Dance

Dance

Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA

Pathway: Arts & Humanities

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Downtown Studio, Studio West

Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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Why choose Dance at PPSC

The Dance program at PPSC will bring out your natural abilities in  movement, giving you the skills to become a well-rounded dance artist, capable of pursuing a variety of diverse paths. Whether you're a beginner or advanced student, we are here to aid you on your journey. You can now earn your Degree with Designation in Dance and choose to transfer to earn your Bachelor's degree and/or apply your AA Degree to your career as a performer, choreographer, studio director or other arts-related position.  It should be noted, you do not need to be a Dance Major in order to enroll in any of our classes.   PPSC Dance Promo

What do PPSC Dance students study?

The program strives to help each student develop, strengthen and further advance technique in a variety of different dance genres, as well as develop critical thinking skills through creative and scholarly processes. You will discover how to work within groups and how to express your own individuality. Upon completion, you will be able to teach dance at studios or in schools, audition for professional companies, create and produce their own work, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to major/minor in dance.

Students who study dance gain an understanding of:

  • A variety of dance styles and techniques, and the opportunity to focus in certain dance genres, as well as the opportunity to perform. (Beginner-Advanced Students can study: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Salsa, Belly Dance, Feldenkrais, and/or Dance Performance)
  • Compositional strategies as it pertains to creating solo, group, site-specific, improvisational and dance for camera work.
  • The historical & cultural context of dance as an art-form and how this relates and works within society.

Students may study dance for enrichment, fitness and/or to complete and earn a Degree with Designation in Dance.

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Is the dance profession right for you?

Dance is a unique professional field unlike any other that demands dedication, drive and determination. The dance profession requires a person to be physically and emotionally strong, flexible, creative and eager. Upon completion, you will be able to teach dance at studios or in schools, audition for professional companies, create and produce their own work, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to major/minor in dance.

 

Dancing Students from Performance of "From Borders to Ballots and the Footprints We Leave Behind. . ."

Performances/Auditions:

Fall for Dance 2022
When: Friday, December 2 AND Saturday, December 3, 2022
Time: 7:30PM-8:45PM
Where: Centennial Campus Theater (5675 S. Academy Blvd; Colorado Springs, CO 80906)
Admission: FREE
The Pikes Peak State College Dance Department is proud to present Fall for Dance 2022 which features performances by the PPSC’s Student Company, High Altitude Dance Ensemble (HADE), as well as PPSC’s Fall Semester technique classes. Act 1 will highlight HADE’s take on the influence & beauty of mother nature. From the power & grace of waves & the world that lies beneath, to the strength of tree roots and the ability for its limbs to sway in the wind, to the shedding of leaves/blooming of flowers; graceful gesture meets athletic performance in a whirlwind of movement that will leave the audience marveling about our natural world. Act 2 will feature a variety performance of PPSC Dance Department fall semester dance classes including: Modern, Ballet, Belly Dance, and Jazz.

Auditions for Spring 2023 Advanced Class Placement:
When: December 19, 2022 & January 6, 2023 
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Where: Studio West, room 102 (22 N. Sierra Madre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)
Auditions are for class placement into our advanced classes & student company/Dance Performance class. Auditions are geared for students who have prior dance experience, either studio or school, or have previously taken a level 1 course at a college level. Auditions are held at the end of each semester and prior to the start of each semester. No need to prepare any material, just come ready to take class. You only have to attend one of the above listed auditions.

Dance Classes You Might Take

The program strives to help each student develop, strengthen and further advance technique in a variety of different dance genres, as well as develop critical thinking skills through creative and scholarly processes. Dance is a unique professional field unlike any other that demands dedication, drive, and determination. The dance profession requires a person to be physically and emotionally strong, flexible, creative, and eager. Upon completion, students will be able to teach dance at studios or in schools, audition for professional companies, create and produce their own work, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to major/minor in dance.

Students who study dance gain an understanding of:

  • A variety of dance styles and techniques, and the opportunity to focus in certain dance genres, as well as the opportunity to perform. (Beginner-Advanced Students can study: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Salsa, Belly Dance, Feldenkrais, and/or Dance Performance)
  • Compositional strategies as it pertains to creating solo, group, site specific, improvisational and dance for camera work.
  • The historical & cultural context of dance as an art-form and how this relates and works within society.

Students may study dance for enrichment, fitness and/or to complete and earn a Degree with Designation in Dance. You do not need to be a Dance Major in order to take any of our Dance Department classes.

Dance

Introduces the history of dance as a theatre or performing art. Examines dance from Classical Greece through the Renaissance, including court and classical ballet to modern dance with African and Caribbean influences.

Dance

Elementary modern technique for the general student. The emphasis is placed on correct body alignment and integration, locomotor skills, dynamic variety, and musicality. Explores dance as a tool for communication and dance as an art form. Familiarizes student with basic modern dance history. May be repeated for no more than three credits.

Dance

Builds on Ballet II at an intermediate/advanced level. Continues learning within the basic structure of a ballet class while increasing the level of skills through more experience with challenging movement combinations.

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Voices of PPSC

Karen Medville

Voices of PPSC

PPSC laid the foundation for me to build on. It provided the appropriate level of course work that I needed in order to believe in myself.

Karen Medville
American Indian Program Manager | Class of 1985

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in Dance

The majority of dance classes are approved elective credits and will transfer to a number of institutions. We are currently working on articulation agreements with the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, and Colorado Mesa University at Grand Junction.

Students from PPSC who studied in the Dance Department have gone on to CSU-Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo, UNC-Greeley, CU-Boulder, Colorado Mesa University, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Naropa University, University of Denver, AMDA in NYC, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, Oklahoma City University, State University of New York at Brockport, and University of Hawaii at Manoa, as well as working professionally with Schiff Dance Collective in Boulder and Ormao in Colorado Springs. Students have also gone on to teach at a variety of different studios across Colorado and have interned and danced as far away as Russia.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach dance at studios or in schools, audition for professional companies, create and produce your own work, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to major in dance. Students planning for an AA Degree or to transfer and major/minor in dance will be required to take Ballet, Modern, & Jazz, as well as Dance Performance, Dance Composition, History of Dance, and Methods of Teaching Dance. You will have your choice in pursuing other dance genres including Hip Hop, Tap, Ballroom, Salsa, Belly Dance or Dance for Camera. Special Topics courses such as Dance Composition II, and Improvisation Techniques are also strongly encouraged.

  • Exhibit a sound foundation of technical & performance skills
  • Apply, through embodiment and words, correct anatomy, proper alignment, and placement
  • Identify, describe, and demonstrate through the generating of movement, the basic elements of dance: time, space, and energy
  • Articulate aesthetic concerns in dance including the analysis of choreography, live and/or film, through speaking and writing
  • Discuss the historical, aesthetic, and social concerns of Western & Non-Western Dance forms
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Contact Dance

Dance Faculty Contact

Stephanie Kobes-Newcomb

Stephanie Kobes-Newcomb@pikespeak.edu

719-502-3124

 

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