Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 261
Course Title:
Dance Improvisation
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Course Description

Continues to develop skills in dance improvisation through the exploration of structured and open improvisations, scores, games, and group observation and discussion. Prerequisites: D 260. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Use improvisational skills to foster creativity, spontaneity, and interpersonal communicationEngage in and appreciate different forms of artistic expression through dance improvisationPromote health and wellbeing via physical activity (dance), self-expression, and group interactionCritically analyze feedback to improve dance performance

Course Activities and Design

Warm upIntroduction or review of new conceptExploration of new concept via games and open and/or structured improvisationsObservation and discussionMay include journaling

Outcome Assessment Strategies

ParticipationCreation of a group or solo scoreAND one of the following:Group or solo performanceResearch paper/project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Exploration of different movement choicesEnsemble workSolo workStructured improvisations working from a scoreOpen improvisationsSite-specific improvisationsContact improvisationIncorporating language, sound, and/or textPeer observation and feedbackClass discussion