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The Minor in Dance

Course Requirements for the Minor: 22 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This is an introductory survey course that reviews dance as an art form in both Western and Eastern cultures, to include ballet, modern, ethnic, social dance, jazz and musical theatre. Course content covers the roots of dance in world cultures to include social customs, religious beliefs, social structure, the community and dance theory that influence the dance aesthetic. Course employs lecture, film, and discussion. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021229)
An introduction to the aesthetic principles and practical methods actors use to bring life to characters in plays. Special attention is given to themes of healthy vs. unhealthy personal, family, and social relationships and their critical examination through the active inquiry of rehearsal. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009210)
This course is designed for the theatre or dance student interested in studying representative dance techniques which are used in musical theatre productions. Because musical theatre dance incorporates a wide range of purposes and styles, the dances studied will reflect that diversity. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009509)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of larger ensemble roles or multiple featured roles in the faculty dance contest, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015864)
Prerequisites: THEA 112 or THEA 160, THEA 203 or THEA 303, or instructor's permission.
A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography, including historical context, composition and dramatic focus. Practical application of choreographic principles with emphasis on stage productions. 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009536)

Dance Technique and Theatre Production

11 units selected from:

At least 3 units must be upper-division.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Beginning ballroom introduces the basic techniques for several ballroom dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Jitterbug, and Tango. In addition, social dances such as Bachata, Salsa, Country, Cha-Cha, Night Club Two-Step, Merengue, and others may be added. Traditionally, the follow role has been danced by women. Any student wishing to learn the follow dance role should enroll in this course. 2 hours field studies. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units. (002468)
Beginning ballroom introduces the basic techniques for several ballroom dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Jitterbug, and Tango. In addition, social dances such as Bachata, Salsa, Country, Cha-Cha, Night Club Two-Step, Merengue, and others may be added. Traditionally, the lead role has been danced by men. Any student wishing to learn the lead dance role should enroll in this course. 2 hours field studies. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units. (002467)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of smaller ensemble roles or a single featured role in the faculty dance concert, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009525)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional techniques of ballet, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009505)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of tap dance, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009508)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of jazz dance, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009507)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning basic traditional forms of modern dance in musical theatre. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009506)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting, singing, and other musical theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a larger role in a department production or other approved activity. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009517)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of larger ensemble roles or multiple featured roles in the faculty dance contest, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015864)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Students spend classroom time learning and rehearsing ensemble pieces from the musical theatre canon. Rotating topics include developing new works through staged readings and table reads, and rehearsal and performances of musical theatre song and dance ensemble numbers. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (009524)
Prerequisite: THEA 231 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed for the student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in ballet and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009518)
Prerequisite: THEA 232 or permission of instructor.
This course is for the student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in tap dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (020003)
Prerequisites: THEA 233 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed for the student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in jazz dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009519)

Note: THEA 203, THEA 302, and THEA 303 may be repeated for credit but only 3 additional units may be counted toward the minor.

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