Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 211
Course Title:
Dance Performance
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Course Description

Offers practical experience in dance rehearsal and performance with a varying focus each term. Provides experience in production elements of dance performance as well as the opportunity to expand understanding of the choreographic process through research, presentation, and community interaction. Prerequisites: WR 115 and D 131B or D 191B or D 151 or D 230A or D 230B or D 290A or D 290B or D 252 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Organize and deliver verbal and non-verbal messages for effective audience reception and retention.
  • Engage the imagination through dance performance to explore new possibilities.
  • Appraise own skills and abilities, through feedback, to improve future performance.
  • Engage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through dance performance.
  • Apply production elements as they relate to dance rehearsals and performances.

Course Activities and Design

Warm up
Review choreography (or structure)
Introduce and/or create new choreography (or movement material)
Apply feedback to improve performance
Observation and discussion
Journaling or notes may be used

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Performance Review/Critique
Other assessment strategies may include:
Assistance with rehearsal and/or production
Research paper
Research presentation
Choreographer interview
Choreography showing

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Develop productive rehearsal and performance techniques
Contribute to rehearsal and performance process
Choreographing or developing material from a source/focus
Gain skills in collaboration and interpersonal communication
Manipulation or adaptation of choreographic material
Recording and applying feedback to improve performance
Rehearsal preparation and focus
Sound cues and musicality (when appropriate)
Memorization of staging, cueing, entrances and exits
Communication of choreographic intent
Care of costumes and props
Apply specific hair and make-up requirements
Engage in appropriate offstage and dressing room behavior