Dance

Dance performance at West Valley College

Dance Courses

DANC 1: Ballet – Beginning Level 1

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an introduction to the discipline, aesthetics, traditions, and historical background of classical ballet at a beginning level. Previous ballet experience is not required at this level. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 2: Ballet – Beginning Level 2

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is the second course in the beginning level ballet sequence, designed to introduce the discipline, aesthetics, traditions, and historical background of classical ballet. An emphasis is placed on exploring the historical court dance forms of the Renaissance through the contemporary era. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 3: Ballet – Intermediate

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: DANC 2

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of the discipline, aesthetic traditions and historical background of classical ballet at the intermediate level, building upon skills learned in DANC 001 and 002. New skills include pirouettes, sissone en pointe and turn combinations such as pique, soutenu, and chaines. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 4: Ballet – Advanced Level 4

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

TThis course provides students the opportunity to develop advanced level skills in the discipline of ballet. This course focuses on perfecting technique and developing advanced level performance skills. Topics include grand adage combinations, and petite allegro and grand allegro combinations. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 5: Dance Workshop

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work intensively on their technique and performance skills in a specific dance area.

DANC 6: Dance Intensive

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed to provide intermediate to advanced dance students an opportunity to expand and develop their technical skills, style, and performance technique in a specific area of dance such as jazz, modern, tap, ballet, flamenco, or ballroom. Dance techniques are intended to build strength, flexibility, and control. Rhythmic responses to music are emphasized along with the cultural history of the dance form and related terminology. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 7: Choreography

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students an overview of the field of choreography and a study of the elements of dance composition as related to a specific form of dance, such as Jazz, Modern, Ballet, and Tap, based on individual student need. Emphasis is placed on creating masks, costumes, and props. Students participate in a community and college performance. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 8: Rehearsal and Performance in Dance

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students an opportunity to rehearse and perform dances in an informal setting at the college and at various locations in the community. Emphasis is on group participation in all areas of dance production. The course includes dance warm-ups, techniques, choreography, group and solo rehearsals, and performances. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 11: Jazz Dance – Beginning Level 1

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed to introduce the student to the medium of jazz dance through exposure to jazz dance history, technique, style, improvisations, and composition. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 12: Jazz Dance – Beginning Level 2

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 11

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

In this second level introductory course to jazz dance, the emphasis is placed on isolation, locomotive, and syncopated techniques and rhythms. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 13: Jazz Dance – Intermediate

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 12

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to increase skill and knowledge in the various theories, styles, and techniques of the jazz idiom at the intermediate level, building upon skills learned in DANC 11 and 12. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 14: Jazz Dance – Advanced

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 13

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This advanced level course is designed to further increase the student’s skill and understanding in the varied theories, styles and techniques of the jazz idiom. Skills include increased vocabulary levels in lyrical and contemporary Jazz such as multiple turns, variety of leaps, coordinated isolations, and longer and more intricate combinations which challenge the advanced dancer. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 21: Modern Dance – Beginning Level 1

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is a course for students who want an introduction to modern dance. It provides the knowledge and practice necessary for gaining skills and experience in modern dance technique. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 22: Modern Dance – Beginning Level 2

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 21

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain skills and techniques in modern dance for the beginning level 2 dance student. Emphasis is on developing techniques of contraction and release, falls and recovery, and includes a focus on quality of movement. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 23: Modern Dance – Intermediate

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 22

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain modern dance skills and techniques at the intermediate level, focusing on force, space, and rhythm. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 24: Modern Dance – Advanced

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 23

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course for advanced level modern dance students is designed to further increase the student’s skill in modern dance technique. This course provides students the opportunity to gain increased insight into modern dance and further develop the body as an instrument for communication and includes movement phrases with complex arabesque, jumps and sissone. Advanced level skills include split leaps, turns and leaps into rolls that travel, axial movements, falls and recoveries into jumps, turns and inversions. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 41: Ballroom and Latin Dance: Beginning

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on beginning Ballroom and Latin dance techniques and performance. Beginning level steps and performance techniques from Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Paso Doble, Night Club 2-Step, and current popular dances are covered. Individuals are encouraged to attend. A partner is not required. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 42: Ballroom and Latin Dance – Intermediate

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 41

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on intermediate Ballroom and Latin dance techniques and performance. Emphasis is placed on styling and musical interpretation. Intermediate level steps consisting of additional performance techniques from the Tango, Waltz, Quick Step, International Rumba, Paso Doble, Chacha, Samba, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Night Club 2-Step, and West Coast Swing are covered. Individuals are encouraged to attend. A partner is not required. Pass/No Pass Option Paso Doble, Cha-Cha, Samba, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Night Club 2- Step, and West Coast Swing are covered. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 43: Ballroom and Latin Dance – Advanced

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: DANC 42

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on advanced ballroom and Latin dance techniques and performance. Full bronze and silver syllabus steps and performance techniques from Argentine Tango, Tango, International Waltz, American Rumba, International Cha-Cha, International Foxtrot, Samba and other currently popular dances are covered. Individuals are encouraged to attend. A partner is not required. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 44: Lindy Hop and Swing

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

SThis course focuses on steps, patterns, style, and music for Swing and Lindy Hop dances which were popular during WWI and WWII. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 51A: World Dance – Flamenco of Spain, Beginning

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

TThis course is designed to introduce the student to the movements of Flamenco Dance, its music, and its origins. This course covers the flamenco dance of Spain and its theatrical dance forms. The course also covers flamenco’s folkloric influences which include the dance cultures of the East Indians, the Moors, and the Andalusians. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 51B: World Dance – Flamenco of Spain, Intermediate

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to explore intermediate flamenco dance techniques, such as techniques to coordinate pasada when dancing as a couple. The course also explores the intersection of flamenco dance with poetry, music, and guitar. Previous flamenco dance experience is recommended. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 60: Studio Dance Production

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides dance students with an opportunity to develop the technical skills necessary to produce dance programs in a studio theater. Students are given an opportunity to choreograph dances in their area of emphasis, as well as design costumes, makeup, and lighting for a performance in a studio theater. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 61: Dance in America – A Cultural Perspective

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines dance as a cultural expression in the USA. The course explores a range of dance forms with a focus on their social, political and religious significance. The course also considers the creative process and expression of the contemporary choreographer. Pass/No Pass Option

DANC 61H: Honors Dance in America – A Cultural Perspective

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course examines dance as a cultural expression in the USA, and explores and analyzes the influence of indigenous and world dance forms including their social, political, economic, and religious significance. The course also considers the creative process and expression of the contemporary choreographer. Pass/No Pass Option

Dance Specialist Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Dance Specialist provides students an opportunity for a career in dance as a performer, choreographer, or instructor. Unique job opportunities include dance studio instructor, teaching assistant, children’s dance instructor, community and musical theater, and group exercise instructor. Students will gain proficiency in leadership, communication, performance awareness, and artistic techniques. The main goal of the program is to prepare students for employment in dance and theater. Demonstrate proficiency as a dance instructor or performer in one dance form. After completing the 12 unit Certificate of Achievement in Dance Specialist, students are prepared to enter a professional work environment in one or more of the following careers: choreographer, dance studio instructor, dance teaching assistant, children’s dance instructor, performer, and group exercise instructor. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this certificate program.

Required Core Courses (4 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 61 Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective 3 units
  OR  
DANC 61H Honors Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective 3 units
DANC 7 Choreography 1 unit

Technique Classes (6 units)

Choose 6 units of technique classes, 4 units of which are at the Intermediate level or above.

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 1 Ballet – Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 2 Ballet – Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 3 Ballet – Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 4 Ballet – Advanced 1 unit
DANC 11 Jazz Dance – Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 12 Jazz Dance – Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 13 Jazz Dance – Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 14 Jazz Dance – Advanced 1 unit
DANC 21 Modern Dance – Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 22 Modern Dance – Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 23 Modern Dance – Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 24 Modern Dance – Advanced 1 unit
DANC 41 Ballroom and Latin Dance – Beginning 1 unit
DANC 42 Ballroom and Latin Dance – Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 43 Ballroom Dance – Advanced 1 unit
DANC 51A The Flamenco Dance of Spain – Beginning 1 unit
DANC 51B The Flamenco Dance of Spain – Intermediate 1 unit

Electives (2 units)

Choose 2 units from the following courses.

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 6 Dance Intensive 1 unit
DANC 8 Rehearsal and Performance in Dance 1 unit
DANC 60 Studio Dance Production 1 unit

Total Certificate Units: 12 units

Last Updated 8/1/19