The department is seeking funding to support expansions in staffing,
curriculum, and facilities. The current condition of technology, including
instructional support computers, equipment, and furniture, is as follows: In
Room 409, the piano, which is used to accompany dance classes, has been
repeatedly tuned and/or repaired, and is due to be replaced. Department faculty
use a SVHS format video camera for the purpose of videotaping and evaluating
student progress. Renovations to the lighting and sound systems are complete.
Further renovations, which include installing window coverings, will complete
the performance space project. Room 409 is designed specifically as a dance
studio, is the only such facility on campus, and is an extremely high traffic
facility, accommodating virtually all department offerings as well as dance
concert rehearsals, performances, and special events, which serve the college
and surrounding communities. Room 414, which measures approximately 10’x14’,
houses the entire dance department. This office space is overcrowded,
inefficient, and lacks any support furniture which could be specifically
designed to maximize work and storage spaces. In this room, the department
maintains three computers, which serve two full-time faculty, eight part-time
faculty, and the Dance Operations Facilitator.
Due to the fact that room 409 accommodates over 90% of all department
offerings, the impact of technology on curriculum is substantial. Completing
renovations to Room 409 and purchasing instructional technology and related
equipment are vital components to maintaining the current curriculum and
developing new curriculum.
Approximate Number of Students Served
The dance department serves approximately 1,100 Grossmont College students
and 2,000 students, teachers, and children in surrounding communities through
ongoing outreach programs per academic year. Perceived growth is only limited by
a lack of facilities. Additional facilities, either on or off-campus would allow
for continued growth.
Installation of equipment and instructional support furniture would, most
likely, require personnel support.
Year 1 (2004-2005)
Instructional support technology and equipment, which directly impact
classes held in Room 409, are of the highest priority.
The piano, which qualifies as support technology/equipment by virtue of the fact
that it is used to accompany dance classes, is more than 20 years old, has been
repaired and/or tuned numerous times, and is due to be replaced.
Educational and performance videos, which are used by faculty for research, and
also as instructional aides, are currently available on DVD format. Installing
DVD players in room 409 and the dance office would allow faculty and students to
take advantage of current technologies. Once a DVD is made available, older VHS
format tapes can be transferred to DVD and archived.
A digital DVD camera, which would be compatible with the abovementioned DVD
players, would assist faculty and students in evaluation of choreography,
technique and movement qualities. The camera would also be used to document
student and faculty dance performances. In addition, the camera would enable the
photographer to capture digital images, which could then be used to aid in
graphics for department promotional materials, and master classes.
A Body Fat/Composition scale would be used by faculty and students to gain some
perspective of individual body fat percentage and chart personal progress.
Action to Meet Objective
- Purchase and deliver one piano.
- Purchase and install two DVD players, one in room 409, and one in room
414. Purchase a digital DVD camera and tripod.
- Purchase a Body Fat/Composition scale.
- Piano delivery and installation of DVD players would require support
Year 2 (2005-2006)
The dance department office is a small, high-traffic space accommodating two
full-time faculty and one part-time facilitator. This space is also used by
eight adjunct faculty. The 10’x14’ office needs to be renovated to increase
organization, efficiency, and productivity. Included in the renovation would be
the acquisition of an additional computer for use by adjunct faculty, and the
purchase and installation of smaller and/or more streamlined technology in the
form of flat screen monitors. Having an efficient floor plan and appropriate
technology and support furniture will allow for more effective traffic flow,
increased storage, and expanded work spaces for the full-time and adjunct
faculty and the Dance Operations Facilitator.
Action to Meet Objective
- Purchase and install one new computer for use by adjunct faculty.
- Purchase and install four (4) flat screen monitors to maximize desk
space in Room 414.
- Purchase and install computer desks and additional office furniture in
the form of cabinetry and/or appropriate storage in the dance department
office (room 414).
- Installation of computers and furniture would require support personnel.
Year 3 (2006-2007)
Additional curtains installed over the windows in room 409, when closed,
would effectively block out all incoming light, creating a theatre setting for
video taping, rehearsals and performances. Having this capability would allow
faculty and students to use the lighting system at any time of day. Small
performances would also be made possible with this addition.
Action to Meet Objective
- Purchase and install a pull curtain system for the windows in room 409.