Spring 2015 Class Schedule (ARC)



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DANCE 310    Jazz Dance I    1 Unit

Course Family:
Jazz 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 covers the concepts of beginning alignment, simple balance, single turns, and basic technique for jazz dance. It provides a foundation in the basic steps, vocabulary, history, and traditions of various jazz dance styles. The focus is on small group dances that use space in a full-out and presentational style. This course is for students without previous dance training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       06:00PM-07:20PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 13163 Textbook


DANCE 312    Jazz Dance II    1 Unit

Course Family:
Jazz Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 310 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course continues to refine the basic skills begun in DANCE 310 and further instills proper alignment and technique for jazz dance. This course offers students an opportunity to explore new learning styles through the continued study of jazz dance with more complex rhythms, new vocabulary, varied methods of counting, and new spatial problems to be solved. This course is for students with some previous jazz dance training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       06:00PM-07:20PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 13725 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          13960 Textbook


DANCE 321    Ballet II    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 320 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course reinforces the foundation begun in DANCE 320 and offers an opportunity to perfect basic steps while introducing new combinations at the barre. The origins and purpose of ballet are introduced, along with new vocabulary words, more complex barre combinations and more intricate steps across the floor. The emphasis is on balance, using plie, and extending range of motion. This course is for students with some basic ballet training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          14115 Textbook


DANCE 322    Ballet III    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 321 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course refines the technique begun in DANCE 321 and introduces more complex steps, new vocabulary, and longer, more difficult combinations. The emphasis is on technique for vertical jumps, multiple turns, and higher extensions with focus also on the continued development of strength. This course is for students with previous ballet training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          14114 Textbook


DANCE 323    Ballet IV    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 322 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course continues the study of ballet begun in DANCE 322, focusing on concepts for improved technique, better balance, and stronger placement for the upper body. Allegro and adagio combinations are introduced and warm ups are designed to prepare for more difficult center work. This course is for students with previous ballet training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          13858 Textbook


DANCE 342    Ballroom Dance III: Club Dancing    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballroom Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 341 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course continues the foundation in alignment, etiquette, and ballroom dance styles begun in DANCE 341. It allows for more advanced study and builds confidence and ability in competitive forms of ballroom. The focus is on the execution of those dances known as Club Dances in the competitive ballroom field. These dances introduce showmanship and require more skill, better timing, and specific use of non-verbal communication. This course is designed for students with ballroom dance experience.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          19266 Textbook
Women register in this section.

F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          19267 Textbook
Men 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       07:30PM-08:50PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 19482 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       07:30PM-08:50PM LAB C.Lam                Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 13726 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       13284 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       14202 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       13861 Textbook


DANCE 390    Contemporary Dance I    1 Unit

Course Family:
Contemporary Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 310, 320, and 330 with a grade of "C" or better, or audition.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course builds upon the technique covered in DANCE 310, 320, and 330. Abilities drawn from jazz, ballet, and modern dance are required to pursue this new integrated style. Dancers select and merge three dance techniques and incorporate the vocabulary of gestural movement and non-verbal communication. Development of smooth transitions and learning to use dance steps and elements to communicate an emotional state or story line. This course is intended for students with a knowledge of ballet, modern, and jazz dance technique.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19271 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, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19270 Textbook


DANCE 401    Pre-Pointe and Conditioning    1 Unit

Course Family:
Foundations of Dance
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 321, 322, 323, 324, or 325, with a grade of "C" or better, or audition.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the technique and conditioning for dancing on pointe and combined with DANCE 322,323, 324, or 325, builds the strength needed for pointe work. The emphasis is on insuring that the strength and structure of the body is appropriate for pointe work. The course can be taken on flat to increase balance, strength, and alignment for ballet. It is designed for serious students of ballet with previous and on-going ballet training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19272 Textbook


DANCE 417    Dance Production: Studio and Stage    3 Units

Course Family:
Dance Composition and Production
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a)
Enrollment Limitation: Audition
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course is a lecture-demo and production group and is designed for dancers with performance proficiency in several styles of dance. There is an emphasis on public contact with several different performance space configurations and settings. It provides for an opportunity to choreograph, perform, and convert a dance production into three or more different kinds of space configurations. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        01:30PM-02:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19273 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, Jan 17-May 20
TBA       TBA             LAB S.Smith               TBA TBA                 19834 
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DANCE 498    Work Experience in Dance    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better; OR placement through assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); AA/AS Area III(a)
Enrollment Limitation: Be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity or job related to dance. Students are advised to consult with the Dance Department faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
Description: This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of dance. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to fulfill a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. The weekly orientation is required for first time participants, returning participants are not required to attend the orientation but are required to meet with the instructor as needed to complete all program forms and assignments. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
M         04:00PM-04:50PM LAB S.Smith               TBA TBA                 13394 
Textbook

Spring 2015 Class Schedule

Updated: May 5, 2015