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Why choose Dance at PPCC

The Dance program at PPCC will bring out your natural talents 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 talents 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.   PPCC Dance Promo

What do PPCC 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. 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, 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.

 

Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement

Classes You Might Take

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.
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.
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.
Focuses on principles of choreography and development of individual expressive style. In this course, students will explore through compositional studies, the tools needed to create original solo works and experiment with dance improvisation. Students will also gain the ability to artistically and academically view/discuss other dance works, as well as pieces from other artistic genres.
Introduces and develops the skills necessary for learning how to teach dance to children through adults. Fundamental movement principles and the goals/values of dance in education will be examined. Lectures, readings and laboratory teaching experiences will be followed by observation and feedback sessions on practical teaching and lesson planning.

Career Options

The Dance field provides a wide variety of job opportunities in all styles, both on stage and off, or behind scenes. A few of these options include:

  • Instructor/Studio Owner
  • Choreographer
  • Performer
  • Dance critic
  • Dance & Movement therapist

Careers in Dance

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, 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.

Performances/Auditions:

Performance:

Still/Moving: From Borders to Ballots & the Footprints we Leave. . .AND Aria Da Capo 

(3 Artistic Events in one hour: Dance, Visual Art & Theatre)

When: Friday, April 2; Friday, April 9; Friday, April 16
Time: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm each evening

Where: Studio West: Art Gallery & Mulliken Black Box (22 N. Sierra Madre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

Admission: FREE, but ONLINE Reservations Required (Spaces are limited, social distancing & masks required—check-in 15-30 minutes prior to show start)

Three artistic events in one hour—PPCC’s Art Gallery, Dance, and Theatre Departments are coming together to create an hour-long evening of visual art and live performance that is free, masked, and socially distant.  This thought-provoking collaboration starts in the Studio West Art Gallery and then proceeds down the hall to the Mulliken Black Box.

Still/Moving: From Borders to Ballots and the Footprints we Leave. . .highlights cultural iconography from the past decade woven into contemplative art installations and evocative movement.  The first part of the evening moves through headline events including the complexities of immigration and racism, the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the memory of those lost to COVID-19.  This multi-media collaboration features the reflective art installations and assemblages of Rowena and Chris Sabetta and Alison Fetchner, print art by Noel Dolan and documentary photography by Rachel Riley and is partnered with the athletic choreography of Stephanie Kobes-Newcomb. (The Art Gallery will also be open during normal Gallery hours to view and interact with the installations when performances are not happening).

The evening progresses down the hall and to the Studio West Mulliken Black Box and features PPCC’s Theatre Department performing Aria Da Capo, a play in one act by Edna St. Vincent Millay, directed by Hollyann McCann. This absurd play deals with themes of the haves and have-nots, the silliness and sadness of dividing humanity with arbitrary borders, and how we impulsively look away from unpleasantness.

Again, spaces are limited (social distancing and masks required) and online reservations are required.

 

Click here for the Multi-Disciplinary Archival Performance: Still/Moving Website & Program

Auditions:

Auditions are held at the end of each semester and prior to the start of each semester.  Auditions for Fall 2021 will be held face-to-face (masked and socially distant) at Studio West, room 102 (22 N. Sierra Madre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903).  Auditions for Fall 2021 will include Ballet II-IV, Jazz II-IV, Modern II-IV and Dance Performance I-II (Student Company).  Auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 OR Monday, August 2 from 10am-12:30pm.  (No need to prepare any material, just come ready to take class).

Get started in Dance

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Dance Faculty Contact

Stephanie Kobes-Newcomb

Stephanie.Kobes-Newcomb@ppcc.edu

(719) 502-3124

Contact Dance

Performance:

Still/Moving: From Borders to Ballots & the Footprints we Leave. . .AND Aria Da Capo

When: Friday; April 2, April 9, April 16 @ 5:30, 6:30, & 7:30pm each evening

Location: Studio West (22 N. Sierra Madre St., CO Springs, 80903)

Admission: FREE, Reservations and Masks required

 

Auditions:

Auditions are held at the end of each semester and before each semester starts for placement in our advanced classes and Dance Performance (Student Company).

Auditions for Fall semester Advanced Dance Classes including: Ballet II-IV, Jazz II-IV, Modern II-IV, Dance Performance I-II (Student Company) will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 OR Monday, August 2, 2021 (masks required) from 10:00 am-12:30 pm @ Studio West, room 102 (22 N. Sierra Madre St; CO Springs 80903). No need to prepare any material, just come ready to dance.

 

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes