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Fall 2020 GUIDELINES & COURSE EXPECTATIONS

DANC 385/421/441 Modern III/IV

Instructor: Cynthia DuFault

 

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 'split' hybrid course of modern III/IV technique will be taught both asynchronous (pre-recorded video classes) and synchronous (live classes) via in-person/Zoom on Wednesdays/Fridays, 1:50pm-3:35pm (also recorded and available for students who require time flexibility). These classes will be a combination of warm-up with Pilates and stretch/strengthen training, center floor work, sequencing/combination work - all with an emphasis on the anatomy that governs modern technique mechanics. This work will be adapted for a stand only/stationary structure. Additional class work consists of weekly self-assessment writing assignments, a written critique essay (with a video essay alternative), as well as a practical final exam (a physical demonstration of skills and techniques).  Pre−requisite: DANC 322: Modern II

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To expand awareness of modern technique, movement quality, and vocabulary.

  • To increase body awareness, strength, and proper anatomical alignment as it serves in the technique.

  • To have a clearer sense of musicality through time and qualitative dynamics.

  • To practice professionalism (self-responsibility, positive/inquisitive attitude, versatility, knowledge, and investigation of individual strengths and weaknesses).

  • To critically evaluate in writing movement ideas as well as self-assess personal development.

  • To preserve a grand appreciation of dance as an art form.

COURSE CONTENT

   Weekly Self-Assessment Form                       Filled out and submitted each Friday by 1pm. First form is due the 2nd                                                                                          week of class by September 11th - It will be a summary of week 1-2.

   Class Forum                                             Posting and responding to your fellow students is required encouraged                                                                                        each week to network about class-related subjects and dance.

   Video Links: Class Reels or 

   Dancer Workouts                                               1.5hrs of asynchronous class work is required each week by selecting any                                                                                       class video or workout. 

   Weekly In-person/Zoom Classes                     3.5 hrs of synchronous in-person/Zoom class is required each                                                                                                           Wednesday and Friday from1:50pm to 3:35pm (starting Sept.                                                                             16th)

    Weekly Zoom Dance Class

   (Recording)                                                          If you are unable to attend the live/Zoom class on Wednesdays/Fridays,                                                                                         a recording will be available. It will usually take a few  hours for it to show                                                                                    up after the class.

   Written Critique Essay  (or)

       Video Critique Essay                                     An essay on student choreographer media dance works. (See more)

   Midterm/Final Exam                                         Exams displayed on Moodle during midterm and finals week

                                                                                   (week 8 and 15).

 

 

GRADING ASSESSMENT

   50%           Participation                        (5hrs weekly: 45hrs total) 

                                                                    - ideally, 3.5hrs synchronous live/Zoom class and 1.5hrs asynchronous video class

   25%           Self-Assessment                   (1 weekly submission: 14 total)

                                                                     - writing assignments                                                               

   20%           Critique Essay                      (due week 15)

                                                                     - writing (video) assignment on student choreographer Media Dance Works.

   5%             Final Exam                            (during week 15)

                                                                     - a practical exam: a physical demonstration of skills and techniques.

 

 

 100%                   Total

 

GRADE SCALE

 

        90-100 =4.0      67-69 =2.0

        86-89=3.7         64-66 =1.7

        82-85 =3.3        57-63 =1.3

        78-81 =3.0        50-56 =1.0

        74-77 =2.7        < 49 =0.0

        70-73 =2.3

 

 

STUDIO SAFETY GUIDELINES

Information about safety facts and policies related to SUNY Potsdam:

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Students are required to fulfill 5 hours of weekly class. Ideally, 3.5 hours synchronous live/Zoom class and 1.5 hours of asynchronous video class.

TEXTS

No text is required for this course. Any reading assignments will be provided as PDFs on Moodle or on cyndance.org.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

This course will take place entirely online, so no physical meetings will be held. All dance classes, assignments, discussion forums, and exams will be accessed and submitted through Moodle and cyndance.org. Firefox is the recommended Internet browser for Moodle. You will need to download Zoom if you haven't done so. (Download Zoom here). You will also need access to a device that can film your movement, like a phone or laptop camera. 

LATE POLICY

Late assignments in this course will only be accepted for one (1) week after the due date. A zero will be imposed after one (1) week. Make-up work is permissible and is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor.

 

SUNY POTSDAM POLICIES & RESOURCES

SYLLABUS CHANGE POLICY

This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.

 

CONTRACT OF AGREEMENT

Guidelines and Expectations Agreement - Click on the link, fill out form, and submit by September 11th.

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