Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 260
Course Title:
Dance Improvisation
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Course Description

Introduces beginning skills in dance improvisation through the exploration of structured and open improvisations, scores, games, and group observation and discussion. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Use improvisational skills to foster creativity, spontaneity, and interpersonal communication.
2. Maintain health and wellbeing via physical activity and group interaction.

Course Activities and Design

Warm up
Introduction or review of new concept
Exploration of new concept via games and open and/or structured improvisations
Observation and discussion

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Participation
  2. Creation and performance of group or solo score

Other assessment to include one of the following:

  1. Group or solo performance
  2. Research paper/project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Exploration of different movement choices
  • Ensemble work
  • Solo work
  • Structured improvisation working with a score
  • Open improvisations
  • Peer observation and feedback
  • Class discussion