DANC 263B: Dance for Musical Theatre- Intermediate

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2020
Credits: 4
Total Contact Hours: 144
Lecture Hours : 36
Lab Hours: 108
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 72
Prerequisite: DANC 263A or Audition.
District General Education: E1. Dance Activity
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

This course is an in-depth performance experience focusing on styles of body movement for musical theatre stage productions at the intermediate level. The fundamentals of dance will be reviewed, progressing to intermediate ballet positions as well as intermediate jazz, tap and musical theatre terminology. Concepts of the history of dance in musical stage will also be explored in greater detail. 36 lecture hours, 108 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • demonstrate ability to perform intermediate warm-up routines and procedures
  • demonstrate familiarity with intermediate level vocabulary and notations used in musical theatre choreography
  • demonstrate ability to perform choreographed musical theatre dances for stage
  • demonstrate ability to perform complex styles such as "Fosse" and contemporary Broadway dance
  • demonstrate an ability to perform the choreographed intricate movement patterns of musical theatre style dance
  • demonstrate the ability to transform modern musical concepts into choreographed movements

Major Course Content

  1. Fundamentals of Dance
    1. Contemporary musical theatre/Broadway dance terminology
    2. Positions and exercises and their correct usage
    3. Intermediate ballet terms and technique
    4. Intermediate level ballet across the floor combinations
    5. Musical theatre movement and positions
    6. Intermediate level techniques and terms of musical theatre, jazz and Broadway dance
  2. History and Advancement of Musical Theatre Dance
    1. Communication through dance
    2. Presentation of modern careers of Broadway dancers and choreographers
    3. Review and critique of performances
  3. Preparation of Broadway Style Dance Production
    1. Learning the choreography
    2. Learning the score
    3. Learning individual movement and parts
    4. Individual work with students to develop style and fluidity in their movement
    5. Group rehearsal; cleaning dances and blocking
    6. Dress rehearsal
  4. Final Performance/Project
    1. Critique of performance/project; what did and did not work and why
    2. Improvements to be made for further performances/projects

Lab Content

  1. Rehearsal of Given Choreographic Combinations
  2. Assimilation of Instructor Notes- Student Assisted Guidance w/ Beginning Level Students
  3. Application of Research and Home Study- Student Assisted Guidance w/ Beginning Level Students
  4. Refinement of Notes through Individual Rehearsal
  5. Group Feedback
  6. Rehearsals on Set and in Costume
    1. Spacing Rehearsals
    2. Orchestra Rehearsals
    3. Sound Rehearsals
    4. Lighting Rehearsals
    5. Costume Parade and Fittings
    6. Dress and Final Dress Rehearsals
  7. Public Performances
  8. Individual Rehearsals Assimiliation of Notes
    1. Memorize Blocking
    2. Memorize Spacing
    3. Individual's Character Assimilation to Choreography
    4. Integration of Costume/Sound to gesture and performance

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Internet Research Attendance of live musical theatre performances

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Personal choreographic journals Extensive choreographic notes in sheet music

Examples of Outside Assignments

Research of performers or choreographers within the Musical Theatre discipline

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Lab