Academic Catalogs

Dance (DANC)

DANC G1002 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Modern Dance 1 - Beginning  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Formerly: Modern Dance 1. This course provides instruction and practice in fundamental modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition and promotes the development of an understanding and appreciation of modern dance as an art form. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G100

    DANC G1013 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    Viewing Dance  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    This course is an introduction to contemporary dance theatre through viewing dance films and performances. The historical development of dance from ritual to contemporary forms will be primarily discussed in relation to Western-based genres of dance, such as, ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. Students will view associated dance works and discuss relevant components. Students will be required to attend a live performance and submit a critique. Discussions and assignments will address social and psychological concerns, sexuality, race, gender, and aesthetics as they come into play within the art form of dance. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G101

      DANC G1051 Unit (18 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
      Strength and Stretch  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      Formerly: Dance Conditioning and Stretches. This course provides instruction and practice in fundamental stretching techniques, strength conditioning and correction of body alignment. Students will learn stretch combinations on the floor, with partners and at the ballet barre. There will be discussions of anatomical theories and exercises leading to correct body alignment. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. UC credit limitations This course, plus any PE Activity Courses combined: maximum credit 4 units.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G105

        DANC G1061 Unit (18 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
        Strength and Stretch 2 - Intermediate  
        Advisory: DANC G105.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

        Formerly: Dance Conditioning, Intermediate. This course provides instruction and practice in intermediate level dance conditioning techniques, which includes Pilates training, Hatha yoga, gyrokinesis yoga, ballet floor barre and fitness training techniques. There will be discussion of nutrition and anatomical theories leading to correct body alignment. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. UC credit limitations: This course, plus any PE Activity Courses combined: maximum credit 4 units

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G106

          DANC G1081 Unit (18 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
          Pilates and Barre for Dancers  
          Advisory: DANC G105 or DANC G106 or instructor permission.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          This course is for the intermediate/advanced dancer to create a better understanding and application of the exercise principles, theory, and history of the Pilates method with classical ballet barre and is designed to improve and enhance dance technique and performance. This course will include training for dancers in Pilates principles, terminology, alignment, breath, strength and flexibility exercises. injury prevention, endurance and kinesiological awareness along with elements from classical ballet barre including plié, petite battement tendu, dégagé, rond de jambe, fondu, développé, grande battement, barre stretch in all positions and basic ballet terminology. Elements from Pilates may include but are not limited to mat work, ball, magic circle, theraband, foam roller and reformer. Proper breathing techniques will be emphasized. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G108

            DANC G1121 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
            Ballroom Dance  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

            A course designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals and various styles of ballroom dancing. There will be an introduction and overview to smooth, Latin, swing, and various dances. The basics and variations of dances to be taught may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle. The course overview is intended to cover the basic footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics of the dances taught. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G112

              DANC G1131 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
              Ballroom Dance 2 - Beginning  
              Prerequisite(s): DANC G112 or instructor permission.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              This course is designed for students with some experience in ballroom dance and/or to further the study of ballroom dance begun in DANC G112. The course will provide a review of ballroom dance styles including but not limited to smooth, Latin, swing, and various dances. The course will emphasize more complex ballroom dance and partnering techniques. The course is designed to further the understanding of ballroom dance forms while enhancing appropriate level footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics. Dances to be introduced and practiced may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G113

                DANC G1152 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                Tap Dance 1 - Beginning  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                Formerly: Beginning Tap Dance. This course is designed to develop beginning tap dance techniques. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G115

                  DANC G1191 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                  Hip Hop Dance  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  This course is designed to introduce and instruct students in various styles of hip hop dance such as breaking, freestyle, locking, popping and other evolving contemporary dance forms at the beginning/intermediate level. Course overview is intended to cover the basic footwork, variations, styling, rhythms and timing. Instruction might also include additional hip hop techniques such as street dance, B-boying and improvisation. Course is designed for the student with little or no previous hip hop dance instruction. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G119

                    DANC G1202 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                    Ballet 1 - Beginning  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                    Formerly: Ballet 1. Instruction and practice in fundamental ballet techniques and correct use of ballet terminology at a beginning level. Students will learn basic alignment, warm-ups, barre work, centre floor adagio and allegro dance combinations. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G120

                      DANC G1252 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                      Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning  

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                      Formerly: Jazz Dance 1. This course provides instruction and practice in the techniques and styles of jazz dance. It is a course designed to develop jazz dance techniques using resource and movement materials. Experience in the creation, development and performance of jazz dance using jazz and rock music as the accompaniment. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G125

                        DANC G1302 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                        Dance For Musical Theater  

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                        This course is designed to acquaint the students with basic dance movements and techniques for musical stage productions. Students will learn choreography from famous stage and film musicals. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G130

                          DANC G1350.5,1 Units (9, 18 lecture hours; 9, 18 lab hours)  
                          Mid-Eastern Dance  

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                          This is a technique course emphasizing the social and stage dances from the region designated as the Near and Middle East. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G135

                            DANC G1360.5,1 Units (9, 18 lecture hours; 9, 18 lab hours)  
                            Intermediate/Advanced Mid-Eastern Dance  
                            Advisory: DANC G135.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                            This is a technique course emphasizing the social and stage dances from the region designated as the Near and Middle East which incorporates choreography, improvisation, movement, vocabulary, styling, veil work, and finger cymbal playing. Instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels is offered. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G136

                              DANC G1452 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                              Modern Dance 2 - Intermediate  
                              Prerequisite(s): DANC G100 or permission of instructor.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                              Formerly: Intermediate Modern Dance. This course provides instruction and practice in intermediate level modern dance technique including modern dance warm-up exercises and combinations choreographed to live and recorded accompaniment. Students will have the opportunity to improvise and choreograph their own modern dance studies at an intermediate level. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G145

                                DANC G1502 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                Tap Dance 2 - Intermediate  

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                Formerly: Rhythm Tap Styles. Instruction and practice in intermediate tap dance techniques. A thorough study of many rhythms and tempos, using tap sounds as the medium for the composition. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G150

                                  DANC G1552 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                  Ballet 2 - Intermediate  
                                  Prerequisite(s): DANC G120 or permission of instructor.

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                  Formerly: Intermediate Ballet. Instruction and practice in intermediate ballet techniques. Classroom participation in barre work, complex centre practice and intermediate adagio and allegro ballet combinations. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G155

                                    DANC G1602 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                    Contemporary Dance Styles  
                                    Advisory: DANC G125.

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                    Formerly: Commercial Dance Styles. Instruction and practice in intermediate jazz exercise techniques, jazz dance combinations, and complete jazz dances choreographed to jazz, rock and musical theater music. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G160

                                      DANC G2002 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                      Modern Dance 3 - Advanced  
                                      Prerequisite(s): DANC G145 or permission of instructor.

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                      Formerly: Advanced Modern Dance. Instruction and practice in advanced level modern dance techniques, theory, improvisation and composition. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G200

                                        DANC G2012 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                        Modern Dance 4 - Professional  
                                        Prerequisite(s): DANC G200 or permission of instructor.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                        This course provides modern dance instruction and practice as a continuation of Modern Dance 3 - Advanced Level, with emphasis on professional level modern dance technique, theory, improvisation and composition. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G201

                                          DANC G2121 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                          Ballroom Dance 3 - Intermediate  
                                          Prerequisite(s): DANC G113 or instructor permission.

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                          A course designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals and various styles of ballroom dancing at an intermediate level. Dances to be taught may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle at an intermediate level. The course will cover intermediate level footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics. Student is expected to be at intermediate level for smooth, Latin, swing, and variety dances. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G212

                                            DANC G2131 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                            Ballroom Dance 4 - Advanced  
                                            Prerequisite(s): DANC G212 or instructor permission.

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                            This course will further the study of ballroom dance begun in previous levels of ballroom dance instruction with emphasis on the complex structure and styles of advanced level ballroom dancing. This course will cover footwork, variations, styling, rhythm, timing, lead-follow, and dance characteristics of the advanced level dance styles taught. The advanced level ballroom dance styles to be demonstrated and taught may include but are not limited to Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Tango, Swing, Polka, Salsa, Country, Two Step, Cajun, and Hustle. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G213

                                              DANC G2152 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                              Tap Dance 3 - Advanced  
                                              Prerequisite(s): DANC G150 or permission of instructor.

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                              Formerly: Advanced Tap Dance. This course is a complete study in advanced tap techniques in both rhythm & Broadway tap styles. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G215

                                                DANC G2191 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                                Hip Hop Dance 2  
                                                Prerequisite(s): DANC G119 or instructor permission.

                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                This course will further the study of Hip Hop dance at the intermediate/advanced level. Emphasis will be on vocabulary, footwork, technical skills, styling and rhythms found in various styles of Hip Hop dance including but not limited to breaking, locking, popping, freestyle/improvisation, street dance and B-boying. Students will learn and create Hip Hop choreography in preparation for auditions and/or performance. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G219

                                                  DANC G2202 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                                  Ballet 3 - Advanced  

                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                  Formerly: Advanced Ballet. Advanced level ballet techniques. Classroom participation in barre work, complex centre practice and advanced adagio and allegro combinations. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G220

                                                    DANC G2252 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                                    Jazz Dance 2 - Advanced  

                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                    Formerly: Advanced Jazz Dance. Instruction and practice in advanced jazz dance techniques. Students will learn jazz warm-up exercises, jazz combinations and complete dances choreographed to jazz, rock, and musical theater music. Current styles, staging, and composition of jazz dances will be included. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G225

                                                      DANC G2302 Units (21 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                                      Choreography  

                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                      Instruction and practice of the elements of dance and the theories of choreography. Students will improvise and choreograph their own solo and group studies. There will be a variety of performance opportunities. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition is held at the first class meetings each semester. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G230

                                                        DANC G2312 Units (21 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                                        Choreography 2 - Intermediate/Advanced  
                                                        Prerequisite(s): DANC G230 or instructor permission.

                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                        This course continues the study of the art of making dances. Instruction and practice of the elements of dance and the theories of choreography will be at the intermediate/advanced level and will continue to emphasize the elements of dance choreography composition: space, shape, time and energy. Students will improvise and choreograph solo and group compositions at the intermediate/advanced level while enjoying a variety of performance opportunities. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G231

                                                          DANC G2352 Units (18 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                                          Modern Dance Ensemble  

                                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                          A course designed for the dance student to learn new or previously choreographed modern dance works. These dances will be learned in their entirety and perfected to performance level. Students will perform the work at public performances during the semester. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until auditions at the first class meetings. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G235

                                                            DANC G2401,2 Units (9, 18 lecture hours; 27, 54 lab hours)  
                                                            Tap Dance Ensemble  

                                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                            A performance group for the advanced tap dancer. Students will learn and perfect several new or previously choreographed tap works. Students will be expected to perform publicly during the semester. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G240

                                                              DANC G2451,2 Units (9, 18 lecture hours; 27, 54 lab hours)  
                                                              Performance Ensemble  

                                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                              A performance group for the intermediate and advanced dancer. Students will learn and perfect several new or previously choreographed works. Students will be expected to perform publicly during the semester. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until auditions at the first class meetings. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G245

                                                                DANC G2501,2 Units (18, 36 lecture hours; 18, 36 lab hours)  
                                                                Studio Production And Performance  
                                                                Prerequisite(s): Retention based upon successful audition.
                                                                Co-requisite(s): DANC G145 or DANC G150 or DANC G155 or DANC G160.

                                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                This course will focus on the creative and production aspects of running a dance ensemble for the purpose of community outreach and performance. The course will allow continuing opportunities for students interested in producing original choreography and performing in the dance studio at GWC, on the GWC Mainstage and elsewhere in the community at a beginning level. Students will be provided performance opportunities and experiences required for management of a dance company. All aspects of dance concert production are studied including choreography, lighting, costuming, publicity, music, scenery design, special effects and staging. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until auditions at the first class meetings. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G250

                                                                  DANC G2511,2 Units (18, 36 lecture hours; 18, 36 lab hours)  
                                                                  Studio Production and Performance 2  
                                                                  Prerequisite(s): DANC G230 or DANC G250 or instructor permission.

                                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                  This course will further the study of the creative and production aspects of running a dance ensemble for the purpose of community outreach and performance. This course is designed to allow continuing opportunities for students interested in producing original choreography and performing in the dance studio at GWC, on the GWC Mainstage and elsewhere in the community at an intermediate/advanced level. Students will be provided performance opportunities and experiences required for management of a dance company. All aspects of dance concert production are studied including choreography, lighting, costuming, publicity, music, scenery design, special effects and staging. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until auditions at the first class meetings. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G251

                                                                    DANC G2552 Units (27 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                                                    Ballet 4 - Professional  
                                                                    Prerequisite(s): DANC G220 or permission of instructor.

                                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                    This course provides professional-level ballet technique for barre, centre combinations, and adagio and allegro combinations. Advanced comprehension of ballet terminology, musical rhythms and ballet history will be emphasized. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G255

                                                                      DANC G2602,3 Units (18, 27 lecture hours; 54, 81 lab hours)  
                                                                      Dance Production And Performance  

                                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                                      A course designed to prepare students for the creation and performance of dance with all the aspects of the dance production, i.e., choreography, lighting, costuming and music. Practical experience is obtained through college and community dance performances such as the annual student dance concert in the Golden West College Theater. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meetings. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G260

                                                                        DANC G2612,3 Units (18, 27 lecture hours; 54, 81 lab hours)  
                                                                        Dance Production and Performance 2  
                                                                        Prerequisite(s): DANC G260.

                                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                        This course continues students creation and performance of live concert dance at the intermediate/advanced level. All the aspects of dance production, including choreography, music and technical elements such as lighting, costuming, sound, special effects and set design will be emphasized. Practical experience is obtained through college and community dance performances including student dance concerts in the Golden West College Mainstage Theater. Placement by audition only. Enrollment not accepted until audition at the first class meeting. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DANC G261