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DANCE 102 F: Introduction To Dance

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTW 9:40am - 10:40am
MNY 267

Syllabus Description:

SUMMER Dance 102 F––Introduction to Dance

Meeting Times:

Mon-Wed  9:40am-10:40am 

Classroom Locations: Studio 267
Office: 59J Meany Hall


Dance 102 Music Director

Paul Moore
259 Meany Hall, Office Hours: by appt.


Dance 102 Instructors:
Section F

Barbi Powers:

  •  If you have any concerns about the course or your instructor, please contact Associate Professor and Dance Program Director, Jennifer Salk, or Professor Hannah Wiley,

 Course Description

This course is an introduction to the art of dance, specifically western dance forms. Movement sessions will involve dance improvisation, ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques. This is primarily a movement-based course. Brief lectures and a discussion session will address a variety of dance-related subjects such as music for dance, basic anatomy for dance, and how to view dance.

 Course Objectives

Upon the successful completion of the course you will demonstrate:

-improvement in body awareness and alignment

-familiarity with basic dance movements that address shifting weight, spatial orientation and awareness, moving in and out of the floor, and rhythmic accuracy.

-the ability to participate in the improvisational process

-an awareness of dancing with other people

-an ability to maintain an “internal dialogue” that will help you self-correct and stay focused and present

 Course Website

The syllabus can be found on the course website along with other important information such as instructor email addresses and office hours. Check the site daily for any announcements or new information.


Arts Alive Website: information on dance forms & styles, glossary of dance terms, anatomy terms, and interesting dance facts

 Course Requirements & Assessment

If you are aware of any unavoidable circumstance that will make it impossible for you to complete the following course requirements in a timely and satisfactory manner, please email your instructors during the first week of the quarter. If you require disability accommodations please see below for procedure and contact information under “Academic Accommodations”.

 A. Studio Participation and Attendance (90%)

To learn and appreciate the art of dance, one must experience movement and the underlying theories that support its practice.  Punctuality and consistent and engaged participation are absolutely crucial in order to make progress and succeed in this course. You are expected to come to class dressed appropriately (see “attire” below).

Participation includes your effort and attitude in technique classes, as well as your ability and willingness to incorporate the instructors’ feedback into your dancing. We expect you to work on your own, but also to dance with one another and take in comments teachers make to other individuals. Participation also includes the final showing on the last day of classes. All three sections of Dance 102 during your time slot, will participate in a joint dance technique showing where you will demonstrate movement phrases from dance class. These are fun, informal, and exciting events to which you may invite friends & family. You are required to attend. If you do not attend 5% of your participation grade will be deducted.

Excessive absences and tardiness take away from the participatory aspect of the course and you cannot stay on top of the material and actually improve, if you are not in class. This is akin to a lab class in the sciences. THERE IS NO WAY TO MAKE UP ABSENCES OR TARDIES. Two absences for an eight-week class are allowable and reasonable. Your final grade will be affected after two absences. Lateness will also affect your grade. If you are more than ten minutes late you may not participate in class but we encourage you to be actively watching (i.e you should not be on your phone or doing other tasks). If you have a contagious illness, do not attend class and do not phone the Dance Program Office. You should email your instructors to let them know you are unwell. If you suffer a long or protracted illness during the quarter, please contact your instructors to discuss options for course completion or withdrawal. If you are injured or ill but not contagious, you are expected to come to class and observe attentively.  Your instructor may give you an impromptu assignment on an observation day. If you are absent due to an illness for more than two classes, you are required to provide a doctor’s note excusing your absence due to illness.


 B. Chamber Dance Company rehearsal attendance and supplemental reading and viewing 10%

You will be required to view one CDC rehearsal by the end of week six, Thursday, July 28th. Prior to attending you will be required to read the following sources and to view the clip we have posted, which are all on the course site:
“The Audience Checklist”

“Reconstruction Living or Dead? Authentic or Phony?”

and “How to watch a modern dance concert”:


We ask that you take a notebook or pad of paper to rehearsal and jot down your impressions or thoughts as you watch, so that you don’t forget what you viewed (no computers or iPads or other electronic devices please). You should also print out the prompts for the assignment found on the site and bring it with you.

This year Chamber Dance Company will be performing the following repertory:

“Accumulation” (1971) by Trisha Brown

“Satisfyin’ Lover” (1967) by Steve Paxton

“Carnation” (1964) by Lucinda Childs

“Chair/Pillow” (1969) by Yvonne Rainer

“Chairs”  (1991) by Zvi Gotheiner

After attending rehearsal use the prompts on the CDC homework directions to form a discussion forum entry. Once you have posted your entry, you will be able to engage in discussion with your peers.

To review or view more modern dance choreography visit the Chamber Dance Archive in the Odegaard Media Center and/or visit:

Rehearsal Attendance Etiquette

  • Do not whisper or talk during Chamber Dance Company open rehearsals
  • Do not eat or drink in the studio (plastic water bottle is allowed)
  • Please enter and exit the studio quietly and respectful
  • Turn off and put away all technological equipment, i.e., cell phones, lap tops, etc.
  • Bring a notebook to record your observations but do not text message or read/write emails during rehearsals.

Attire & Changing:

  • Dress neatly and simply- no baggy clothing or excessive jewelry.
  • Do not wear shorts to dance classes. Please wear tights, leggings or sportswear that cover your legs to the mid-calf or below. Jeans or street clothes are not acceptable.
  • Avoid wearing oily lotions to dance classes. These oils end up on the floor making is slippery and potentially unsafe.
  • Pull long hair back and securely fasten it so that you can dance at your best. Please put your hair back BEFORE you enter the studio. Do not put your hair up and/or redo it in the studio.
  • Use the dressing rooms on Lower Level to change into dance clothes. Restrooms are not to be used for changing.
  • Be responsible for all your personal possessions. Personal possessions must be locked up during class session. (See locker rental policy)
  • You may work in bare feet or cotton socks for improvisation and modern technique. Ballet slippers should be worn for ballet technique. Unless you wear a size 13 or larger, you can purchase ballet slippers at Centerstage, 5012 University Way NE.

Moving toward a scent free zone

Several faculty and some of the students are allergic to scents. We ask that you refrain from using lotions, deodorants, hair products, and perfumes and oils that are scented. There are many unscented products that will serve you well. We thank you for your cooperation.

Locker Rental Policies  

Lockers may be rented for the quarter (see rental policy below). Please note that locks must be removed after each class unless you are renting for the quarter. Bring no personal belongings into the studio. Shoes, clothes, purses, cell phones, etc. were stolen every week last quarter. Lock up your belongings!!!

  • Lockers are available to rent for $10 for the full term.
  • Rental lockers are available on the main Dance program floor outside of Studio 267
  • Rental is open to any student enrolled in a Dance Program course on a quarterly basis. Upstairs full-length lockers will remain for day use only.  
  • Free lockers are available outside of Meany 266 and available on a first-come/first-serve basis. These lockers are only available for use during class time, no items may be stored in them over night. You must secure your belongings with a lock at all times.
  • Locks are available for purchase in the Dance Program office.
  • Unauthorized usage will result in locks being cut and items will be removed.   
  • To rent a locker, bring claim form that is taped on the outside of the locker to Meany 256 with payment. Cash or check only.
  • Lockers are property of the Dance Program. Tampering with Dance Program property is subject to fine.
  • No refunds on returned or unused lockers will be given.   
  • Do not store perishable food or flammable/combustible items in lockers.
  • Students are responsible for removing locker contents at the end of the rental contract. Items remaining after the specified clean-out date will be donated or discarded.
  • For students who would like an alternative space to the locker rooms we now have access to gender-neutral, single-stall restrooms on the basement level (059C and 059D). Please see Kelly Canaday, Meany 258, for locker options and directions to the restrooms.

Dance Studio Etiquette

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the class structure by arriving in the studio prepared for class and allowing for sufficient time to set up
  • Be respectful of your peers, instructor(s) and the musician at all times
  • Receive and apply feedback and correction in a proactive and respectful manner
  • Work safely and effectively in class and allow others to do so
  • Apply focus and concentration
  • If for some reason you are unable to dance, please inform the instructor before class begins to receive instructions for partial participation/observation.
  • In the event of an injury alert the instructor immediately
  • No street shoes, gum, beverages or food are allowed in the studios; plastic water bottles are permitted
  • Turn off or silence electronic devices before you enter the studio. Do not check them during class time. Enjoy 60 minutes of unplugged time.

Academic Accommodations

If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

It is imperative that you meet with the instructor for your course within the first week of school, (in this case, by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 22nd), to make arrangements to discuss accommodations. To assist in defining how many absences may be reasonable, and to discuss the unique environment of studio based dance courses, we will both need to complete a Disability Related Absence Agreement:

Academic Honesty

Students at the University of Washington are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct. Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct are considered serious offenses and could result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or permanent dismissal from the University.

For more information on Academic Honesty (Cheating and Plagiarism) see:

For information on Student Standards of Conduct see:


Technique Grading Policy

The Dance Program utilizes a limited grading system for dance technique classes.  The following criteria are used for assessing and grading the demonstration of skills and understanding of movement concepts in all dance technique courses. Final grades may also be affected by other factors (such as homework assignments and attendance). Please consult with each instructor /course syllabus for additional information relating to requirements, assessment and grading policies. If you are very concerned about how this new system might affect your overall GPA, you should consider signing up for technique on a S/NS basis.

Instructors may allot grades in half point increments (e.g. 3.5, 2.5, 1.5) if student demonstrates traits from two or more grading profiles. 

 A 4.0 student:

  • Displays technical mastery over movement material presented in class.
  • Effectively integrates feedback offered by the instructor, and is consistent in applying this feedback through self-correction.
  • Demonstrates self-directed learning.
  • Consistently works responsibly both independently and collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.
  • Makes informed choices about the development of individual artistic voice.

 A 3.0 student:

  • Displays technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Displays continual effort to integrate feedback offered by the instructor, but may rely on instructor for prompts to correct and implement.
  • Is developing skills in self-directed learning.
  • Can work responsibly both independently and collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.
  • Demonstrates some evidence in development of individual artistic voice.

 A 2.0 student:

  • Does not display technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Has difficulty integrating feedback offered by the instructor, and relies on instructor for prompts to correct and implement.
  • Lacks awareness to do effective independent work.
  • Is inconsistent in working collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.

 A 1.0 student:

  • Does not display technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Does not integrate feedback offered by the instructor.
  • Lacks awareness to do effective independent work.
  • Does not work collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.




Catalog Description: 
Introduces dance as an art form. Lectures in dance appreciation. Studio experience in various dance forms: may include ballet, modern dance, musical theatre/jazz, and dance composition. Includes attendance at outside events. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:13pm