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DA-100 - Dance Appreciation - Shelby Curtis

Course:Dance Appreciation
Professor:Shelby Curtis
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for 20 years and am lucky to call dance education my job.  My purpose for teaching is to learn from students and build community while sharing knowledge about dance in a fun, supportive setting.  Join me for DA 100, where we will survey the roll dance has played in humanity since the beginning of time through the 21st century!  I am approachable and love hearing from students, so please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, clarification, or ideas:

Course Description

DA 100 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

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Identify characteristics of various dance styles and genres.
  • Compare and contrast different dance styles.
  • Trace the development of ballet, modem dance, jazz, social, musical theatre, tap, and hip hop styles of dance.
  • Explain the key elements of different styles of cultural dances.
  • Explain current trends in dance.

Types of Assessments

Course content, lectures, videos, and assignments are completed online in the Canvas platform.

Textbook Information

Required Text: Learning About Dance by Nora Ambrosio, any edition


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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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)

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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.

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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

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Last updated: 05/17/2024 Sub#: 1752