District Syllabus
Dance Appreciation

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
This course is designed to give the student a foundation level 
understanding of dance as an art form and its historical and 
cultural significance from ancient times to the present. The course 
serves as an introduction to dance by exploring the various dance 
elements, forms and styles, from ancient and world dance to ballet, 
modern, jazz, theatre and social dance, as well as the importance of 
the roles of the participants. Course will include lectures, video 
presentations, demonstrations, and in-class discussions.  This 
course contains a writing requirement.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Ambrosio. Learning About Dance, 6th ed., Kendall Hunt, 2012. ISBN: 9780757577093
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: To successfully participate in this course, the following technology components are required: Access to a computer with: 1.Hi-Speed Internet Access (required for the viewing of video content); 2.Canvas works with most browsers. Please check the requirements on the Canvas site. 3.Disable pop-up blockers; 4.Java should be installed (most already have it; if not, it’s a free download); 5.Macromedia Flash Player (most already have it; if not, it’s a free download); 6.Word Processing software (Microsoft Word is preferred).
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in this class will:
1.Learn about dance as an art form from its historical roots to its 
aesthetic, cultural and philosophical evolution into present society.
2.Learn the interrelated roles and significance of the 
choreographer, dancer and audience member.
3.Learn to identify and differentiate between each dance genre 
including, but not limited to ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, 
musical theatre, world dance, etc.
4.Discuss the prominent dance personalities past and present, and 
their contribution to the development of ballet, modern dance, jazz, 
tap, musical theatre, etc.
5.Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements that contribute 
to producing a dance concert and the roles within a production crew.
6.Discuss dance in education as well as related careers in the dance 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. Communication: Students will develop effective reading, writing, 
speaking, and observation and
listening skills to communicate verbally and nonverbally on literal 
and figurative levels.
A. Listen and observe actively, partaking in dialogue with civility 
and respect for opposing
B. Use recorded dance works and live demonstrations as a source of 
lifelong learning and

II. Cultural Literacy: Students will develop an appreciation of 
culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 
A. Demonstrate both an awareness of the important function of the 
arts in societies and the
ability of the arts to provide personal satisfaction and to reflect 
history and culture.
B. Appreciate the cultural and individual value of creativity and 

III. Social Skills: Students will develop and use skills and 
attitudes that integrate individuals into
A. Demonstrate appropriate social skills, language, and emotions in 
different situations, showing
respect for others’ opinions.
B. Embody honesty, respectability and integrity by interacting with 
performers and audiences in a polite and courteous manner.

See expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section 
being taught.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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