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SYLLABUS

DANC 4313 501 Dance Performance


Wednesday 7:00 – 9:45pm
M. Saba Office Hours – Monday 2:00-3:15pm, Tuesday 1:00-1:45, and by appointment
Office - JO 4.906 Phone - 972-883-2083 Email – msaba@utdallas.edu

Grade Value
70% Rehearsal, production, performance participation or observance\ research
20% Written Papers
10% Log of time committed

Course Requirements
70% Time Each student will be required to put in hours toward rehearsal, production,
performance and/or research for various projects produced throughout the
semester.

65 hrs. and above = A


61-64 hrs.=A- 40-49 hrs.=C- to C+
57-60 hrs.=B+ 30-39 hrs.=D- to D+
53-56 hrs.=B 29 and below=F
50-52 hrs.=B-
Hours may be accumulated in one or all four areas of participation. Casting for performance is
based on availability and skill of the dancer. Commitment and dependability are an absolute
necessity in this class, tardiness or missing rehearsals you have previously committed to will result
in loss of the time you where scheduled and committed to plus deduction of that same amount of
time from hours already accumulated. Hours may also be deducted if the level of effort or
execution of jobs assigned is not fulfilled adequately. Hours that are earned through work outside
of class that is not overseen by an instructor or university staff must be approved prior to entry in
the log by the instructor.

10% Log A log of hours spent rehearsing, performing, producing, or gathering research
needs to kept. Record all dates and times (beginning and end) of work completed. Hours acquired
without instructor present will require the signature of the person in charge. Separate each
category in the log, total the hours for each day and section, then give a final total. There should be
one section for rehearsal hours, one for performance hours, one for production hours, and one for
observance/ research hours. Indicate what you were doing, the start time, and the end time.
Handwritten logs must be printed and double-spaced or points will be deducted. The log will be
due April 19 at 7:00pm.or when all course work is complete.

Papers Three papers will be required documenting experiences, personal opinion, growth, and
progress of projects. The papers will be entries in the log you will be keeping. Please make your
entries during the dates of February 12-18,March 12-18 and April 12-19, or the week following
completion of hours and projects (whichever comes first).

If you will be acquiring hours through observation and research you will be required to make an
entry for each class meeting or rehearsal documenting what you observed and any thoughts and
opinions you may have about the rehearsal, production, or performance process. Each entry will be
a minimum of one page typed or two pages handwritten. Handwritten papers must be printed and
Due to variable schedules, a daily account of class meetings and content for each class is not
possible. Each student will have his or her own requirements according to projects assigned. You
must be able to contribute hours outside class to complete this course with an A. The course
focuses on performance and the process leading to performance. If you choose to participate
through production or research you must be present for at least one dance production for the
semester and rehearsals the week of the show

Possible Ways to Accumulate Hours

Rehearsal: Time spent in the rehearsal process for dance pieces you are cast in.
Performance: The time spent in the theatre on the dates of the tech, dress rehearsal, and
performance
Production: Costumes (Design and construction)
Marketing
Program Design and printing
Props
Stage Crew (Building and back stage help)
Ushering (Must watch orientation video and may usher a total of three times)
Music Recording
Any other assignments that would benefit the development of the performance or
rehearsal process.
Observance/Research: Documenting observation from the rehearsal process and performance.
What did you learn, opinions about what you see, what do you think about the end
result (the performance), and any other observations you may want to include.

Scheduled performances for this semester are as follows:


Technical and Dress rehearsals will proceed each performance weekend and strike will follow the
final performance.

March 3 & 4 – Sprung 06


April - Collin County Community College Dance Concert
April - Dance for the Planet
April - Beta Test or Spring Arts Festival

*Auditions for those that wish to perform will be February 18 at 7:30pm*


Rehearsals will begin immediately

****All assignments and due dates are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion***

I will send all electronic correspondence only to a student’s UTD email address and require
that all official electronic correspondence between a student and me be transmitted from the
students’ UTD email account. UT Dallas furnishes each student a FREE Network ID (netid)
linked to an email account. To activate or maintain a UTD computer account and/or to set
email forwarding options, go to http://netid.utdallas.edu. NOTE: The UTD Department of
Information Resources provides a method for students to forward their UTD email to other
personal or business email accounts.

The drop dates for the current Full Term Session are as follows:
Undergraduates WP or WF withdraw period begins……………………...Mon., February 13
Undergraduates last day to withdraw with WP/WF………………………Thurs., March 16
Graduates last day to withdraw from a course with an automatic “W”….. Fri., March 24

The following are excerpts of policies and procedures from the UTD University Catalog. For
a complete list of all policies of the university please refer to the University Catalog on the
UTD website.

Disability Services
Disability Services provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students
are urged to make their needs known to Disability Services as soon as they are admitted to the
university. The Office of Disability Services is located in the Student Union (SU 1.610), (972) 883
2070.

Incomplete Grade (X)


A grade of Incomplete may be given, at the discretion of the instructor of record for a course, when
a student has completed at least 70% of the required course material but cannot complete all
requirements by the end of the semester. An incomplete course grade (grade of X) must be
completed within the time period specified by the instructor, not to exceed eight weeks from the
first day of the subsequent long semester. Upon completion of the required work, the symbol X
may be converted into a letter grade (A through F) by the instructor. If the grade of Incomplete is
not removed by the end of the specified period, it will automatically be changed to F. Extension
beyond the specified limit can be made only with the permission of the instructor and the student’s
ADU (or the Undergraduate Dean in the case of students without declared majors). A student may
not re-enroll in a course in which a grade of X remains.

Students may obtain a petition/documentation form for an Incomplete in the office of the student’s
ADU. The form is to be submitted to the instructor from whom the Incomplete is sought. Students
should be aware that an Incomplete is only appropriate for work unavoidably missed at semester’s
end. Students should contact their school office for school policies on Incompletes. If a significant
fraction of a semester is missed with cause, see the section on “Withdrawing from and Adding
Courses”.

An instructor assigning an Incomplete must submit the petition/documentation form containing a


description of the work required to complete the course to the ADU of the school offering the
course. Upon approval, a copy of the petition will be forwarded to the student’s ADU to be
retained with the student’s academic record. The instructor alone will be responsible for
determining whether the requirements for completion are met and for assigning the grade in the
course. However, if the instructor who has signed the Incomplete is no longer associated with U.T.
Dallas and the work is completed within the time allowed before tht Incomplete lapses to an F, the
Associate Dean of the instructor’s college may assign a committee of appropriate faculty to
evaluate the material and/or obtain any other information which may be required to assign the grade
in the course.

Rules, Regulations, and Statutory Requirements


Student Conduct and Discipline
The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations
for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and
each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern
student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained
in the U.T. Dallas publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each
academic year.

Academic Dishonesty
The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because
the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the
student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual
honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to,
statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or
the submission as one’s own work of material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic
dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying
academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary
proceedings.