Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Dance 107 - Dance Conditioning - Wendy Hassenpflug

Course:Dance Conditioning
Professor:Wendy Hassenpflug
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


My name is Wendy Hassenpflug and I teach multiple classes within the dance department at COC, depending on the semester.  

Dance Conditioning focuses on conditioning the body and mind, including practice of dance exercises for muscle development, conditioning, strength and flexibility. Using a holistic and integrated approach, students will actively explore the multi-faceted field of dance conditioning. 


Course Description

Dance Conditioning is designed to enrich the student’s understanding of his/her own physical condition. The student will achieve a deeper level of physical preparation for the study of dance technique.  We will apply principles of dance conditioning and alignment, including the development of abdominal strength, floor barre practices, flexibility, and placement exercises, as well as selected exercises from both Yoga and Pilates.


What to Expect in this Course

This is an activity course and your physical participation is expected.  Skills that are involved in dancing include technical, physical, and anatomical, while others are more mental, philosophical, artistic, spiritual, and personal.  Through the use of imagery and visualization, dancers will develop and refine mental skills that precede physical abilities.

Students will submit videos of themselves performing exercises throughout the course.  Videos will be viewed only by the professor as an evaluation tool.  It is necessary that students have ample room to move while practicing and recording their dance conditioning exercises.  A webcam or phone camera will be necessary in order to record and submit videos.

There will be technique assessments for each unit (Dance Conditioning, Pilates & Yoga). 

There will be a final written exam.

Final exams include both a written and a practical portion, as well as a self-evaluation.

Types of Assessments

Technique Assessments will include a pre and post assessment for given skills in each unit.

Final will include a written exam, as well as a practical exam.


Textbook Information

There is no required textbook for this class.  Instructor provides Course Reader material via Canvas.

Required materials include:

Yoga or Pilates mat

Light Resistance Band

Two tennis balls and a sock



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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/04/2022 Sub#: 285