DNCA-221: College Dance Company I

Liberal Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
College Dance Company 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
Admission by audition each term
Catalog Course Description

This is the first of four semesters of College Dance Company, providing opportunities to perform in a wide variety of genres and venues with different choreographers. Dance forms performed include, but are not limited to, classical, modern, jazz, tap, ballroom and Latin. In addition, HFC Full Circle Dance Company students have an opportunity to attend dance festivals, master classes, professional dance company concerts, and to have their choreography presented. Two or more performances of a final concert are scheduled on campus as well as other performances, both on and off campus. This course is open to college students and high school juniors and seniors by audition and interview. New dance students may audition in one of several scheduled group auditions or may schedule an individual audition with the director. A strong dance background is required.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To successfully complete a schedule of performances with a variety of choreographers, dance styles and venues.

Core Course Topics
  1. Choreography
    • Illustrate quick and accurate reading of all given, composed movement material.
  2. Choreographic Interpretation/Performance Presence
    • Execute movement, illustrating clear intent of various choreographers and adapting to their individual approach and style of movement.
    • Illustrate performance and stage presence through maintaining character, creating nuances, and focus in all movement material and dances.
  3. Choreographic Contribution
    • Compose motifs, phrases or sections individually from a given task.*
  4. Student choreography
    • Read, execute and successfully perform student choreography.
    • Set efficiently and effectively choreography on other students. (Optional composition and inclusion through student choreography auditions.)
  5. Production
    • Prepare and perform given tasks for all aspects of production.
  6. Team Spirit
    • Demonstrate contributing and volunteering to help classmates with movement material.
    • Illustrate working/rehearsing together without instructor guidance, when necessary.
  7. Class Preparedness
    • Illustrate all previously given movement material with correct technique and performance readiness.
  8. Performances
    • Illustrate modeling self disciplined behavior through attendance of all classes, pre-scheduled rehearsals and performances with punctuality, full preparedness and performance skill and presence.
  9. Log
    • Evaluate student, faculty and guest choreography.*
    • Self critique performances of all dances.*
    • Evaluate peer performances.*
    • Analyze choreographer's intent for character interpretation.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Class work: Illustrate quick and accurate reading of all given, composed movement material.
  2. Assignment: Log notes from choreographers, other rehearsing students, director's comments. Graded performance: Execute performance with choreographer's intent along with nuanced, focused character, wherever appropriate.
  3. Assignment and class work: Prepare and illustrate composed movement material, given a task or problem to solve.
  4. Class work: Perform learned student choreography and/or illustrate efficient and effective teaching of composed student pieces.
  5. Assignments: Prepare and perform all given tasks in and outside of class for all aspects of production.
  6. Class work: Illustrate helping classmates where needed and working in rehearsal without guidance.
  7. Class work: Illustrate all previously given movement material with technique and performance readiness.
  8. Performance and class work Illustrate performance preparedness through hard work, consistent attendance and punctuality, and self reliance.
  9. Record all evaluation and criticism in ongoing log, throughout the course.


Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date