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DANCE-100 - Dance Appreciation - Diana Stanich

Course:Dance Appreciation
Professor:Diana Stanich
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for thirty years. I love interacting with students, and am fortunate to have the best job around. Please do not hesitate to contact me with concerns or questions:

Course Description

Dance Appreciation Schedule Description:

Examines the influence which have historically and culturally shaped dance throughout the world. In this course we will examine dance cultures across genres with a focus on historical and aesthetic perspectives. Topics to be covered include dance as communication vehicle in regards to issues of race~ class, ethnicity, and gender.

What to Expect in this Course

  • Define ballet, modern and jazz dance terminology utilized in dance technique.
  • Compare and contrast different dance styles.
  • Trace the development of ballet, modem dance, jazz;, social and musical theatre, and tap style of dance.
  • Explain the key elements of different styles of cultural dances.
  • Explain current trends in dance.

Types of Assessments

All assignments can be taken online with a mandatory live dance Performance required.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Appreciating Dance by Lihs, any edition is fine.

Other Relevant Course Information

If taking short five week course, must be able to complete assignments in a short term presentation module.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Last updated: 10/06/2021 Sub#: 744