DNCA-1521: Intermediate Modern Dance I

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate Modern Dance I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Provides students with continued applied study of modern dance technique based on skill level, supplemented by instruction in modern dance history, current choreographers and companies, terminology and the principles of time, space, and energy. The course provides students the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of modern dance. Learning activities physical practice, observation, discussion, reading and writing to cultivate a kinesthetic, aesthetic, and intellectual understanding of modern dance.

Classroom physical practice will focus on anatomically correct body alignment, awareness of the body in space, musicality, strength, stamina, and flexibility. Care of the body and conditioning for dance is also emphasized.

The modern dance work for Intermediate Modern Dance I is suitable for students starting to work on their intermediate modern dance knowledge and skill set. Intermediate Modern Dance II and III provides an opportunity for students to continue the development of their modern dance movement and expression skills. Student’s will continue their academic growth through immersion in history, choreography, terminology and dance principles.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
  1. Develop more complex skills and combinations of ballet movement beyond the beginning level and to condition their body in preparation for more advanced level work.
  2. Provide students with a knowledge-based immersion in Modern Dance history, vocabulary, events, and performance.
  3. Prepare students for audition and entrance into four year dance programs.
  4. Provide transferable technique course credit.
Core Course Topics
  1. Anatomical Alignment

    Explain musculoskeletal structure and its relationship to movement and energy in the body. Execute movement with connectivity and coordination of the parts to the whole.

  2. Dancer Conditioning

    Show personal progression and demonstrate increased individual capacity of physical strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility.

  3. Modern Dance Technique

    Show personal progression of the integration of alignment, conditioning, musicality, and use of energy to execute intermediate Modern movement combinations and phrases.

  4. Musicality / Rhythmic Sensitivity

    Sustain accurate rhythm, dynamics, accents, and musicality with movement vocabulary, combinations, and phrases. Adjust to a variety of music.

  5. Modern Dance Vocabulary

    Identify and apply Modern Dance terminology.

  6. Improvisation and Choreography

    Show the relationship of improvised movement to composition of movement phrases and choreography. Compose movement phrases through improvisation and movement manipulation as a soloist, with a partner or in a small group.

  7. Modern Dance History / Current Events / Performance

    Analyze historical and current events and performance in Modern Dance through interpretative reading, writing, observation, and discussion.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include but not be limited to written, oral, or movement exams to identify modern dance and skeletal and muscular terminology. Movement exams include the demonstration of intermediate skill levels in technique, performance, and musicality. Interpretative reading and writing assignments and interactive discussion will be used to assess academic achievement.


The Dancer Prepares-Modern Dance for Beginners, 5th ed., Penrod and Plastino


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022