DANCE-121 - Beginning Modern Dance - Wendy Hassenpflug
|Course:||Beginning Modern Dance|
My name is Wendy Hassenpflug. I have been teaching at College of the Canyons since 2006. I also teach at California State University, Northridge and local yoga studios. My passions include modern dance, aerial dance, acroyoga, aerial yoga, partnering, breath work, somatics (mind-body work) and improvisation. My professional performance background includes: Kit Andree Company Dancer, WFL San Antonio Gold Dust Girl, Le Jazz Noir Company Dancer, and Martin Dancers.
In addition to teaching at the collegiate level, I also taught & directed award-winning high school dance teams in CA, TX, and NV for 10 years. The style of modern dance technique that I teach is a combination of Limon, Horton and Hawkins classical modern techniques. I teach with a strong sense of body awareness and body biomechanics, aiding my students in their quest to dance stronger and more intelligently.
Our class will take place online, until further notice. I may use a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, depending on the format of the class. Students will be exposed to other artists' choreography and techniques via videos, in addition to my instruction. We will survey the class on the first day to see what type of space everyone has to move (i.e. both inside and outside your homes). This will enable me to customize the instruction and choreography based on the spaces we are working with. I look forward to getting to know you and co-creating together.
Introduces the basic movements, patterns and style of modern dance, emphasizing elementary skills and techniques while conferring an appreciation of modern dance and increasing understanding of body structure and movement.
What to Expect in this Course
Students are expected to attend and participate in the synchronous class meetings via Zoom, and to watch and participate with the pre-recorded classes. It is necessary to have a device that includes a camera and microphone (laptop or phone), as well as a strong wifi connection. Synchronous class meetings will take place during the scheduled days and times, as listed in the Class Schedule. Asynchronous class meetings allow students to view videos and practice at their own pace, and in some cases record and upload videos of themselves for feedback. Expect to devote a minimum of 3 hours per week to learning and practicing for your class.
Knowledge of how to use Canvas is necessary as assignments and class information will be posted there, all assignments and written exams will be submitted via Canvas.
It will be helpful to have access to Spotify, Wendy's playlists will be available there.
Types of Assessments
- Technique Assessments
- Midterm and Final - over technique learned in class
- Written Exams
- Midterm and Final will take place on Canvas to include multiple choice and short answer responses. Questions are derived from class discussions, and course documents.
- Practical Exams
- Midterm and Final - choreography learned in class
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Beginning Modern Dance by Miriam Giguere Dance.
Available via COC Cougar Bookstore, Amazon, or via the publisher Human Kinetics.No ad
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No additional materials are required for class.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 676