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The University of Texas-Pan American
Department of Music and Dance
DANC 3311.01- SPRING 2015
Dance Production – 3 credit hours
I Course Information
Francisco Munoz
HPE II Room 110
[email protected]
Office Hours: MWF 9:45-10:45 TR 9:30--10:30
Class Meeting Time & Place:
MWF 8:45-9:35 HPE 2 142
Course Description
The Art of Production designed to meet the needs of dance students and
professionals for timely information on mounting a dance concert. This course
will serve as a guide to auditions, music, costuming, lighting design, makeup,
programming management, and fundraising.
Required Text: Schlaich, J. Dance: The Art of Production. Princeton, NY.
Princeton Book Company, 1998.
II Student Outcomes
Upon completion of this course students will:
2.1.1 research strategies for locating music literature and sources for various
styles of dance
2.1.2 elements of and basic skills for dance production (e.g., lighting,
costumlng,set design, makeup) including safe use equipment and
2.1.3 roles and responsibilities of various participants in dance productions and
performances (e.g., dancer, choreographer, costumer, lighting designer,
stage manager, audience)
2.1.4 analyze how various factors e.g., performance space, props, costumes,
makeup, lighting, sets) affect choreography and performance
2.1.5 opportunities in dance as a profession and ways in which skills developed
through dance are applicable to a variety of careers
2.1.6 ways in which components of dance production (e.g., lighting, costuming,
makeup, set design) influence the creative process and artistic product
2.1.7 ways in which an individual’s perspective (e.g., as critic, performer,
choreographer, audience member) may affect response to dance
2.1.8 assist students in developing skills for evaluating and making informed
judgments about their own and others’ dance performances
2.1.9 promote students’ development of skills of observation and reflection
through historical, critical, reflective, kinesthetic collaborative, and
imaginative analysis of dances and dance experiences
III Topical Outline
Administrative Production
3.1. Introduction to Dance /Production Organization
3.2 Administrative Production
3.3 Box Office and House Management
3.4 Marketing
3.5 Fundraising: An Overview
3.6 Auditions/Dance Rehearsals
Artistic Production
3.1 The Experience of Dance Theatre
3.2 Stage Terminology
3.3 Technical Theatre: Its’ Relationship to Dance Theatre
3.4 Choreography/Stage the Production
3.5 Music/Sound/Arranging the Accompaniment/Audio-Recording & Editing
3.6 Designing and Constructing the Costume
3.7 Lighting Instruments
3.8 Dance Lighting Design
IV Course requirements (student outcomes measured)
Punctual attendance and participation in all lectures and labs
Exams on materials presented and/or assigned readings
Research Project
Crew Assignment
V Research Project
Content: You will compile and develop a detailed Dance Production
Guide using hand written notes and handout materials. This notebook
will serve as a guide for future use. The assignment is due at a designated date.
Your research project will be graded on content and organizational skills.
5.1 Purpose of Guide
5.2 Types of Stages
5.3 Stage and Dance Terminology
5.4 Designing and Constructing Costumes
5.5 Accompaniment
5.6 Lighting the Dance
5.7 Publicizing the Event
5.8 Staging the Production
VI Evaluation and Grading Procedure:
Your preliminary grade will be based on possible 1000 point system, which
will encompass four major areas of graded activities as listed below.
6.1 Tests
400 pts.
6.2 Crew Assignment
200 pts.
6.3 Research Project
200 pts.
6.4 Final Assessment
200 pts.
VII Bibliography
Hayes, E.R. Hartley, L.A. Scoville, J., & White, K. A Guide to Dance Production.
Reston, VA. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation,
and Dance, 1981.
Schlaich, J. Dance: The Art of Production. Princeton, NY. Princeton Book Company,
VIII Class Policies
8.1 Attendance/Punctuality:
Students are expected to attend regularly and punctually to all classes. Students
are responsible for informing the instructor if University absences will affect class
attendance approved commitments at the earliest opportunity. You are allowed
two (2) absences. Third absence the highest grade attainable for the course is a
“B”. 4th absence the highest grade attainable for the course is a “C”. 5th absence
will result in being withdrawn from the course. University approved absences are
permitted if presented in proper form. If a student has more than two University
approved absences they must speak with the instructor for assigned research
work outside of class. Tardiness to class will affect your grade; it is your
responsibility to inform the instructor after class that you arrived late. Two tardies
are equal to one absence.
8.2 Academic Honesty:
When a student turns in work with his/her name on it, it is assumed that the
student did the work. When a student paraphrases or reports the work of others,
appropriate documentation must be given. To report the ideas or works another
as one's own would be plagiarizing, an extremely serious academic offense
which could result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
8.3 Late Work Policy:
An assignment is considered late if it is not turned in when called for by the
instructor or by the time indicated when a drop-off date is arranged. Late
assignments will receive a 30% late penalty. The highest grade now
possible is 70%.
8.4 Disruptions:
Cell phones and having guests or baby- sitting in the classroom is prohibited. A
student will be asked to leave the classroom resulting in an absence.
8.5 ADA Statement:
If you have a documented disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out
the work as we have outlined and/or you need special accommodations due to
the disability, please contact the office of Services for Persons with Disabilities
(OSPD), Emilia Ramirez-Schunior Hall, Room 1.101, immediately. If you have a
disability that may affect your ability to meet the course requirements as stated in
the course syllabus, we reserve the right to hold a case conference with the
Office of Services for Persons with Disabilities to ascertain the appropriate
modifications necessary to meet your needs.
8.6 Writing Guidelines: Assignments must be typed, doubled spaced, font size 12,Times
New Roman or Arial font. Use appropriate documentation, APL or MLA style.