. upsurge in popularity of dances of the past
      6. use of technological advances including cinedance and videodance
    9. Construction of a simple time-line of the emergence of dance forms from the 16th century to present day using multi-media techniques
  2. Discuss the relationship of dance to other forms of artistic expression
    1. relationship of the development of dance to the development of art, music and literature in each major historical period
    2. distinctive costumes significant of each major period and the effect on the dance movement
    3. collaborative efforts of authors, artists and musicians of 19th and 20th century dance including Feuillet, Mallarm?©, Lord Byron, Perrault, Degas, Picasso, Dulac, Chanel, Bakst, Chopin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Satie, Stravinsky, Glass, Cage and others
  3. Recognize the important movements and figures in dance history
    1. lives and works of major dance artists
    2. Classical Ballet: Nijinsky, Balanchine, Baryshnikov and others
    3. Modern Dance: Duncan, Graham, Cunningham, Ailey and others
    4. Musical Theatre: Fosse, Kelly, Astaire and others
    5. World Dance: Dunham and others
  4. Identify and analyze the origin and evolution of different styles and forms of contemporary dance
    1. Contemporary ballet
    2. Jazz
    3. Tap
    4. Ballroom
    5. Social dance
    6. Musical theater
    7. Hip-hop
    8. Street dance
    9. World dance
    10. Dance techniques
    11. Vocabulary of dance terms
  5. Identify ways in which dance serves as a medium of cultural fusion
    1. dance in the royal courts of the world
    2. fusion of western and non-western styles of dance
    3. influences of non-western dance forms on western choreography
  6. Examine the function and impact of dance on the lives of individuals and societies
    1. Dance as a means of worship, a form of ritual, and a means of nonverbal communication
    2. Dance as an outlet for self expression and personal creativity
    3. Dance as a form of social affirmation, a means of preserving culture and strength of a society
  7. Demonstrate the application of critical thinking skills and knowledgeable criteria for reflective performance critique and evaluation
    1. Exposure to dance criticism
    2. How to look at dance
    3. How to evaluate dance
    4. Research a specific choreographer, work, or company and demonstrate in a written essay its contribution to the field
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Tests on Class lectures
  2. Critique of performances
  3. Final Exam on lectures, notes, and discussions
  4. Biography of famous artists
  5. Weekly homework assignments
  6. Class Participation
  7. Chronological time-line project
7. Representative Text(s) -
Au, Susan. Ballet and Modern Dance, 2nd ed., London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Electronic discussions/chat,
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and online sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
  2. Homework assignments: Weekly critiques of performances, styles, biographies.
  3. Tests include essays on historical periods, artists, styles, and performances.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in Physical Education and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area I, Humanities.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-05-08 12:40:53

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines