Fall 2019 - CA 120 E200

Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular (3)


Class Number: 9788

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    DFA 300, Burnaby



A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every term including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May repeat for credit. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.


Topic: Modern and traditional Bhangra

This course provides an introduction to the popular Indian dance form, Bhangra. Students will learn and perform modern and traditional choreography to Punjabi music. The class will learn a corpus of movements that Bhangra improvisation and choreography are based upon. Emphasis will be on North American style modern Bhangra, trends, variations, charisma, facial expression and lyrical dance. Students will present projects that demonstrate the use of traditional and modern Bhangra movements in their own sequences and participate in a large group performance with the class.


  • Contribution to in-class activities 20%
  • Technique demonstrations 20%
  • Overall Improvement/Progress 20%
  • Choreography Assignments & Quizzes 20%
  • Final Group Performance 15%
  • Final Written Exam 5%



Students are advised that grades in studio courses are based on participation, progress, potential, and proper execution of the dance moves and choreography that are taught, including successful completion of class assignments. Grades are determined primarily by the instructor's observation of in-class work during the entire semester, therefore class attendance is crucial and mandatory and will unavoidably affect final grades. The instructor will advise each student of his/her level of performance at the end of the semester and be available to advise at any other time upon request. More precise grading information will be announced during the first week of classes.

Missing more than 5 classes in the semester could result in a failing grade!


No make-ups will be considered – it is your responsibility to find out when quizzes, assignments and final exam are scheduled. If you have to miss a quiz/exam or assignment presentation for medical or other emergency reasons, you will need to notify the instructor before class starts.


20% - Contribution to In-Class Activities: This involves active participation in every class and a willingness to explore movement fully, intelligent risk-taking, being open to a new approach and feedback, application of individual/group corrections, self motivation, focus and concentration, paying careful attention to one’s own body work and thoughtful, supportive group awareness.

20% - Technique Demonstrations: Overall balanced coordination, correct body alignment, movement range, strength, clarity, precision, movement range/flow/freedom, musicality, and ability to execute specific contemporary dance movements and combinations.

20% - Overall Improvement/Progress: Includes anatomically correct alignment, integrated whole body use, overall coordination, movement ease, range, efficiency, flow, clarity, strength, precision, and overall technical mastery. Practicing and thinking through class material outside of class time is necessary.

20% - Choreography Assignments & Quizzes: Choreograph and perform TWO short Bhangra dance compositions in small groups, using movements and techniques learned in class. There will also be TWO quizzes, which consist of identifying the elements of Bhangra theory taught throughout the semester.

15% - Final Group Performance: The entire class will be taught approximately 3-4 minutes of choreography using traditional Bhangra movements, modern elements, stunts, and expression. To be performed during the final class and possibly also in a public space.

5% - Final Written Exam: Consists of identifying the elements of Bhangra theory taught throughout the entire semester.

***NOTE: Video may be used during the semester as an assessment tool.


In order to meet the standards of intellectual honesty, material paraphrased from a publication, lecture, personal interview, radio broadcast, or web site must be referenced. Unacknowledged restatement is plagiarism, as the university calendar explains: Intellectual dishonesty may take many forms. For example, the unacknowledged submission of the ideas or published material of others as one’s own constitutes plagiarism. While much academic work must involve the consideration of ideas and material originally conceived or made accessible by others, there is a significant difference between an acknowledged restatement of such ideas and materials after intelligent assimilation and the intentional, unacknowledged reproduction of them.

Pinpointing your sources gives you the chance to compare your understanding against the original and to revise vague or imprecise ideas. Information that is a matter of common knowledge and unlikely to be disputed does not need to be referenced. And, of course, your independently developed ideas, thought, observations, or conclusions do not require references.



Attendance in studio classes is MANDATORY. It is expected that you will be at every class and participate fully. Missed classes will negatively affect your grade. To avoid any sense of arbitrariness, tardiness and absences will be individually evaluated by the instructor, and a doctor’s or health official’s note may be required.


Because of the importance of appropriate warm-up to adequately warm and prepare the body for class and dancing, it is absolutely essential that you be on time. Tardiness will prevent optimal and most effective involvement and learning in the class.

  • If you arrive after attendance has been taken, it is your responsibility to notify instructors after class so that you will not be marked absent.
  • If you arrive too late to participate in class, you are expected to stay and observe the class and take legible notes on your observations.



Please come dressed prepared to move! This may include: dance wear/leotards and tights, gym wear, t-shirts, sweat/yoga pants, etc. You may wear layers, which you can remove as you get warmed up. Overly heavy clothing, which hinders the teacher and one’s own ability to view the dance movements, is not suggested. We will be working in bare feet, but you may warm-up in socks. If you have a medical condition or injury that requires you to wear footwear, please inform instructor right away. Please do not wear heavy, dangling jewelry (this is a safety issue), and secure hair away from the face. Please consider removing watches. No chewing gum allowed. Water bottles are welcome and recommended.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html