Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 270
Course Title:
Introduction to Choreography
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Course Description

Introduces students to the principles and practice of dance choreography. Emphasis will be placed on: generating movement through improvisation and source exploration; manipulation of movement; choreographic forms; the creation and performance of short movement studies; and dance observation and critique. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

• Understand dance as an art form to be able to discuss dances critically with cite basis for critical comment
• Solve problems creatively both individually as well as in groups through improvisation and peer observation and feedback.
• Work together as a community through peer sharing, discussions, and group projects.
• Create health and well being via physical activity, self-expression, and group interaction.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

• Written critique/review of dance
• Presentation of short studies
• Practical evaluation
• Final showing
Other Outcome Assessment Strategies may include:
• Participation
• Exams
• Quizzes
• Writing/Journal/Notebook

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:
• Solo and ensemble improvisation
• Generating movement
• Space
• Time
• Energy/Effort
• Shape
• Choreographic Forms
• Choreography sources
• Analysis and feedback using observation, interpretation, and
• Rehearsal practices
• Reading dance critique/reviews
• Writing dance critique/reviews
Skills and competencies:
• Demonstrate understanding of improvisational scores
• Demonstrate ability to generate movement via improvisation
• Manipulate movement using aspects of space (level, direction, focus, and pathways/floor pattern)
• Manipulate movement using aspects of time (duration, rhythm, tempo)
• Manipulate movement using aspects of energy/effort (swinging, vibratory, sustained, collapsing, and percussive)
• Differentiate between symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes/design
• Differentiate between positive and negative space
• Demonstrate understanding of different choreographic forms (AB, ABA, Suite, Rondo, Theme and Variation, Narrative, Tableau, Canon, Ground Bass, and Chance)
• Identify and utilized different sources for choreography
• Engage in appropriate rehearsal and performance practices
• Observe and analyze dance using cite basis for critique