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DANCE-100 - Dance Appreciation - Phylise Smith

Course:Dance Appreciation
Professor:Phylise Smith
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


All cultures dance, some say even animals dance.  We may not all be professional dancers, but we do dance!!  We dance at weddings, at parties, in front of the mirror.  Dance brings us together as a community.  Most of enjoy watching dance and will look at someone if they are dancing, professional or not.   Dancing makes us happy.  Dance makes us smile.   By learning about dance, we learn about ourselves, our likes, our dislikes. Dance Appreciation provides examples of how to appreciate dance. With this as a backdrop, we will study selected genres (styles) of dance.   They include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, social dance, cultural dance, hip-hop and other styles of dance.

Course Description

This course examines the influences which have historically and culturally shaped dance throughout the world. After the completion of the course, you will be able to analyze the contributions of important choreographers and choreographies which have had a specific influence on the development of ballet, modern, jazz, cultural, musical theatre, tap and other styles of dance.

This course will also assist you in building group collaboration, reading, writing and research skills as well as other tools you can utilize in all of your classes as well as in life.

What to Expect in this Course


  1. Your phone - You should ensure that your phone provides consistent access to the Internet. Check Canvas to see how to use the Mobile App.
  2. A Laptop/Tablet- In addition to your phone, please also have access to a laptop and or tablet for back-up just in case you can’t complete all assignments on your phone. (If you need a lap-top, contact the school or contact me for additional information.)
  3. A Printer (Optional)  - You may want to print out the syllabus and or specific assignments for greater visibility and access.
  4. canyons email- You should have access to canyons email and be able to send attachments if necessary, in Microsoft Word. The few assignments that require attachments (most assignments will be text entry or submitted through the Discussion Board) will only be accepted in Word or with permission,  Google Docs.   Sorry no pages.

Types of Assessments

  1. Quizzes and True/False and Essay Questions and Answers from Video Observations (Youtube and Other Platforms)
  2. Online Discussion Boards
  3. Essays
  4. Dance Movement Critiques

Textbook Information

No textbook required.

Other Relevant Course Information


Assignments will be due every Wednesday and Sunday at 11:59 PM unless otherwise noted.  Please work your schedules so you can submit your assignments by the deadlines.   Total points for the class range between  500- 600 points. 90%= A.

MODULES (Subject to Change) 

  1. Introduction to Canvas and Course/What is Dance = 1st Week or 1st Component          
  2. Hip-hop/ Jazz and Social Dance = 2nd Week or 2nd Component
  3. Ballet = 3rd Week or 3rd Component
  4. Modern Dance= 4th Week or 4th Component
  5. Latin Dance/Cultural Dance= 5th Week or 5th Component   
  6. Dance Concert Critique and or Group Project*

For semester length classes we will work on each component for several weeks. For short term classes( 5, 6, 8 weeks) we will work on 1-2 components per week.  

* Through Spring 2021 and beyond if necessary, instead of attending a live concert, students will watch a virtual dance concert or conduct a Group Project for the Final.  More information will be provided once the class begins. 

I look forward to our Dance Appreciation Journey. 

Phylise Smith

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/08/2021 Sub#: 810