Feb 25, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



1 Credit Hour

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level Freshman or Sophomore.

Catalog Description:

DAN 2752 - Introduction to Dance (1 hr.)

This class is an exciting way for students to learn and experience elements of several dance genres. Students will learn dance technique, vocabulary and choreographed movement to a variety of music. Improved coordination, strength, balance, and flexibility will be emphasized.

Course Classification:

Physical Activity



Controlling Purpose:

This class will enable the student to develop coordination and fitness through the art of dance.  Students will gain an understanding of basic steps, vocabulary and variations of dance in multiple genres such as jazz, ballet and tap.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate various dance elements and should have improved their personal level of rhythm, balance, power, flexibility and coordination.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1:  Jazz Dance Fundamentals

Outcomes:  The students will be able to define the different dance genres and recognize the basic elements and steps.

  • Have a perception of rhythm.
  • Differentiate between various styles.
  • Define and use dance terminology.
  • Execute basic dance movements.

UNIT 2:  Rehearsal Techniques

Outcomes:  Students will be able to identify and actively put to use education-based rehearsal techniques.

  • Follow and implement given instructions.
  • Perform various dance choreography.
  • Come to class prepared.
  • Understand their role in any given work at any time.

UNIT 3:  Performance

Outcomes:  Student will demonstrate the ability to perform competently in public.

  • Implement what was learned in rehearsals.
  • Understand their role and relationship to their group in terms of coordination, rhythm and stage presence.
  • Accurately perform the demands of each piece of dance (style, expression, rhythm, tempo).
  • Properly evaluate their performance for strengths and weaknesses.
  • Understand their role in the college and community as dancers.

Projects Required:

As assigned.  Any performances that may be scheduled.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.