Fall 2015 Class Schedule (ARC)



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DANCE 301    Belly Dancing    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the basic movements, cultural values, and history of Danse Orientale, more commonly known as Belly Dance. It consists of warm ups, movement across the floor, center floor work, combinations, dances, and performance technique. Musical instruments, rhythms, costumes, and choreography are discussed.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LAB H.Alkhayyat          ARC MAIN PE 235          20236 
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DANCE 305    Hawaiian Dance I    1 Unit

Course Family:
Cultural Dance
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the basic components of Hawaiian dance within its traditional context. It provides an opportunity to study the history, origin, and cultural importance of hula. Topics include: basic Hawaiian vocabulary for dance and the creation of floral adornments. This course is for students with little or no experience in Hawaiian dance.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LAB T.Simoni             ARC MAIN PE 235          18715 Textbook


DANCE 307    Hawaiian Dance II    1 Unit

Course Family:
Cultural Dance
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 305 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course offers further study of Hawaiian dance within its traditional context. It continues the basic hula technique begun in DANCE 305 with a more rigorous training approach by adding faster tempos and more complex components. This course includes more intricate footwork, timing, and communication of the steps with the original meanings and historical content intact. The origin, history, and vocabulary of Hawaiian dances are explored with an emphasis on the current cultural importance of hula in a changing Hawaiian population. This course is for students with previous training in Hawaiian dance.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LAB T.Simoni             ARC MAIN PE 235          18716 Textbook


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
Description: This course covers the basic alignment, steps, and technique suitable for beginners in ballet. It provides a foundation in the etiquette, vocabulary, and traditions of classical ballet and allows for certain physical modifications to the turnout that is required in more advanced coursework. Included is a progression of barre exercises designed to develop alignment, strength, range of motion, and balance. This course is for students with little or no ballet training.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          13050 Textbook


DANCE 326    Ballet: Variations and Combinations     2 Units

Course Family:
Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a) (effective Spring 2014); CSU Area E2 (effective Spring 2014)
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 324 or DANCE 325 or by audition.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course utilizes technique and history covered in all previous ballet courses and initiates the process of studying and interpreting ballet variations and combinations. Combinations are newly created and appropriate for each dancer, while performance of variations, traditionally given as a reward for hard work, will be assigned by individual merit and group ability. New vocabulary, variation details, shocking dance history, famous performances, and the ballets that they sprang from are covered. This course may only be taken en pointe by permission and is designed for more experienced dancers.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
M         10:30AM-11:20AM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          18717 Textbook
M         11:30AM-12:35PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235            
W         10:30AM-12:35PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235            


DANCE 340    Ballroom Dance    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballroom Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides a foundation for ballroom dance that includes the etiquette, vocabulary, history, and traditions of ballroom dance. The emphasis is on thoughtful partner work, basic ballroom technique, and basic dances. This course is for students with little or no experience in ballroom dance.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          20010 Textbook
Men register in this section.

F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          20011 Textbook
Women register in this section.


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
Description: This course includes basic urban-style Hip Hop moves with rapid level changes and strong 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 exploration of Freestyle, Old Style, Poppin', Lockin', and Dance Poetry is offered. This course is for students with little or no experience in Hip Hop dance technique.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TTh       07:30PM-08:50PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 12621 Textbook


DANCE 352    Urban Hip Hop II    1 Unit

Course Family:
Hip Hop Technique and Competition
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 351 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course continues the technique and alignment begun in DANCE 351 on a more comprehensive level. It presents rigorous exercises for the development of strength and kinesthetic awareness. It also uses a vocabulary of intricate steps. The focus is on locomotor movements across the floor to improve smooth execution and center combinations to develop hard-hitting percussive styles. This course is for students with some previous urban Hip Hop dance training.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TTh       07:30PM-08:50PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 19589 Textbook


DANCE 353    Urban Hip Hop III    1 Unit

Course Family:
Hip Hop Technique and Competition
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 352 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course builds on the styles and technique studied in DANCE 352. The emphasis is on exercises to encourage strength and agility, developing a dance persona, and on combinations that introduce new styles and increase the degree of difficulty with floor work. This course is for dancers with previous urban Hip Hop dance training.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TTh       07:30PM-08:50PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 20161 Textbook


DANCE 360    Tap Dance I    1 Unit

Course Family:
Tap Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course introduces the basic rhythms, walks, technique, alignment, and footwork of tap dance. It provides a foundation in the history, etiquette, and traditions of tap dance and uses tap dance vocabulary words to focus on step and riff names, their origins and meaning. This course is for students with little or no tap dance training.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       18721 Textbook


DANCE 361    Tap Dance II    1 Unit

Course Family:
Tap Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 360 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course offers an opportunity to continue the study of tap dance with more complex rhythms, new vocabulary, and varied methods of counting. It furthers the basic technique begun in DANCE 360 and instills tap rhythms, walks, alignment for balance, counts, and footwork. This course is for students with some previous tap dance training.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       18722 Textbook


DANCE 362    Tap Dance III    1 Unit

Course Family:
Tap Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 361 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course builds on technique studied in DANCE 361 and includes new vocabulary and steps that refine the ability for quick heel or toe balances as well as new exercises for progress in speed and intricacy of taps. Clarity of sounds and timing will be emphasized. This course requires previous experience in tap dance technique.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       18723 Textbook


DANCE 400    Floor Barre     1 Unit

Course Family:
Foundations of Dance
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 312, 321, or 330 with a grade of "C" or better, or audition.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course builds on the technique for all genres of dance. An understanding of the major muscle groups and their role in dance movement is offered and efficient use of smaller muscles that are heavily relied upon for extension, turn out, and off the ground positions is examined. Dancers are exposed to movement theories, anti-gravity exercises, and imagery explorations that reveal problems of balance, focus, weight distribution, anxiety, and muscle tension. Developing a new sense of relaxed readiness, dance identity, and self image are key areas to be explored. Technique from DANCE 312, 321, and 330 is re-enforced. This course is designed for dancers who are not only willing to address their individual movement problems, but to re-evaluate their physical abilities and goals in dance. Previous dance technique is required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TTh       02:30PM-03:50PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          20148 Textbook


DANCE 406    Introduction to Improvisation    2 Units

Course Family:
Foundations of Dance
Prerequisite: None.
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 312, 320, or 330 with a grade of "C" or better, or audition.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course builds on the technique covered in DANCE 312, DANCE 320, and DANCE 330. It introduces strategies for achieving improvisation without self auditing and utilizes concepts for initiating the impulse to move in any dance style. Dancers work through menus and pre-planned improvisational spring boards towards the complete freedom of dancing in a way that is not preconceived. Confidence is developed through repetition, encouragement, facing the emotional risk, and finding a sense of joy by dancing in the moment. This course is designed for students with a background in dance.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
T         12:00PM-12:50PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          18724 Textbook
T         01:00PM-01:50PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235            
Th        12:00PM-01:50PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235            


DANCE 433    Performance Group: ARCH Dance Company     3 Units

Course Family:
Dance Performance Group
Prerequisite: None.
Enrollment Limitation: Audition
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides performance opportunities based on "classic" short stories, fables, and myths. The emphasis is on communicating the ideas and sentiments of well-known stories through dance. How characters might move to convey who they are and what they want is covered, as well as making transition choices to build the story line through dance. Individual portfolios are stressed and field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        01:30PM-02:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          20308 Textbook
MW        02:30PM-03:50PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235            


DANCE 495    Independent Studies in Dance    1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
Description: Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TBA       TBA             LAB S.Smith               TBA TBA                 13483 
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Fall 2015 Class Schedule

Updated: December 8, 2015