Spring 2017 Class Schedule (ARC)



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DANCE 302    African Dance    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 basic movement from African and West African styles of dance. Afro-Haitian and Afro-Caribbean styles may also be included, as well as an investigation of the Dunham technique and process of African dance. It includes beginning level warmup, across the floor movement, and center combinations to varied drum rhythms. No previous dance experience is required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
TTh       03:00PM-04:20PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          20036 Textbook
TTh       03:00PM-04:20PM LAB N.Manker             ARC MAIN PE 235          20036 Textbook


DANCE 317    Jazz Dance VII: Lyrical Jazz     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 combines the techniques of jazz dance and ballet. It emphasizes a fusion of styles that includes percussive and sustained qualities, utilizing both to achieve control in on-balance movement and relinquishing control in off-balance, falling, and dynamic loss of balance movement. Technique for controlled slipping to the floor and sustained support movement from the floor is developed and reinforced through imagery and strength building. Fulcrum and momentum theories for balance are also explored. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19730 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 14-May 17
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          12233 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 14-May 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          12323 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 14-May 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          12192 Textbook


DANCE 324    Ballet V    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballet Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 323 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 technique begun in DANCE 323 and promotes greater learning by offering a wider variety of steps, new vocabulary, more difficult barre, turns, leaps, historical information, and the introduction of basic partner dances. This course is designed for students with previous ballet technique and experience.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          20037 Textbook


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, Jan 14-May 17
F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          13092 Textbook
Women register in this section.

F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          13093 Textbook
Men register in this section.


DANCE 341    Ballroom Dance II    1 Unit

Course Family:
Ballroom Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2 (effective Fall 2013)
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 340 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course furthers the study of ballroom dance technique begun in DANCE 340 and emphasizes swift execution and new partnering concepts. It includes more complex movement and introduces the potential for improvisation. It also refines the basic skills and builds on them to allow for a greater understanding of ballroom dance forms. This course is designed for students with some experience in ballroom dance.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          13094 Textbook
Women register in this section.

F         10:00AM-01:05PM LAB P.Zimny              ARC MAIN PE 235          13095 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 14-May 17
TTh       06:00PM-07:20PM LAB N.Manker             Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 12630 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 14-May 17
TTh       06:00PM-07:20PM LAB N.Manker             Off Campus Natomas/Ik C142 12139 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 14-May 17
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       13447 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 14-May 17
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       13448 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 14-May 17
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       13449 Textbook


DANCE 363    Tap Dance IV    1 Unit

Course Family:
Tap Dance Technique
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 362 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 tap dance technique provided in DANCE 362. It furthers instruction with more sounds to each step and introduces the concepts of origin for tap dance. The emphasis is on Irish-based tap and the relaxation of the upper body during performance. This course is designed for students with a background in tap dance technique.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LAB K.Bailey             ARC MAIN GYM STAGE       20216 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 14-May 17
MW        04:30PM-05:50PM LAB S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19731 Textbook


DANCE 403    Choreographic Studies    2 Units

Course Family:
Foundations of Dance
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area C1; CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: DANCE 402 with a grade of "C" or better or by audition.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course furthers the study of choreographic elements begun in DANCE 402. It allows for the study of choreography from an artistic, historical, and personal perspective and encourages students of choreography to mature by providing deeper source materials and less predictable solutions. The emphasis is on imitation and exploration that may uncover inner layers of untapped movement and gesture, including the study of selected influential choreographers and their work. This course is for students with previous dance and choreography training.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
T         12:00PM-12:50PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19732 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 416    Dance Production: Choreography and Costumes    3 Units

Course Family:
Dance Composition and Production
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides an opportunity to perform with an emphasis on production technique for dance. Choreography for production and costuming for the choreography are covered as well as how to communicate choreographic ideas and costuming goals. Technique is presented through historical study and choreographic necessity. Production problems in choreography are analyzed for multiple solutions, and safe rehearsals, and performances. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
MW        01:30PM-02:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN PE 235          19734 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 14-May 17
TBA       TBA             LAB S.Smith               TBA TBA                 12719 
Textbook

Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Updated: May 5, 2017