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Courses

DANCE G100 - 1-1.5 Units
Modern Dance 1

This course provides instruction and practice in fundamental modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition. Development of an understanding and appreciation of modern dance as an art form. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G101 - 3 Units
Viewing Dance

“Viewing Dance” 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. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G105 - 1 Unit
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G106 - 1 Unit
Dance Conditioning, Intermediate

Advisories: Dance G105
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DANCE G110 - 1.5 Units
Introduction to Dance: Ballet, Modern and Jazz

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic dance techniques of modern dance, jazz dance and ballet. Recommended for students without recent dance experience. Recommended as a course to be taken preceding Dance G100, G120 or G125. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G112 - 0.5-1 Units
Ballroom Dance

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 variety 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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G115 - 1 Unit
Beginning Tap Dance

This course provides instruction and practice in beginning tap techniques. The course will include an analysis of basic skills in tap dance movement and its relationship to the musical accompaniment. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G120 - 1-1.5 Units
Ballet 1

Instruction and practice in fundamental ballet techniques. Students will learn basic alignment, warm-ups, barre work, enter floor adage, and allegro dance combinations including discussions on ballet terminology. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G125 - 1-1.5 Units
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G130 - 1 Unit
Dance for Musical Theater

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G135 - 0.5-1 Units
Mid-Eastern Dance

This is a technique course emphasizing the social and stage dances from the region designated as the Near and Middle East. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G136 - 0.5-1 Units
Intermediate/Advanced Mid-Eastern Dance

Advisories: Dance G135
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G145 - 1-1.5 Units
Intermediate Modern Dance

Instruction and practice in intermediate level modern dance technique. Students will learn modern dance warm-up techniques and combinations choreographed to live and recorded accompaniment. Students will have the opportunity to improvise and choreograph their own dance studies. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G150 - 1 Unit
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G155 - 1-1.5 Units
Ballet, Intermediate

Instruction and practice in intermediate ballet techniques. Classroom participation in barre work, complex center practice and intermediate adage and allegro ballet combinations. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G160 - 1-1.5 Units
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G200 - 1-1.5 Units
Advanced Modern Dance

A course designed to develop advanced dance skills in modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition, and to give performance and repertoire experience. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G215 - 1 Unit
Advanced Tap Dance

Introduction and practice in advanced tap dance techniques. A thorough study into the execution of movement phrases using tap sounds of varying intensity, quality and rhythm. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G220 - 1-1.5 Units
Advanced Ballet

Advanced level ballet techniques. Classroom participation in barre work, complex center practice and advanced adagio and allegro combinations. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G225 - 1-1.5 Units
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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G230 - 1-2 Units
Choreography

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G235 - 2 Units
Modern Dance Ensemble

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G240 - 1-2 Units
Tap Dance Ensemble

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G245 - 1-2 Units
Performance Ensemble

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G250 - 1-2 Units
Studio Production and Performance

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition
Corequisites: Enrollment in intermediate technique class such as Dance G145, G150, G155 or G160
This course is designed to instruct students interested in producing original choreography and performing in the dance studio at GWC and elsewhere in the community. They may also perform in an instructors choreography. All aspects of the production are studied: Choreography lighting, costuming, publicity, music, scenery design, and staging. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

DANCE G260 - 2-3 Units
Dance Production and Performance

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

DANCE G270 - 0.5 Units
Dance Workshop

An intensive dance experience with a guest dance artist. The movement material for this class will be from the guest artist’s repertoire and will be designed for intermediate and advanced level dance students. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.