Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 251
Course Title:
Dance Appreciation
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Course Description

Develops an awareness and appreciation of dance in its artistic, social, historical, and cultural contexts. Considers aspects of dance as cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic expression, exploring origins and the related roles of the dancer, choreographer, and spectator. Offers a variety of experiences, including the viewing of dance in live and recorded formats, reading about dance, discussing dance, and hearing from guest experts. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

 Identify the artistic, social, historical, and cultural contexts of dance in order to appreciate 
dance as an integral part of our lives. 
 Determine the aesthetic and artistic value of dance using a model of observation, 
interpretation, and evaluation. 
 Recognize artistic movements in history as they relate to social and political themes of the 
same time period.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written Reviews/Critiques
Final Exam
Other outcome assessment strategies may include:
Creative Project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Dance and society
Basic elements of choreography: Space, Time, Energy, Shape,
Choreographic Forms and Choreographic Sources
Observing and discussing dance using observation, interpretation, and
Reading dance critique/reviews
Readings from dance history
Ballet: from court dances to Diaghilev's Ballet Russes
New Dance and Early Modern Dance
Modern Dance
Post-Modern Dance
Contemporary Trends in Choreography
Viewing live and recorded dance
Guest lectures
Demonstrate understanding of different functions of dance in society
Analyze dance using basic elements of choreography
Critique dance performance with basis for criticism
Write about dance using a model of observation, interpretation, and evaluation
Identify prominent choreographers, dancers, and other important figures from dance history
Differentiate between different styles of dance as well as different periods
Discuss dance performances, assigned readings, and information covered in lectures
Apply skills of observation, interpretation, and evaluation in looking at other art forms
Gain a basic understanding of technical and theatrical elements used in performance such as lighting, sets, props, costumes, technology, etc.
Recognize artistic movements in history as they relate to social and political themes of the same time period