10/26/2020 - 12/18/2020
Section # 28815(Fall 2020)
Welcome to Dance
History and Appreciation!
In this course students gain a
historical perspective of dance from ritual to contemporary theatrical
dance forms. Lessons will focus on the ethnic, cultural, and ritual
forms of dance as it affects and reflects the world in which people
live. Primarily, this course will focus on how dance imbues the
historical, social, and political climate of the day. You will have an
opportunity to consider the impact of dance on the western world and
how it has been affected by different dance traditions worldwide.
You do not need to be an expert to enjoy this
class. I hope to make it a fun opportunity for you to get familiar
with the wonderful world of dance through a variety of performance
styles. You will learn about how to evaluate dances using video,
readings and discussions with your peers. All of these new skills will help you
understand how dance developed and where it's going.
The following are the course outcomes or end
result of participation:
SLO #1: The student will be able to view dance with greater
appreciation and understanding of the intention behind the dance.
The student will be able to eye the genre of the dance and
note how it reflects the values and mores of the times.
Phyllis Eckler - Instructor
Office hours: ONLINE BY CANVAS EMAIL & using ZOOM by appt.
Messages: (323)953-4000 X2865
E-mail: In this class we will be having "conversations" using the
CANVAS Inbox. More information on how to do this can be found in
This is a General Education transferable course to
CSU (CSUGE Area C1), and/or UC (IGETC Area 3A)
ENGLISH 028, ENGLISH 067
YOU WILL NEED A COMPUTER OR
MICROSOFT WORD (Available to
you as an LACCD student in Microsoft Office 365)
There is no textbook
requirement for this course. You will be asked to use free L.A.City
College Library resources and online websites for your learning
1. This asynchronous course allows you to work on your
schedule! You will need to check into CANVAS often and devote 6-8
hours a week to the material in each module. The course has quizzes, discussions and
assignments but the days that you do those are up to you! If you want
to get ahead, you can move at your own pace in this course. Getting
ahead is fine but if you get behind and miss deadlines, it may affect
your grade. So stay on a schedule!
2. You will not be allowed
entry into the next module without submitting ALL assignment from the
3. I and other students
will be giving you feedback on your work. There will be rubrics
provided for all assignments and discussions. Use these rubrics to
achieve the best possible grade.
4. The course will
introduce new dance terminology and choreographic terms. Students are
encouraged to use this "language of dance" in their writing
assignments. All written assignments will be delivered to the teacher
through Turnitin. This program checks your submissions for plagiarism
or compromised writing.
5. Occasional OPTIONAL (not
required) ZOOM meetings will be offered to students who wish to meet
with the teacher and/or classmates in a real-time face-to-face
IF FOR SOME REASON YOU CANNOT COMPLETE THIS COURSE YOU ARE
RESPONSIBLE FOR DROPPING THE CLASS. IF YOU DO NOT OFFICIALLY DROP THE
COURSE BY THE 2ND WEEK OF THE SEMESTER A GRADE OF "W" WILL APPEAR IN
YOUR TRANSCRIPTS. FAILURE TO DROP THE COURSE BEFORE FINALS WILL RESULT
IN A GRADE OF "F".
grade will be based on a point system. Keeping track of points may be
confusing but you can keep track of your achievement by looking under
the "Grades" tab in CANVAS. This will inform you of your grade
percentage in relation to 100 %.
As mentioned earlier, you
can move ahead in the course at your own pace. If a discussion you
have submitted, requires a response to other students, you are welcome
to reach back to that discussion later, to drop in your
comments, (as long as it is before the due date!).
Late work will be penalized
as follows: 5% will be deducted from the grade you achieved, for each
day that the assignment/discussion is late. The minimum you will
receive on any assignment, is 60% of the grade you achieved. This should
encourage you to get in all assignments - even if they are late, since
additional points could add up to a passing grade!!
Pay attention to due dates
and FIRM DATES! Firm dates will be used for assignments that MUST be
submitted by a particular date. No late submissions will be accepted
for these assignments.
Keep in touch!
If there are events going on in your life that are preventing you
from completing the work - let me know by e-mail! Let's see if I
can help you work to catch up.
absences must be accompanied by a note from a doctor, hospital,
jury duty receipt, or funeral program. An e-mail to the instructor
must be delivered as well. No excused absences will be accepted
after the course has ended.
IMPORTANT DATES (School closed):
Veteran's Day - Nov. 11 (Teacher may not be available)
Thanksgiving Weekend - Nov. 26-29 (Teacher may not be available)
For other important academic deadlines please click on this
1. There will be a number of extra credit
assignments in CANVAS over the semester. Each of these assignments
will display that the grade is out of zero . This is just how they
have to be shown, so that CANVAS doesn't penalize those who don't
choose to do this extra work. I will always let you know, in the body
of the assignment, the maximum extra credit points you can possibly
receive for these assignments.
2. You may write a five paragraph
comparison review of two dance films from an approved list of dance
movies. The format of the review must follow
outline in this link. Worth up to 10 points. To
receive full credit for this paper you may wish to with NetTutor online
in CANVAS for help with writing and formatting..
Grade Percentage Point System:
Below 60% F
*Students with a verified disability who may need a reasonable
accommodation(s) for this class are encouraged to notify the
instructor and contact the Office for Special Services (Student
or email firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. All information will
9803.28 Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of Academic Integrity include, but are not limited to,
the following actions: cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working
together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor
has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the
same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another
individual to assume oneís identity for the purpose of enhancing
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expenses, call the Financial Aid Office at (323) 953-4000 ext.2010
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