Dance Major


Dance - Performance Art

The City College of San Francisco Dance Program offers students a comprehensive lower division program in the areas of Ballet, Modern, African Diaspora, and Social Dance forms. The Performance Art Dance Major prepares students for transfer to upper division courses in colleges and universities.

Announcement of Curricula - Dance Major

The Dance Major may be obtained by the successful completion of all the required courses for the major (33 units) and the fulfillment of general education requirements with sufficient electives to meet a minimum of 60 units.

Student Learning Outcomes

The emphasis of the Dance – Performance Art Major is to promote dance as an art form. Students majoring in Dance will develop a functional understanding of the fundamental concepts associated with dance as a performance art.  The focus of the major will be dance technique, movement theory, repertory performance, and dance composition. Additionally, the major intends to promote dance as a community asset while supporting the student’s ultimate objective, whether it is to transfer to a four-year institution, or to pursue a career in dance performance or education. The focus is on the individual dancer, and the aim of the major is to provide all of the tools necessary to make the student’s journey successful. Students will acquire proficiency in dance technique, performance technique, body alignment, dance history, choreography, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and the historical and cultural context of dance as a performing art. Additionally, the dance student will develop skills in critical thinking, creative and innovative thinking, problem solving, observation, and evaluation, which can be applied to all aspects of life.

Major Degree Curriculum

The Dance Program has been an integral part of City College of San Francisco’s Physical Education and Dance Department since its inception, over 70 years ago. Due to the integrity, diversity and excellence in teaching this program has steadily grown, evidenced by student enrollment in dance that exceeds 3,000 per semester. Owing to the longevity of high standards and quality of instruction the prestigious Izzy Award for Sustained Achievement was awarded to the CCSF Physical Education and Dance Department in 2007.

  The curriculum for the Associate Degree in Dance allows students to develop skills to pursue careers in choreography, dance performance, dance anthropology, dance education, and performance studies as well as fulfills most of the lower division requirements for many four-year institutions. We are dedicated to creating the “whole” dancer: nurturing mind, body, and spirit. The Dance Program provides comprehensive studies including history, theory, choreography, technique, and performance. Additional classes such as: anatomy, nutrition, music, and theater arts are included to support the student’s development.

The program highlights dance technique (ballet, modern, and African-Haitian) and performance, while providing the student with all of the tools necessary to become a healthy and well-rounded dancer. The student will also have the opportunity to explore the sciences, history, and the theater arts as part of our diverse program. Good nutrition and proper alignment are emphasized and ample performance, choreography, and production opportunities are available. Special focus is given to prepare the dancer for transfer to upper division courses at a four year college or university.

Dance – Performance Art

A placement audition will be required prior to enrollment in the major program. Students not placed into intermediate or advanced level Ballet or Modern classes will be required to take beginning level classes as pre-requisites.

Dance Major Prerequisites:                                                                                      

DANC 120A Beginning Ballet

DANC 125A Beginning Modern Dance

Courses Required for a Dance Major

First Semester Course                                                                                               Units

DANC 100A Dance Composition.................................................................................   3

DANC 125B or DANC125 C Intermediate or Advanced Modern Dance...............  1-2

DANC 135A Beginning Tap...........................................................................................    1

DANC 132A Beginning African-Haitian........................................................................    1

DANC 34 Dance Conditioning.......................................................................................    1

 

Second Semester Course                                                                                           Units

DANC 30 Dance History – Dance in Cultural Context................................................    3

NUTR 12 Introduction to Nutrition or NUTR 52 Elementary Nutrition......................    3

DANC 120B or DANC 120C Intermediate or Advanced Ballet………......................  1-2

DANC 135B Intermediate Tap.....................................................................................        1

DANC 132B Intermediate African-Haitian..................................................................       1

 

Third Semester Course                                                                                             Units

DANC 32 Black Traditions in American Dance. ........................................................     3

DANC 126B Intensive Modern Dance.........................................................................      2

DANC 130A or DANC 130B Beginning or Intermediate Jazz....................................    1

DANC 137A or DANC 137B Beginning or Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance.................   1

DANC 132B Intermediate African-Haitian Or Choose From: DANC 145A

               Beginning Ballroom, DANC 150A Beginning Swing, DANC 160A,

               Beginning Argentine Tango, DANC 155A Beginning European

               Folk Dance.............................................................................................................   1

 

Fourth Semester Course                                                                                           Units

ANAT 14 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology...........................................       4

DANC 130B Intermediate Jazz...................................................................................          1

DANC 121B Intensive Ballet..........................................................................................       2

DANC 101 Dance Performance Production or DANC 102 Repertory Dance Co...... 2

 

    Total Units ............................................................................................................... 33-35

 

Recommended Electives:
TH A 101
Beginning Acting (3),
PE 553
Yoga Movement (1),
DANC 122
Pointe Technique (1),
MUS 21
Traditional African Music (3),
HUM 48
African Music/Art/Literature (3),
HIS 48 African History (3),
DANC 142A
Beginning Contra,
Square, and Sequence (1),
DANC 141 International Folk Dance(1),
and MUS 4 Music Fundamentals (2).

 

Dance – Performance Art Concentration

 Program Description

 Excerpt from the California Community College Application

Statement of Program Goals and Objectives

Students majoring in Dance will develop a functional understanding of the fundamental concepts associated with dance as a performance art.  The focus of the major will be dance technique, movement theory, repertory performance, and dance composition. All courses in the major fulfill lower division course requirements and are transferable, or they contribute to the student’s comprehensive understanding of the holistic integration of mind and body as it relates to the field of dance. Recipients of the City College of San Francisco Associate of Arts Degree in Dance – Performance Art will be equipped to achieve success in a performance-based career and will be prepared for transfer to upper division courses to obtain a baccalaureate degree in Dance at a four-year college. Students will acquire the skills of innovative systems-thinking, linear and non-linear problem-solving, analysis, evaluation, verbal and non-verbal communication, and artistic literacy. These skills will be taught in a contextual/artistic domain, providing the foundation for lifelong learning and career development, as well as an appreciation of dance and the arts as integral parts of society and everyday life.

 

Catalog Description

City College of San Francisco’s Dance major offers courses in dance technique, production/repertory, composition, history, body sciences, and theory to serve students with diverse goals. These goals can include transfer to a four-year institution such as San Francisco State, or to embark on a career in dance, as a performance art, directly following completion of the program. Most or all of the required lower division courses for transfer can be taken at CCSF. Students should consult a counselor to confirm their program of study, as additional courses may be required for particular institutions. The Dance major is suitable for students planning to transfer into programs in dance theory, technique, composition, dance therapy, dance anthropology, performance studies, musical theatre, and dance education. Students majoring in dance at CCSF will also be given the unique opportunity to gain an integrated knowledge of nutrition, alignment, anatomy, and physiology as it relates to the field of dance.

revised 3/2/11