Freshman Seminar in Dance
Department of Dance, Music and Theatre
Instructor: Angela M Gallo, Assistant Professor of Dance
Office: PAC 124
Phone: 383- 8381
Mail Box: 1250
Office Hours: by appointment
Required Texts: Basic Concepts in Modern Dance
The first in a series of three seminar courses, Freshman Seminar is designed to
help students begin to find career options in the dance field. Students will learn
how to locate auditions for professional companies, how to find internship
opportunities and teaching jobs, how to create a correct dance resume, etc.
Other topics relating to the dance major at Coker and dance careers will be
covered, such as time management, theatre and rehearsal etiquette, health,
nutrition, injuries, and cross training effectively.
By the end of the semester, the student should:
o Be able to locate auditions on line in numerous locations.
o Be able to find and apply for internships.
o Know how to create an audition resume, a teaching resume and a
o Be aware of rehearsal and theatre etiquette.
o Be aware of more dance companies and choreographers.
Disscussion and Quiz on Reading Assignments (Quizzes 50 points each)
Chapter 1 Due August 28th (Quiz Sept 4th)
Hand out on Anatomy Due September 11th (Quiz Sept 18th)
Hand out on Concert Eval. Due September 25th
Chapter 6 Due October 9th
A quiz on the chapter will take place on due date unless otherwise noted.
Audition List, Internship List, Performance List (150 points)
Students will compile a list of 10 auditions- taking place anywhere in the country,
10 internship opportunities that are relevant to dance, and a list of all of the
performances taking place in South Carolina during the Fall Semester.
Audition, Internship and Performance List Due October 23rd
Internship Application Due November 20th
Resumes and Biography (150 points)
Students will be required to turn in a teaching resume, an audition resume and
biography in correct format.
Due November 13th
Writing Assignments (100 points total)
Students will be assigned small writing assignments based on the topics that are
currently being covered.
Guest Artist Master Classes and Department and Guest Auditions
As a Dance Major, it is required that you attend all auditions that take place
during the semester for the dance program concerts and for Guest Artist pieces.
It is also required that you attend all master classes given by Guest Artists. The
final grade in this class will drop by one full letter grade for each event that
Attendance 200 points A 1010-1100 points
Participation 200 points B 920-1009 points
Aud/Intern List 100 points C 830-919 points
Resumes/Bio 150 points D 740-829 points
Chapter Quizzes 300 points F 650-739 points
Written Assignments 100 points
Performance List 50 points
Total 1100 points
A- Extremely Good Also see the ‘A vs. C’ handout for
B+ Very Good a more detailed explanation of grading
B Good expectations
C Below Average
C- Needs Work
D+ Very Poor
D- Near Failure
Attendance: There are two (2) absences allowed before it affects the students’ grade.
Tardiness will not be tolerated- if the student is more than 10 minutes late
it counts as an absence.
After two (either unexcused or excused) the attendance and participation
portions of the grade are lowered by 10 points each, for each occurrence.
After the 5th absence, the student will receive an F grade.
Tardiness Lowers the attendance and participation grade by five (5)
points each, for each occurrence.
College, Department, and/or Dance Program Policies
Please advise the instructor if you have any condition or disability, which
may require modification of the syllabus or grading system.
The college sees plagiarism and cheating as serious offenses, which may
be punishable by failure on the exam, paper or project, failure in the
course and/or expulsion from the college. This includes directly copying
from an Internet or video source and movement plagiarism; it is a crime to
copy someone else’s choreography.
Core Skill Assessment
The goal of Coker College is to graduate students with the ability to think analytically and
creatively, and to write and speak effectively. Students will be assessed during the
semester as to their demonstrated ability in the following areas. The results are used to
help the college improve programs and better advise students.
Graduate Level: Self-diagnose alignment problems and self-correct them.
Completes and understands choreographic and improvisational
exercises almost perfectly.
Junior/Senior Level: Diagnose alignment problems in self and others, but needs
assistance to correct them. Completes and understands
choreographic and improvisational exercises fairly well
Fresh/Soph Level: Diagnose alignment problems in others. Understands and
completes choreographic assignments on a basic level.
Remedial Level: Unable to discern or diagnose alignment problems in self or
others. Has trouble grasping the intent of choreographic or
Graduate Level: Able to take concepts, ideas and movement styles already learned
and translate them in to new ideas or new and complicated
movement patterns, not just rearranging steps. Uses space and
line in new and interesting ways
Junior/Senior Level: Able to create more complex movement patterns. Starting to be
able to take ideas and concepts that are already learned and
translate them to new ideas. Starting to use space and line more
Fresh/Soph Level: Able to create basic movement phrases in styles that are
comfortable. Ideas and concepts are not new but rearranged
versions of things known. Very traditional use of space and line.
Remedial Level: struggles with coming up with own movement phrases, prefers to
Graduate Level: Presents ideas in cohesive and concise critiques or essays (sticks
to topic, minimal repetition). Displays a clear beginning, middle
and end. Uses and supports a thesis statement. Shows mastery
(no errors) of editing skills, including proper grammar, spelling,
punctuation and citation. All written work is turned in on time and
Junior/Senior Level Presents ideas in cohesive critiques and essays (sticks to topic,
some repetition) Displays a clear beginning, middle and end,
however transitions may be ruff. Uses and attempts to support a
thesis statement. Displays basic editing skills with occasional
mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and citation. All
written work is turned in on time and word-processed.
Fresh/Soph Level: Presents reflective essay or critique. Uses a weak thesis
statement, but does not have a clear beginning, middle, or end
and ideas are unorganized. Struggling with basic editing skills and
shows some errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling and citation.
All work turned in on time and word-processed.
Remedial Level: Essays or critiques are unorganized, late or unrelated to the
assignment given. They do not use a thesis statement, nor do
they have a clear beginning, middle or end. Displays no editing
skills and shows frequent grammar, spelling or punctuation errors.
There are no citations.
Graduate Level: Able to articulate concepts covered in class and explain them to
others. Also able to articulate intelligent questions regarding
technical progress. Able to clearly use dance terminology. Able to
comment on choreographic concepts, including the structure and
intent of a piece.
Junior/Senior Level: Able to ask clear questions about technical ability and has a fairly
strong grasp on dance terminology. Beginning to be able to
articulate choreographic concepts and give feedback to others.
Fresh/Soph Level: Able to ask for assistance with difficult concepts of skills. Holds a
basic knowledge of dance terminology. Able to give some
feedback to others that is helpful. Still has trouble with articulating
choreographic concepts in a piece.
Remedial Level: Unable to ask for assistance with difficult concepts or skills. Little
or no knowledge of dance terminology. Has a difficult time
articulating the main ideas of a piece. Doesn’t give feedback well.
Library and Technology Check sheet
This class requires the following proficiencies:
_X_ Word processing
_X_ Email/Internet use
___ Basic research skills (self-taught at
This class requires use of the following library resources and services:
___ In-class library orientation/bibliographic instruction
___ Listening or viewing multimedia materials in the library
___ Library reserve materials
___ Specialized software (SPSS, C++, Java, etc.): _________________
___ Other specific library resources (e.g. reading list, reference items, special database)