Santa Clara University

Theatre and Dance department
 

Theatre -Lower Division Courses


7. Improv
Designed for majors and nonmajors, Improv seeks to expand the participant's capability for spontaneity, flexibility of thought, creativity, communication and teamwork through the use of theatre games and specifically structured improvisation exercises. No previous acting experience is necessary for this course. Every level of performer or non-performer will have something to contribute and learn from this experience. Topics such as the impact of status on relationships, non-verbal communications, staying positive, building on ideas offered by others, and developing narratives will be explored throughout this class. (4 units)

8. Acting for Non-Majors
Through standard theatre games, exercises, monologues, and scenes, students will explore, via Stanislavski's "method of physical action" basic principles of the acting craft. (4 units)

9. Defining the Performing Artist
Being in tune as a performing artist means being aware of the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Topics include discussion of professional resumes, head shots, auditions, and career choices. Also, the implications of being a performing artist, body image and awareness, self-esteem, lifestyle/health choices, nutrition and diet, and stress management strategies. (4 units)

10. Introduction to Theatre Arts
Creating a show: basic performance and production skills leading to theatrical presentation. Recommended for fulfillment of Fine Arts requirement for nonmajors. (4 units)

11A. and 12A. Cultures & Ideas I and 2
 
A two course sequence focusing on a major theme in human experience and culture over a significant period of time. Courses emphasize either broad global interconnections or the construction of Western culture in global context. Courses may address creativity and the use of space, the performing arts as reflections and constructions of culture, and other topics. Successful completion of C&I I (THTR 11A) is a prerequisite for C&I II (THTR 12A). (4 units each quarter)



14. Chicana/o and Native American Theatre
An exploration of Chicana/o and Native American plays, artists, and companies in the 20th and 21st centuries. Includes analyses of cultural, economic, political and gender issues as articulated through the lens of theatre. (4 units)



20. Acting I
Required for majors and minors in Theatre and Dance. Foundation of the acting curriculum; this course uses improvisation, theatre games, scenes, and monologues, to explore Stanislavski’s "method of physical action." Priority given to Theatre Arts Majors. (4 units)

21. Voice I: Voice, Speech, and Presentation Skills
Using physical exercises, breath work, speech, and resonance exercises, students will expand their knowledge of the mechanics of speech and increase their vocal potential and health onstage or in any public speaking environment. Required for theatre emphasis majors. Priority given to theatre arts majors/minors. (4 units)

22. Voice II: Voice and Dialect Studies
Building on the skill sets obtained in Voice I, students will continue to deepen the application of their physical and vocal strengthening exercises as well as add the skill of dialect studies. Students will learn to research and reproduce, in truthful detail, at least four major dialects used on the stage and screen. Combined with vocal flexibility work, student will apply their dialect research to pieces of text or scenes. Prerequisite: THTR 21. (4 units)

24. Acting II
Building on the skills acquired in Acting I the student will apply the concepts of "objective and action" to scripted material. Students will rehearse and perform scenes from plays by American playwrights bringing foundation skills to physical life. Prerequisite: THTR 20. (4 units)

28. Theatre to Go
The development and production of a 40 to 45 minute play from various genres. Topics may include children's theatre, Shakespeare, social justice, and documentary theatre. Plays will be taken out into the community for performance. Projects may be extended into a second quarter in which case students may re-enroll for additional units. (2 units)

29. Rehearsal and Performance
Active participation in the preparation and performance of departmental productions as actors, assistants to the director, dancers, and choreographers. Individual design/technical assignments. Prerequisite: Approval of director of production. May be repeated for a total of 8 units. (2 units)

30. Introduction to Design
Explores the role of design as a part of the production process. The course includes a study of the elements and principles of design as they apply to scenic, lighting, and costume design. Also included: design development and the role of each designer in the production. (4 units)

31. Introduction to Production
Overview of the organization, concepts, terminology, and skills involved in technical theatre. (4 units)

32. Costume Construction
Introduction to making costumes: fabric/textile studies, sewing techniques, dying and ornamentation, and costume crafts. (4 units)

33. Stage Lighting
Principles and practice. Color, instrumentation, basic electricity, and electronics. Elementary design theory and practice. (4 units)

35. Technology and Theatre
An introduction to computer applications as an aid to design, problem solving, and management in theatre. (4 units)

36. Scene Painting
Introduction into the styles, techniques, and application of scenic art as it relates to the theatre. This includes color theory, light and shadow, and the interpreting of a painter's elevation and/or scenic research for the stage. Projects include wood graining, stone, marble, and foliage. Enrollment in upper division of Scene Painting (THTR 136) is based on completion of the lower division or skill level of the student. The advanced level will deal with historical Trompe'L'Oeil and Grisaille techniques of painting when painting architectural reliefs, fabric/drapery and ornamentation. Offered in alternate years. (4 units)

37. Graphics and Rendering for Theatre Design
Introduction to graphic representation. Drafting, mechanical perspective, freehand drawing, isometrics, white model development, painter’s elevation, rendering, and portfolio presentation. Offered in alternate years. (4 units)

38. Makeup for Stage
Basic Principles of makeup for the stage. Youth, old age, and special problems. (2 units)

39. Production Workshop
Training in development of technical skills for stage production. Directed work in scenery and costume construction, lighting, sound, and stage management. May be repeated for a total of 8 units. Not applicable to paid work hours or to laboratory hours connected with stagecraft courses. (2 units)





41. Theatre History I
First in a three course sequence exploring the development of Western theatre as an art form and complex social institution. Theatre History I begins in prehistory, considering various theories that try to account for the origin of theatre and continues with a study of texts and performance practices of ancient Greece, Republican and Imperial Rome, and Medieval Europe. (4 units)

42. Theatre History II

Second in a three course sequence exploring the development of Western theatre as an art form and complex social institution. Theatre History II begins with the transition from pre-modern to modern theatrical practice, and involves studying Western texts and performance practices of the 16th, 17th, and 18th-centuries. (4 units)

43. Theatre History III
Third in a three course sequence exploring the development of Western theatre as an art form and complex social institution. Theatre History III begins with the Romantic movement and involves studying Western texts and performance practices of the 19th, 20th, and 21th-centuries. (4 units)

44. Modern American Theatre History: Censorship, Arts Funding, and Theatre Unions
Relationship between the theatre arts and society. Through the study of significant cultural history as well as theatre literature, tackles important social justice issues involving censorship, arts funding, theatre unions, and the shaping of American values. (4 units)

65. Drama of Diversity
Addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality through the lens of American theatre from several groups outside the dominant culture, including, but not limited to, works from the Asian American, Chicana/o, African American, Native American, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) perspective. Also listed as ETHN 65. (4 units)

66. People's Theatre
Understanding and appreciation of a form of theatre called People's Theatre, a type of theatre and a process of creating a play based on interviewing marginalized people to gain perspective on social justice issues that are of concern to them. Students will have a hands-on experience of creating a short people's theatre piece and having it performed as a reading in front of an audience. (4 units)

68. Special Topics: Playwrights' Workshop
Workshop focuses on the development of a script or performance piece centered on a particular chosen theme. May include research, interviews, improve, and script development. (4 units)


80. Musical Theatre Production Workshop
Gives students the opportunity to perform in a musical theatre production workshop that covers the study of songs and scenes from a wide variety of musicals. The class presents an original cabaret performance at the end of the quarter. Offered in Alternate years. Prerequisites for majors and minors: THTR 20, THTR 21, or MUSC 34, DANC 40 or 46. (4 units)

 

 

Theatre -Upper Division Courses


110. Medieval Theatre
Course considers the range of theatrical activity in Western Europe during the Medieval period (c. 500-1500 CE). Considers historical documents, play texts, and secondary sources in its aim to discover how Medieval theatrical performances both revealed and constructed the culture of the Middle Ages. (5 units)

111. British Drama I
Study of British drama. Authors vary each term. Focus may be on periods, movements, themes, or issues. May be taken more than once when topics differ. Also listed as ENGL 113. (5 units)

112. Topics in Theatre and Drama prior to 1700
Course topics include: Medieval Drama, Commedia Dell'Arte, Elizabethan and Restoration Drama, Classic Drama East and West. Also listed as ENGL 112A. (5 units)

113. Topics in Theatre and Drama after 1700
Course topics include: Neo-Classic Drama, 19th-Century American Theatre. Also listed as ENGL 112B. (5 units)

116. Shakespeare' Tragedies
An exploration of the great tragedies of Shakespeare's maturity: Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear, with special attention to the theatrical, religious, moral, gender, and political dimensions of Shakespeare's tragedies. Also listed as ENGL 116. (5 units)

117. Shakespeare's Comedies
An exploration of a selected number of Shakespeare's comedies from his early, middle, and late periods, with particular attention to the social and gender roles of men and women. Also listed as ENGL 117. (5 units)

118. Shakespeare's Studies
An exploration of a selection of Shakespeare's plays with particular attention to an important topic chosen for focus as specified in the course description sub title - for example Shakespeare and Classical traditions, Shakespeare and Gender, Shakespeare and Justice, Shakespeare's Histories, Shakespeare's Tragicomedies, Shakespeare and film. May be taken more than once for credit when topics differ. Also listed as ENGL 118. For course description see ENGL 118. (5 units)

120. Acting Styles I: Shakespeare
Techniques for performing the works of William Shakespeare and other Elizabethan playwrights. Students will learn scansion and perform sonnets, monologues, and scenes from plays. Prerequisites: THTR 20, THTR 21, DANC 46 (THTR 24 and THTR 26 recommended). Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

122. Acting Styles II: Acting for the Camera
Specific techniques of acting in commercials, television, industrials, and film. Students will perform scenes in front of the camera to achieve understanding of the differences and similarities of acting in this media. Students may also learn editing and shooting. Prerequisites: THTR 20, THTR 21, DANC 46, THTR 24. (5 units)

123. Acting Styles III: Musical Theatre
Focus on the techniques and skills of the acting interpretation of the lyrics and songs of musical numbers from musicals, cabarets, and other forms of musical theatre. Prerequisites for majors: THTR 20, THTR 21, DANC 46 (THTR 26, THTR 24, DANC 40 recommended); prerequisites for musical theatre minors: THTR 20 (DANC 40 and MUSC 34 recommended). Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

124. Acting Styles IV: Scene Study with Dialects
Building on the skill sets obtained in Voice I and Acting I or II, students will continue to deepen the application of their acting and vocal techniques in the study of texts which require a region-specific sound. Students will learn to research and reproduce at least four major dialects used on the stage and screen. Combined with vocal flexibility work, students will apply their dialect research to at least four different monologues or scenes. Prerequisites: THTR 21, and THTR 20 or 24. (5 units)

125. Acting Styles V: Special Topics
A Scene study course that may include auditioning, specific playwrights, or styles - Chekhov, Ibsen, Greek, Absurdist, Brecht, Meisner, or other styles depending on departmental needs or instructor expertise. Prerequisites: THTR 20 and approval of the coordinator of the acting program. (5 units)

128. Theatre to Go
For course description see THTR 28. (2 units)

129. Rehearsal and Performance
For course description see THTR 29. (2 units)


130. Technical Design
The design process: adapting scenic elevations to building scenery. Transformation of scene designs to carpenter drawings; standard building methods, stage machinery solutions, and budget-regulated design options. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

131. Sound Design
Principles of sound in theatre production. Emphasis on practical applications and equipment use; digital and automation sound theories. Prerequisite: Theatre 30 or equivalent. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

132. Lighting Design
Application of lighting skills to production design. Prerequisite: Theatre 33 or equivalent. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

133. Scene Design
Application of graphic skills to scenic design. Styles, scene painting technique, set décor. Prerequisite: Theatre 37 or equivalent. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

134. Costume Design
Principles of costume design for the stage. Application of design elements to convey character and production concepts. Period research, style, and rendering techniques. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

136. Scene Painting
For course description see THTR 36. (5 units)

137. Pattern Drafting and Draping
Drafting and draping techniques for a basic bodice, skirt, sleeve, and collars, and techniques for developing variations. Emphasis on drafting period garments. Prerequisite: Theatre 32 or permission of instructor. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

138. Production Management
Designed to acquaint students with the complexities of managing productions from the audition process to final performance. Directing, lighting, scenic production, sound, cueing, budgets, and personnel management are aspects that will be touched upon in class. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

139. Production Workshop
For course description see THTR 39. (2 units)

151. Fashion, Politics, and issues of Gender
Historical exploration of fashion not merely as a matter of personal taste, but as a sight for examining the interconnections among power, politics, gender, and ethnicity. The course will consider the role of fashion in constructing gender and ethnic identities, social and political structures, and fomenting revolution. Offered in alternate years. (5 units)

161. American Theatre from the Black Perspective
An exploration of the contributions Black artists have made to enrich the American theatre as playwrights, actors, and directors. Also listed as ENGL 192. (5 units)

165. History of Musical Theatre
A cultural look at musical theatre as an American art form, which has its roots in vaudeville, burlesque, and minstrel shows. (5 units)

167. Gender and Performance
This course will explore issues of gender and sexuality as they are performed in theatre, music, dance, and contemporary performance art. (5 units)

168. Special Topics: Playwrights' Workshop
Workshop focuses on the development of a script or performance piece centered on a particular chosen theme. May include research, interviews, improve, and script development. (5 units)

170. Playwriting
Critical analysis of dramatic structure for the playwright. Scenarios, character studies, writing of original plays. Also listed as ENGL 193. (5 units)

171. Advanced Playwriting
Continuation of THTR 170. Also listed as ENGL 194. (5 units)

172. Literature and Performance
Adapting literature (poems, novels, short stories, diaries, etc.) for the stage, and writing complete scripts for the performance and production. Theories of both narrative and dramatic structures. Also listed as ENGL 109. (5 units)

173. Screenwriting
An introduction to the fundamentals and format of screenplay writing. Critical analysis of characterization and narrative structure in contemporary movies, as well as workshops in the writing of film treatments, outlines, and scripts. May be repeated for credit. Also listed as ENGL 173. Prerequisite: ENGL 71 or permission of the instructor. (5 units)

180. Musical Theatre Production Workshop
For course description see THTR 80. (5 units)

181. Classical Tragedy
Representative works of the principal Greek tragic playwrights: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Features of the tragic genre, its origins, and the conventions of its performance. At the discretion of the instructor, may include satyr drama and/or the Roman Tragedy of Seneca. Satisfies Core Curriculum Third Writing requirement. Also listed as CLAS 181 and ENGL 110. (5 units)

182. Classical Comedy
An exploration of various styles of and approaches to humor in the ancient Greek and Roman world, chiefly as seen through the genre of satyr, drama, Greek old and new comedy, and Roman comedy. At the discretion of the instructor, may include satire, spoof literature, and invective. Satisfies Core Curriculum Third Writing Requirement. Also listed as CLAS 182 and ENGL 111. (5 units)

185. Dramaturgy
Play analysis in the context of theatrical genres and historic period cultures.
Also listed as ENGL 195. (5 units)

186. Stage Directing
Basic course in the problems, techniques, and theory of directing plays for the live theatre. Prerequisites: Theatre 20 and 185. (5 units)

187. Seminar in Theatre and Dance before 1700
Topics include: Medieval Religious Drama and Performance, Shakespeare Seminar, and Antitheatricalism. Can be repeated for credit as topic varies. (5 units)

189. Seminar in Theatre and Dance after 1700
Topics include: The Theatre of Stephen Sondheim, Asian Drama, and the works of August Wilson. Can be repeated for credit as topic varies. (5 units)

190. New Playwrights' Festival
In this workshop course we will engage with the process of moving a play from "page to the stage." Students will first engage in a series of generative and analytic dramaturgical exercises. Then, working with student actors and directors in a collaborative rehearsal period, students will interact with their play in motion, gaining information of further entry into the work. The class culminates in a festival of staged readings. (5 units)

194. Peer Educator in Theatre
Students will assist instructiors in theatre classes. Prerequisite: Mandatory training workshop. (5 units)

195. Senior Project: Design/Technical
Students serve as designers for sets, costumes, lights, or sound, or as technical directors for a departmental production. Prerequisite: Approval of design faculty. (5 units)

196. Senior Project: Directing
Project in directing a short or one-act play with public performance. Work with lighting, costume, and sound designers. Prerequisites: THTR 20, 30, 138, 185, 186; PERF 11, 12, 13. Successful completion of stage crew assignments which includes: run crew for two departmental productions, and stage manager for a one act play or departmental play. Permission of instructor. (5 units)

197. Senior Thesis
A senior thesis in history/literature/dramaturgy. The thesis would be written for the advisor in consultation with other committee members. Upon completion of the thesis, an oral defense will take place before a selected committee. Prerequisite: Faculty approval. (5 units)

198. Practicum
Reserved for projects with recognized institutions outside the University. Prerequisite: Written proposal must be approved by instructor and department chair one week prior to registration. (1-5 units)

199. Independent Study/Directed Reading/Directed Research
Two areas of directed study: creative projects in directing, choreography, technical production, design, playwriting, administration, or directed reading and/or research. Prerequisite: Written proposal must be approved by the instructor and department chair one week prior to registration. (2-5 units)

 

 

 

Dance -Lower Division Courses

 

4.  The Physics of Dance
Explores the connection between the art of dance and the science of motion with both lecture/discussion sessions and movement laboratories.  Topics to include: mass, force, equilibrium, acceleration, energy, momentum, torque, rotation and angular momentum. Movement laboratory will combine personal experience of movement with scientific measurements and analysis, in other words: "dance it" – "measure it."  This is a lab science course, not a dance technique course.  Also listed as PHYS 4.  (4 units)

29. Rehearsal and Performance
Active participation in the preparation and performance of departmental productions as actors, assistants to the director, dancers, and choreographers. Individual design/technical assignments. Prerequisite: Approval of director of production. May be repeated for a total of 8 units. (2 units)

38. Movement for Athletes
Focuses on flexibility, agility, body awareness, and strength building. Class exercises will draw from Pilate's core strengthening mat work, introductory ballet barre, and center work to enhance balance and coordination. (2 units)

40. Jazz Dance I
Introductory course in jazz dance with no previous training required. Introduces body isolation, rhythmic awareness, movement coordination, and jazz styles through performance of dance combinations. (2 units)

41. Jazz Dance II
Continuation of jazz fundamentals introduced in DANC 40 with emphasis on learning and retaining longer combinations. (2 units)

42. Jazz Dance III
Continued study of jazz dance at an intermediate level with emphasis on technique, flexibility, balance, control, muscle tone, and retaining long combinations in a variety of jazz styles. Students choreograph final projects.
(4 units)

43. Ballet I
Introductory course in ballet with no previous training required. Develops individual strength, flexibility, and coordination through classical ballet technique. Includes barre and floor combinations. (2 units)

44. Ballet II
Continuation of ballet fundamentals introduced in DANC 43 with emphasis on discipline, coordination, and developing practical performing skills in classical ballet technique. Includes barre and floor combinations. (2 units)

45. Ballet III
Continued study of ballet at intermediate level, encouraging technical and performing proficiency. Focus on correct alignment and developing artistic expression. Includes barre exercises and intermediate-level floor combinations. (4 units)

46. Modern Dance I
Introductory course in modern dance with no pervious training required. Introduces the expressive potential of dance through modern dance technique. Emphasis on flexibility, strength, and alignment practiced through standing and floor exercises. Movement improvisation explores qualities of motion. (2 units)

47. Modern Dance II
Continuation of modern fundamentals introduced in DANC 46 with emphasis on technique, flexibility, coordination, and creativity. (2 units)

48. Modern Dance III
Continued study of modern dance at an intermediate level. Emphasis on release techniques, rhythmic precision, and spatial principles through extended combinations and movement improvisation. (4 units)

49. Dance Composition
Traditional approaches to compositional problems of form and design, time and rhythm, energy flow and force in dance as art form. (4 units)

50. Tap I
Introductory course in tap dance with no previous training required. Develops better coordination, rhythm, and timing. Strengthens the feet and legs. You will be learning basic tap terminology and steps. (2 units)

51. Tap II
Continuation of tap fundamentals introduced in DANC 50. A series of regulated and controlled rhythmical movements of the body, accompanied by music, which develops a sense of rhythm and coordination. Learn tap steps and apply them to the art of performance. (2 units)

52. Afro-Haitian Dance
Introductory course in Afro-Haitian dance with no previous training required. This is a basic technique class that introduces the subtleties of the dance, proper body placement, and the rhythmic structure between the dance and the music. Offered in alternate years. (2 units)

54. Mexican Folklorico Dance
Introductory course in Mexican folklorico dance with no previous training required. Course introduces steps and moves from various regional forms of dance from Mexico including Azteca, Quebradita, Danzon, and Salsa Mexican style; plus a very structured form of exercise for footwork called "tecnica" drills to enable the dancer to pick up more intricate and challenging material. Offered in alternate years. (2 units)

55. Musical Theatre Dance Styles
Exploration of musical theatre dance styles. Based on jazz technique, it will consist of warm-ups, basic dance steps, and combinations from musical theatre. Offered in alternate years. (4 units)

56. Pilates Private Instruction
Pilates is the latest technology for conditioning the human body. Pilates is excellent for building a deep internal strength and an integrated, aligned body for anyone with an active lifestyle, as well as injury prevention and recovery. One-on -one Pilates instruction using the Reformer and other apparatus. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (1 unit)

57. Children's Dance Production
The development and production of creative dances designed for children K-12 (lower or higher grades in alternate years). Focus on improvisation and sharing the art of dance through interactive performance. Touring production. (2 units)

58. Pilates Mat Class
Pilates mat classes, based on the pioneering work of Joseph Pilates, are designed to condition the body.  Mat classes focus on alignment and breathing.  Strengthens the core of the body while freeing-up the joints to aid in flexibility, improving posture, and all around quality of life. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (2 units)

59. Teaching the Performing Arts
Immersion course in artistic process practices, principles, pedagogies, and public policy. This course covers the fundamentals of teaching dance theatre, music, and art to children in public and private settings with a focus on marginalized communities, and is important preparation for any student considering teaching at any point in his/her career. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (4 units)

60.  Kinesiology
Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of human motion.  Develops a thorough knowledge of human anatomy, specifically the skeletal and muscular systems, and explores the effects of gravity on the moving body.  Classwork will involve both text and laboratory based learning.  (4 units)

61. Charisma
Charisma is a student directed, faculty mentored exploration of spirituality, as revealed through the performing arts. Students begin this process in retreat, dedicating time throughout fall quarter for reflection and discovery through their collective creative work. Charisma culminates in early winter quarter performances. Prerequisite: Auditions are held the preceding spring quarter. (2 units)

62.  African-American Dance History
Exploration of African-American dance's contribution to U.S. culture from slavery through the present. How minstrel stereotypes, jazz dance sources, black concert dance, and hip-hop reflect racial and social realities in America. Offered in alternate years.  (4 units)

65. Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance and Video
Includes extensive integration of video technologies and dance. The mixed-level technique class focuses on alignment, flexibility, strength, complex rhythms, and music interpretation with some improvisation and composition opportunities. Work with digital cameras, learn the basics of lighting, shooting techniques, storyboarding, projections, streaming video to the Web, and how to best document dance on videos. (2-4 units)

66. Women in Dance History
Introduction to significant European and American women dance artists from the 1830s to the present with a focus on their achievements as dancers, choreographers, critics, and scholars within their social context. This class will view dance through feminist theoretical perspectives to address issues of power, agency, and personal expression in ballet, modern, jazz, and ethnic dance forms. Offered in alternate years. Also listed as WGST 62. (4 units)

67. Dance History
Survey of Western concert dance that explores the Italian and French origins of ballet through the 20th century emergence of modern and jazzz dance and culminates with the new directions of postmodern dance late in the century. Investigates the key contributing artists, significant developments, and overall growth of dance as a performing art integrated into the changing society to which it belongs. (4 units)



68. Cultures on the Move: Theatre and Dance as Dialogue of Transition
Explores the historical circumstances of migration to the United States by populations and cultures from West Africa and China as well as the Cherokee nation within the United States. Focuses on how performance traditions, expecially dance, functioned to process the inevitable conflicts, struggles, and ultimate transformations into blended cultures. Considers the legacy and current vitality of these cultural migrations in the present. (4 units)



69. Walk Across California
This course will create learning experiences that draw upon interactions with the diverse California human and natural environments by walking across California from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park immediately following spring quarter. Both written and aesthetic reflections through varioius art forms will enhance students understanding of human and environmental sustainability and social injustices in contemporary society. The class will nurture a "sense of wonder" and focus on sustainablitity, environmental justice, and social activism addresssed through scheduled talks with community members including farmers, activists, teachers, parkrangers, artists, shop owners, and Native Americans. (4 units)

 

 

 

Dance -Upper Division Courses

 

129. Rehearsal and Performance
For course description, see DANC 29. (2 units)

138. Movement for Athletes
For course description see DANC 29. (2 units)

140. Advanced Ballet I
Advanced level study of classical ballet with focus on American and European styles. Includes ballet barre exercises, center adagio and allegro combinations at intermediate/advanced level. (5 units)

141. Advanced Ballet II
Continuation of DANC 140. (5 units)

142. Advanced Jazz Dance I
Builds from an assumed intermediate level of jazz dance technique. Emphasis on personal style and performance techniques in advanced jazz dance combinations. (5 units)

143. Choreography
Emphasis on the creative process, dynamics, phrasing, and thematic development through choreographing and performing an original group dance. Exploration of aesthetic and stylistic approaches to choreography. Prerequisite: Dance 49 or equivalent. (5 units)

145. Advanced Jazz Dance II
Continuation of Dance 142. Emphasis on learning longer warm-ups, combinations, and adagio work. Opportunity to create your own choreography, and learn technique of teaching fellow students. (5 units)

146. Advanced Modern Dance I
Intermediate/advanced level study of modern dance technique. Emphasis on release principles, breath control, phrasing, clarity of line, and movement qualities. Improvisation and extended combinations develop performance commitment. (5 units)

147. Advanced Modern Dance II
Continuation of DANC 146. Emphasis, through improvisation and combinations, on the temporal component of dance: rhythm, tempo, time signatures, and polyrhythms. (5 units)

148. Advanced Modern Dance III
Continuation of DANC 146 and 147. Focus on modern dance styles: lyrical, classical, eclectic, and pedestrian. Emphasis on developing a clear, personal performance style and movement analysis skills. (5 units)

149. Dance Outreach
A performance of original creative student work which performs both on and off campus as a representative of the department. Certain outreach venues will be coordinated with the Arrupe Center. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (2-5 units)

155. Musical Theatre Dance Styles
For course description see DANC 55. (5 units)

156. Pilates Private Instruction
For course description see DANC 56. (1 unit)

157. Children's Dance Production
For course description see DANC 57. (2 units)

158.  Pilates Mat Class
For course description see DANC 58.  (2 units)

159. Teaching the Performing Arts
For course description see DANC 59. (5 units)


161. Charisma
For course description see DANC 61. (2 units)

162.  African-American Dance History
For course description see DANC 62.  (5 units)

165. Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance and Video
For course description see DANC 65. (2-5 units)

166. Women in Dance History
For course description see DANC 66. (5 units)

169. Walk Across California
For course description see DANC 69. (5 units)

189. Social Justice and the Arts
Explores dynamics of dance and theatre in the context of social justice in local, national, and international settings. The course will host visiting guest artists and include off-campus experiences. This is a research and discovery opportunity. May be repeated once for credit with permission of instructor. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (5 units)

193. Senior Project: Dance
A recital for Theatre majors, with dance emphasis, showcasing their performance abilities. Prerequisite: Approval of dance faculty. (5 units)

194. Peer Educator in Dance
Students will assist instructors in dance classes. Prerequisite: Approval of dance faculty. (1-2 units)

198. Dance Practicum
Reserved for projects/internships with recognized institutions outside of the University. Prerequisite: Written proposal must be approved by the instructor and the department chair one week prior to registration. (1-5 units)

199. Independent Study
Various areas of directed study: creative projects in directing, choreography, technical production, design, playwriting, administration, teaching assistants, focused participation in special project, or directed reading and/or research. Prerequisite: Written proposal must be approved by the instructor and department chair one week prior to registration. (2–5 units)