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Fall 2014
DANC 101.002 & 101.S01: Dance Appreciation
Swearingen Engineering Center 1C01 (Amoco Hall)
TR 10:05 11:20am

Diane B. McGhee Valle

Adjunct, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of South Carolina
Associate Professor Emerita of Dance, State University of New York, Brockport
Director Emerita of Interdisciplinary Arts, State University of New York, Brockport

Important Contact and Appointment Information:

The best way to contact me is through e-mail, which is mcgheeva@ mailbox.sc.edu. I also welcome
the opportunity to meet with you. Please note that I am teaching this course as an adjunct professor
and have no official office space. Therefore, I can make myself available after class or make special
arrangements to meet with you. The last resort for contact is to call the Dance Program desk located
in the Band Dance Facility; the number is 803-777-5636. If there is someone on duty, a message
may be taken and placed in my mailbox, however, there is no guarantee that I will see it until the
next class period.
Course Syllabus
Course Description
The Dance Appreciation course is designed for students who are not familiar with the study of
dance history and the different dance genres. This course offers an overview of the development of
dance as an art form from primitive and ancient times to the 21st century. Through lectures,
demonstrations, performances, in-class discussions, and videos, the students will explore the
powerful messages and meanings of dance as conveyed through personal, cultural, and artistic
expressions throughout the ages. Particular attention will be given to dance principles, legacies in
dance, various dance styles, and cultural traditions. The course content will feature the historical
role of dance as a force in political power, religious worship, and social order.
Texts and Required Materials:
The primary text for the course is out of print; therefore, chapter readings will be made available on
Blackboard. Look for text readings under the Content course tab or heading.
Jonas, G. (1998). Dancing: The pleasure, power, and art of movement. New York: Harry
N. Abrams.
The secondary text and reference book is:
Ambrosio, L. (2012). Learning about dance: Dance as an art. Iowa: Dubuque Publishing.
You will need notepaper and writing implements for this class. Use a three ring binder to maintain
and organize your notes according to the Jonas book chapters one through eight.
Student Learning Outcomes
Using a variety of learning modalities to analyze, synthesize, and apply the course concepts, each
student will learn and subsequently demonstrate the following understandings through discussion
and successful completion of all assignments, tests, and cumulative exams:

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the elements of dance analysis and technique.

dance as an emblem of personal, cultural, and artistic identity.
the power of dance as an expression of political, cultural, religious, and social order.
dance as effective and meaningful communication.
dance as classical art and cultural tradition.
dance in historical context.
dance genres and associated legacies that developed within specific geographic, social,
cultural, and historic contexts.

the production, artistic processes, and performance aspects of the modern art form.

the evolving development of dance in our contemporary and technological age.

Interpersonal and intrapersonal learning modalities used in this class will include: visual, auditory,
tactile, and kinesthetic experiences. Students will hear lectures, view live and filmed performances,
write about dance, and participate in movement activities.
General Requirements
You are required to attend class regularly, actively participate in class discussions and activities,
successfully complete assignments, tests, and exams.
Attendance Policy

Attendance will be taken every class period. As per the university attendance policy, if you
miss 15% of the course, you will fail the course. Although emergencies may arise, Please be
smart with banking your absences, if any, as one can easily fall behind in an academic onesemester course.

Students are responsible for course work missed for any reason. Keep in mind that any
assignment that is missed because of an excused absence, is due the next class of your
return. An excused absence note (i.e., an absence defined by university policy), should be
attached to your submitted assignment. If you are absent, other students may not be
available to share their notes and the instructor may not be able to make special
arrangements for film viewings or activities based on your personal schedule. Videos/films
are not available for student loan.

In addition to classroom time, students are expected to attend each of three live dance
performances on campus. The dates for these performances are:
1) Nov. 6-7, 20th Century Masterpieces; 7:30pm at the Koger Center for the Arts.
2) Dec. 2-5, Affirmations: A Journey of Life through Dance; 6:00pm at Drayton
Hall Theatre.
3) Dec. 2-5, Wideman/Davis Dance in Concert; 8:00pm at Drayton Hall Theatre.
Your lab fees have covered the costs of your concert tickets for these performances.
Class Policy
Polite and respectful behavior is expected. Please demonstrate consideration toward your fellow
classmates, instructor, and the course content. All electronic devices, yes, that includes cell phones
and computers) must be off and packed under your seat when in the classroom. If you are forgetful
or disrespectful, you will receive one warning. After the first warning, you will be asked to leave the
class for the disruption and will be marked absent for the day. You must have the full class time
dedicated and focused on learning the course material. You will be using notepaper and writing
implements during the class; have these on hand before the start of class.

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Academic Integrity
Assignments and examination work are expected to be the sole effort of the student submitting the
work. Students are expected to follow the University of South Carolina Honor Code and every
instance of a suspected violation will be reported. Students found responsible for violations of the
Code will be subject to academic penalties under the Code in addition to whatever disciplinary
sanctions are applied. Cheating on a test, exam, or copying someone elses assignment, will result in
a 0 for the work and possibly a grade of F in the course. In addition and in accordance with
University Policy, the student will be referred to the University Committee for Academic
Responsibility, which may result in expulsion from the University.
Accommodating Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a
disability and possibly need accommodations to fully participate in this class, contact the Office of
Student Disability Services: 777-6142, TDD 777-6744, email sasds@mailbox.sc.edu, or stop by
LeConte College Room 112A. All accommodations must be approved through the Office of Student
Disability Services. Please let the instructor know in writing if you have any physical disabilities
that may preclude movement activity.
Evaluation of Student Knowledge, Skills, and Understandings
15% Contributions to class learning and success as demonstrated through professional
dispositions*, including attendance, and discussion of knowledge, opinions, and reflections
15% Written homework and assignments, which include performance critiques, outlines, and
reflections on quotes from the reading material
30% Two tests (each worth 15% of your total grade)
40% Two cumulative exams (each worth 20% of your total grade.
There will be two opportunities to earn up to five points extra credit on two tests. Please take
advantage of these opportunities to improve your grade. The instructor will provide details for these
specific assignments. More information is provided later in this syllabus.
Grading Policy
A = 93 - 100; B+ = 89 - 92; B = 82 - 88; C+ = 79 - 81; C = 72 - 68; D+ = 69 - 71; D = 65 - 68;
F = 64 and below

Indicates that the student

consistently demonstrates superior work in fulfillment of course
consistently demonstrates highly excellent work.
consistently demonstrates excellent work.
consistently demonstrates above average work.
consistently demonstrates average work.
consistently demonstrates below average work.
consistently demonstrates unsatisfactory work.
fails to meet minimum course requirements.

* Professional Dispositions Criteria for Coursework

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In this university class, students are expected to demonstrate professional dispositions in all course
work. When these dispositions are not met, the instructor reserves the right to lower a students
grade. These dispositions include:

a positive outlook demonstrated by optimism and enthusiasm.

intellectual integrity (honesty, trustworthiness, fair mindedness in judgment).

empathy for others with respect for cultural, religious, ethnic, class, gender, and racial

self-awareness as shown through sensitivity, reflection, self-actualization, and taking

personal responsibility for tasks.

dedication (persistence, flexibility, generosity, creativity, and patience).

broad mindedness and adventurousness in matters of thinking, including discovery,

integration, and application of knowledge and skills.
Please note: This syllabus, accompanying course topics, and assignment or test dates are subject to
change at the discretion of the instructor.
Planned Sequence of Major Course Topics
Weeks 1 - 4
Dance as personal identity
Dancing Chapter 1: Dance as an emblem of cultural identity, with a focus on clashes between
Why do we dance?
Learning about Dance Chapter 1: An overview of the primitive, ancient, medieval,
Renaissance, and contemporary periods of dance
Dancing Chapter 2: Dance as an expression of religious worship, with a focus on Nigeria and
Choreographic elements and the analysis of human movement language
Learning about Dance Chapter 2: The creative process and choreographic elements
Test #1 (Tues., Sept. 16)
Weeks 5 8
More on movement analysis
Dancing Chapter 3: Dance as an expression of social order and power, with a focus on the royal
courts around the world
Learning about Dance Chapter 3: A dancers training
Dancing Chapter 4: Dance as an expression of cultural mores, with a focus on gender-specific
Learning about Dance Chapter 10: Social dancing
Cumulative Exam #1 (Mid-Term Thurs., Oct. 9)
Weeks 9-12
Dancing Chapter 5: Dance as a classical art, with a focus on ballet in the West and Kabuki in
Learning about Dance Chapter 4: The role of the audience member

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Learning about Dance Chapter 5: Ballet
Stage directions
Basic ballet terms
Learning about Dance Chapter 11: Dance production
Analysis of a ballet production
Dancing Chapter 6: Dance as a medium of cultural fusion, with a focus on the intertwining of
African and European dance traditions in the Americas
Learning about Dance Chapter 9: Jazz, musical theatre and tap
Test #2 (Thurs., Oct. 30)
Weeks 13 - 17
Dancing Chapter 7: Dance as the creation of individual artists, with a focus on the twentieth
century in America
Learning about Dance Chapter 6: Modern dance
Learning about Dance Chapter 7: Improvisation and creative movement
Studies of American dance artists and their masterworks
Summarizing dance in world cultures
Dancing Chapter 8: Dance as an indicator of who we are today and where we are going, with a
focus on electronic media
Cumulative Exam #2 (Final Exam Thurs., Dec. 11)
Details for Homework Assignments
Criteria for Assignments
Unless specifically stated by the instructor, homework must be typed with 1-inch margins and in 12point Times New Roman font. For this class, assignments should utilize single line spacing rather
than the double line spacing. Written work should be free of spelling errors, slang, and demonstrate
correct use of the English language. Assignments must follow the guidelines as described below.
Assignments will receive one lowered grade for each class period that the assignment is late.
Explanation of Regular Assignments
You should expect that all or parts of your assignments may be shared with the class.
Chapter Outlines
For each chapter of the Jonas book, you will outline the chapter information. If you are not familiar
with outlining guidelines, reference the Perdue University Owl website then search for outline
format, and follow the directions. You may choose to use alphanumeric, sentence, or decimal
outline structures; please be consistent with the form for each assignment. The expected length of
the outline is at least three pages per chapter with the exception of Chapter 8, which will be brief.
Your goal should be to include enough chapter details so the outline can serve as a study guide for
tests. Keep your outlines and quotes (see assignment below) in a three ring binder that you bring to
Quotes with Reflections

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For each chapter of the Jonas book, you will select two significant quotes from the reading. On a
single sheet of paper, accurately write each quote with the page number reference and then follow
this with your personal reaction and reflection on that statement (minimum of 225 words for each
quote). This assignment is intended to aid in deepening your understanding of the dance concepts
we are covering in class.
Performance Attendance
Students are expected to attend each of the three live dance performances on campus. The dates are
listed under the section of the syllabus entitled: Attendance Policy. Performance material will be
included on the final exam. You will need to keep you concert programs and submit them in class or
at test time.
Optional Extra Credit
1) Attend the Columbia Greek Festival running September 18-21 at 1931 Sumter Street. You can
experience the Orthodox faith by touring the sanctuary of the new church, experience
discussions on Greek culture, history, and heritage, (presented each hour in the Cultural
Exhibit of the main building), and observe Greek folk dancing on the central square that
begins on Friday evening and runs all day Saturday and Sunday. Your assignment is to
attend the festival, take a selfie near or with a Greek dancer there, and briefly interview a
dancer (or parent of a child dancer). Keep performer/interviewee names anonymous. The
interview should be based on three or more simple questions that are similar to our first inclassroom assignment. Write up your interview questions and answers and include the selfie
on your assignment. The assignment is due September 23 and will count for 5 extra credits
on your Test #1 score. See specific instructions to be posted on Blackboard.
2) Attend the Paul Taylor Dance Company Concert, 7:30pm on Oct. 22 at the Koger Center for
the Arts. Write an analysis of the concert using a dance critique template that will be
provided in class. Depending on the quality of your paper, you may be awarded up to five
extra credit points credited toward your Test #2 score; due: October 21.
Assignments, Tests, Exams, and Performances Dates
Week #


Aug. 26 Due: Dancing Chapter 1 outline

Sept. 2 (for next class, read Dancing Chptr

2 and Learning about Dance Chptr 2)
Sept. 9 28 Due: Dancing Chapter 2 quotes
with reflections
Sept. 16 Test #1
(for next class, read Dancing Chptr 3 and
Learning about Dance Chptr 3)
Sept. 23 Due: Dancing Chapter 3 quotes
with reflections


Aug. 21 (for next class, read Dancing
Chpt 1and Learning about Dance Chptr
Aug. 28 Due: Dancing Chapter 1
quotes with reflections
Sept. 4 Due: Dancing Chapter 2 outline
Sept. 11
Sept. 18 Due: Dancing Chapter 3
Sept. 25 (for next class, read Dancing
Chpt 4 and Learning about Dance Chptr

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(Due: Optional paper and attendance at the

Columbia Greek Festival for up to 5 extra
credit points on test #1)
Sept. 30 Due: Dancing Chapter 4 outline

Oct. 7

Oct. 14 Due: Dancing Chapter 5 outline


Oct. 21 (Due: Optional paper and

attendance at the Paul Taylor Dance
Company Concert for up to 5 extra credit
points on next test)
(for next class read Dancing Chptr 6 and
Learning about Dance Chptr 9)
Oct. 28 Due: Dancing Chapter 6 outline;
optional extra credit toward Test #2 grade
Nov. 4 Voting holiday (no class)


Oct. 2 Due: Dancing Chapter 4 quotes
with reflections
Oct. 9 Mid-Term Exam
(for next class, read Dancing Chpt 5 and
Learning about Dance Chptr 5)
Oct. 16 Due: Dancing Chapter 5 quotes
with reflections
(for next class read Learning about
Dance Chptr 11)

Oct. 30 Due: Dancing Chapter 6 quotes

with reflections. Take Test #2.
Nov. 6 (& 7) In lieu of class, attend the
20th Century Masterpieces Concert,
7:30pm Koger Ctr. for the Arts (bring
program to class on the 11th ; also read
Dancing Chpt 7and Learning about
Dance Chptr 6)Diane is away at a
professional dance conference.
Nov. 13 Due: Dancing Chapter 7 quotes
with reflections
(for next class read Learning about
Dance Chptr 7)
Nov. 20 Due: Dancing Chapter 8 outline


Nov. 11 Due: bring in 20th Century

Masterpieces Program; Dancing Chapter 7


Nov. 18 (for next class read Dancing Chptr

Nov. 25 Due: Dancing Find your own dance Nov. 27 NO CLASS quotes and write reflections
Dec. 2 (3, 4, & 5) In lieu of class, attend
Dec. 4
multiple live performances this week.
Dec. 11 Final Exam (bring in all three
performance programs and three-ring
binder containing outlines and quotes)