Dance

The Dance program examines dance choreography, performance, and aesthetic in diverse dance styles and techniques. Students take dance courses to prepare for a major, to fulfill general education requirements, and for personal and professional enrichment. The department offers performance opportunities to both majors and non-majors. Career options include professional performance or choreography, dance studio or company management, child development, dance therapy, movement analysis, dance ethnology, dance criticism, dance science, academic research, and teaching.
 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Dave Massey

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

www.miracosta.edu/DNCE

Department: Dance

Office: Building OC4700, 760.795.6816

Full-Time Faculty

Trisha Hanada-Rogers
Dave Massey

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Dance

The Dance program offers lower-division preparation for students who plan to transfer to pursue a bachelor's degree in dance. Students planning to transfer and/or earn this associate degree may also need to complete additional requirements or electives required by the transfer institution, as many CSUs and UCs have unique admissions and preparation-for-the-major requirements. Students should meet with a MiraCosta College counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written plan for their targeted university.

Required courses: 
DNCE 100Dance Appreciation3
or DNCE 101 Dance History
or DNCE 105 Dance Cultures of the World
DNCE 154Ballet II3
DNCE 160Rehearsal and Performance1.5
or DNCE 162 Dance Arts Ensemble I
or DNCE 262 Dance Arts Ensemble II
DNCE 168Jazz Dance II1.5
DNCE 178Modern Dance II3
DNCE 185Choreography I3
Select 10 units from the following list of courses: 10
Ballroom Dance Performance I
Ballroom Dance Performance II
Latin Dance Performance I
Latin Dance Performance II
Ballet I
Ballet II
Pilates Mat Work I
MiraCosta College Show Choir
Dance Arts Ensemble I
Creative Dance and Improvisation
Jazz Dance I
Jazz Dance II
Introduction to World Dance Forms
Selected World Dance
Modern Dance I
Modern Dance II
Commercial Dance
Choreography II
Tap Dance I
Tap Dance II
Dance Touring Ensemble
Dance Repertory
Jazz Dance III
Dance Pedagogy
Total Units25

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Dance Instructor

The Dance Instructor certificate prepares dancers to teach in private studios, recreational facilities, or community dance programs. Students study theory and technique courses in dance choreography, performance, and instruction. They gain a well-rounded foundation in dance that encompasses a variety of dance genres and teaching methodologies. Most candidates for this certificate already have experience in a specific dance genre and need to gain a broader understanding and experience in the overall field of dance education.

Required courses: 
DNCE 105Dance Cultures of the World3
DNCE 140Ballroom Dance Performance I1
or DNCE 146 Latin Dance Performance I
DNCE 152Ballet I1.5
DNCE 160Rehearsal and Performance1.5
or DNCE 162 Dance Arts Ensemble I
DNCE 168Jazz Dance II1.5
DNCE 178Modern Dance II1.5
DNCE 185Choreography I3
DNCE 186Choreography II3
DNCE 288Dance Pedagogy2
DNCE 260Dance Touring Ensemble1.5
or DNCE 261 Dance Repertory
or DNCE 262 Dance Arts Ensemble II
Select 3 units from the following:3
Dance Stretch
Creative Dance and Improvisation
Introduction to World Dance Forms
Musical Theatre Dance
Commercial Dance
Dance Repertory
Dance Arts Ensemble II
Internship Studies
Total Units22.5

 

Certificate of Achievement

Pilates Instructor

The Pilates Instructor certificate prepares students to teach in a Pilates studio, health club, recreational facility, or rehabilitation center or to develop their own small business. The student takes theory and technique courses in Pilates mat work and apparatus taught by certified Pilates professionals. The student learns methods to appraise and design suitable exercise programs for people of all ages and physical conditions.

To prepare the student for employment, instruction uses both classroom work with a variety of instructional methods, such as lecture, lab/demonstration, and independent/group projects, and internship experiences in Pilates and fitness facilities.

Required courses: 
DNCE 157Pilates Apparatus I1
DNCE 159Pilates Mat Work I1
DNCE 257Pilates Apparatus II1.5
DNCE 258Pilates Pedagogy1.5
DNCE 259Pilates Mat Work II1.5
BIO 190Survey of Human Musculoskeletal System1
KINE 190Introduction to Kinesiology3
DNCE 292Internship Studies2.5
Select at least 3 elective units from the following3
Small Business Management
Entrepreneur I
Entrepreneur II
Total Units16
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Courses

DNCE 100: Dance Appreciation

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students who completed DNCE 101 before Fall 2009.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course examines the aesthetics of dance using the elements of time, space, and energy. It introduces students to the origins of dance within cultural contexts. Topics include dance genres, movement vocabulary, notation symbols, and dance-production elements that choreographers use to convey their creative intent. Students are required to attend a live dance performance.

DNCE 101: Dance History

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides a historical survey of dance in western civilization from antiquity to the present. It emphasizes the cultural context and historical development of ballet and modern dance, and it relates dance to other art forms within various historical periods. Students are required to attend a live dance performance.

DNCE 105: Dance Cultures of the World

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course surveys dance around the world in a cultural and social context. It emphasizes the different ways dance is used to express ideas about the relationship between a person and the body, the opposite sex, religion, cultural traditions, and ritual. Cultures include Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, North America, and Eastern Europe.

DNCE 140: Ballroom Dance Performance I

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course introduces beginning principles and techniques of American and international ballroom dances, such as the fox-trot, waltz, tango, and swing. Students learn and perform ballroom dance choreography while improving alignment, musicality, partnering skills, and styling. Topics include historical and multicultural aspects of ballroom dances. Students are required to attend a live dance performance.

DNCE 143: Ballroom Dance Performance II

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This continued study of ballroom dance principles and techniques focuses on intermediate-level American and international ballroom dances, including slow waltz, Viennese waltz, tango, quickstep, jitterbug swing, and lindy hop. Students learn and perform ballroom dance choreography while improving alignment, musicality, styling, and partnering skills. Topics include historical and multicultural aspects of these dance forms. Students are required to attend a live dance performance.

DNCE 146: Latin Dance Performance I

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course introduces beginning principles and techniques of Latin American dances, such as the salsa, cha cha, and merengue. Students learn and perform Latin dance choreography while improving alignment, timing, footwork, styling, and partnering techniques. Topics include historical and multicultural aspects of Latin dances. Students are required to attend a live dance concert.

DNCE 147: Latin Dance Performance II

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 146.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This continued study of Latin dance principles and techniques focuses on intermediate Latin American dances, including rumba, samba, and mambo. Students learn and perform Latin dance choreography while improving alignment, styling, and musicality. Topics include historical and multicultural aspects of these dance forms. Students are required to attend a live dance concert.

DNCE 152: Ballet I

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of ballet technique, principles, and terminology. It prepares students for more advanced study in ballet. Topics include terminology, variations of ballet barre, center, petite allegro, adagio, and grande allegro work. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition, and they are required to attend a live dance performance. ( May be repeated three times.)

DNCE 154: Ballet II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 152.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on intermediate ballet technique, principles, and terminology. It prepares students for more advanced study in ballet. Topics include terminology, variations of ballet barre, center, petit allegro, adagio, and grande allegro work. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition. (May be repeated three times.)

DNCE 157: Pilates Apparatus I

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: DNCE 159.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course, on the Universal Reformer, is based on the exercises and concepts of the techniques developed by Joseph Pilates. It will include Pilates-based work on the Universal Reformer. The exercises will develop and improve body alignment, strength, flexibility, control, coordination, and breathing. It will also aid in correcting imbalances or dance/sports injuries. The course includes beginning and beginning/intermediate levels of instruction. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Any or all activity courses, maximum credit, 4 units.

DNCE 158: Dance Stretch

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course includes specific flexibility and strengthening exercises designed to improve overall body awareness. It introduces students to body awareness programs, such as yoga, ideokinesis, gyrokinesis, Pilates, Alexander, and Feldenkrais techniques. Students are required to attend a live dance performance. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Any or all activity courses, maximum credit, 4 units.

DNCE 159: Pilates Mat Work I

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This Pilates conditioning course emphasizes basic Pilates mat work exercises and body awareness that lead to improved strength, flexibility, control, coordination, body alignment, and breathing. Students learn basic Pilates principles to develop a kinesiological awareness for improved dance/sports technique and performance. (May be repeated two times.) UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Any or all activity courses, maximum credit, 4 units.

DNCE 160: Rehearsal and Performance

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course develops students' dance performance skills from the studio environment to the stage. Students work with faculty and student choreographers in both traditional and contemporary dance styles to ultimately learn, rehearse, and complete a student-choreographed dance for a live and recorded performance. The course examines performance techniques, how dance choreography is interpreted, and the relationship between dance choreography and musical accompaniment.

DNCE 161: MiraCosta College Show Choir

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: MUS 162
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

Show Choir performs songs and dances in a variety of genres, including country, pop, rock, show tunes, and other musical and dance styles. Students learn choreographic sequences in conjunction with learning the music repertoire for performances throughout the semester.

DNCE 162: Dance Arts Ensemble I

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides the opportunity for the beginning-to-intermediate dancer to rehearse and perform works choreographed by faculty for live and recorded performance. The course covers all phases of the dance concert process from audition and rehearsal to performance. Students perform under professional working conditions and requirements and experience different choreography, musical accompaniment, and dance styles each semester the course is offered. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 163: Creative Dance and Improvisation

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course develops improvisational skills in dance. Creative movement is explored through various stimuli such as music, sound, text, art, etc., which leads to the acquisition of basic improvisational skills. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 166: Jazz Dance I

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of jazz-dance technique, principles, and terminology. It prepares students for a more advanced study in jazz dance. Topics include terminology, warm-up, on-the-diagonal combinations, and dance combinations center floor. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition. Students are required to attend a live dance performance. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 168: Jazz Dance II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 166
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides study in intermediate jazz-dance technique, principles, and terminology. It prepares students for a more advanced study in jazz dance. Topics include terminology, warm-up center floor, on-the-diagonal combinations, and dance combinations center floor. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 169: Introduction to World Dance Forms

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course introduces the dance and music of various world dance cultures, including Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Europe. Students learn basic dance steps, postures, rhythms, timing, and movements of different world dance forms. The course examines the function and aesthetic of dance within various cultures, such as ritual, social, and artistic expression. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition, and they are required to attend a live dance performance. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 171: Selected World Dance

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.00)

This course offers a concentrated study of dance movement and technique from a selected world dance culture. It emphasizes understanding the world dance culture's particular style, aesthetic, and cultural significance. Students learn the specific posture, alignment, rhythms, footwork, arm movements, and musicality of the selected world dance form. Topics may vary to include dances from Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. Students are required to attend a live dance concert.

DNCE 176: Modern Dance I

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course introduces modern dance principles and techniques, exploring the elements of time, space, energy, and shape. Students learn correct body alignment, rhythm, breath, and balance through the study and practice of modern dance combinations. Students are required to attend a live dance performance. (May be repeated three times.)

DNCE 178: Modern Dance II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 176
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course is a continued study of modern dance, based on the principles of contraction and release, fall and recovery, and effort/shape. Students learn movement combinations and group choreography, utilizing intermediate modern dance technique, improvisation, and choreographic variations. Students are required to attend a live dance concert. (May be repeated three times.)

DNCE 179: Musical Theatre Dance

Units: 1-2
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 6 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on dance techniques within the context of historical and contemporary Broadway musicals and/or plays. Students assess how movement, energy, stage presence, and musicality affect level of performance, and they integrate these techniques into choreography and a theatrical performance. Entry into this course is by audition.

DNCE 183: Commercial Dance

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1008.10)

This course emphasizes movement for commercial dance work used in movies, concert dance, television, musical theater, and videos offering current trends in popular dance styles. It includes turns, floor work, leaps, and rhythm techniques. Students are required to attend a live dance performance. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Any or all activity courses, maximum credit, 4 units.

DNCE 185: Choreography I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 152, DNCE 166, or DNCE 176.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on the art and craft of choreography using the compositional dance principles of time, space, and energy. Students analyze dances by contemporary choreographers and create dance sequences using structured improvisation, movement exploration, and musical interpretation. The course emphasizes solo and small-group work.

DNCE 186: Choreography II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DNCE 185.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course continues the development of choreographic concepts and skills from DNCE 185. Students create and craft dance compositions based on the principles of time, space, and energy, expanding movement concepts from solo or small-group work to larger-group choreography. Topics include music/accompaniment and basic costume design. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 191: Tap Dance I

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides study in beginning tap-dance technique, principles, and terminology. It prepares students for a more advanced study in tap dance. Topics include terminology, warm-up, combinations across the floor, and center-floor combinations. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 193: Tap Dance II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 191
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides study in intermediate tap-dance technique, principles, and terminology. It prepares students for a more advanced study in tap dance. Topics include terminology, warm-up, combinations across the floor, and center-floor combinations. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition. (May be repeated one time.)

DNCE 257: Pilates Apparatus II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: DNCE 157
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on the intermediate through advanced exercises and concepts using the Universal Reformer developed by Joseph H. Pilates. The exercises focus on improved body alignment, strength, flexibility, control, centering, coordination, and breathing. This course employs a series of exercises designed to enhance dance performance and prevent injury. It also aids in dance/sports rehabilitation. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Any or all activity courses, maximum credit, 4 units.

DNCE 258: Pilates Pedagogy

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: DNCE 157 and DNCE 259.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course is designed for the intermediate/advanced Pilates student. It covers the theory and practical application of teaching Pilates. Topics include assessment, goal setting, lesson plans, communication, cueing, precautions, and modifications for Pilates clients.

DNCE 259: Pilates Mat Work II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: DNCE 159.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course focuses on the intermediate through advanced exercises and concepts developed by Joseph H. Pilates. The exercises focus on improved body alignment, strength, flexibility, control, centering, coordination, and breathing. This course employs a series of exercises designed to enhance dance performance and prevent injury. It also aids dance/sports rehabilitation. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Any or all activity courses, maximum credit, 4 units.

DNCE 260: Dance Touring Ensemble

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course allows students to study traditional and contemporary choreography through rehearsal and competitive performance. Dancers participate in concerts and festivals on campus and throughout the community and region, including American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) competitions. Students experience different repertoire each semester the course is offered. (May be repeated three times.)

DNCE 261: Dance Repertory

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides analysis and aesthetic study of existing, major choreographic works by dance faculty or guest artists. Students participate in the creative process, production, and performance of a complete dance work while studying its aesthetic form and content.

DNCE 262: Dance Arts Ensemble II

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides the opportunity for the intermediate-to-advanced dancer to rehearse and perform works choreographed by faculty for live and recorded performance. The course covers all phases of the dance concert process from audition and rehearsal to performance. Students perform under professional working conditions and requirements.

DNCE 266: Jazz Dance III

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DNCE 168
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course provides study in advanced jazz-dance technique, principles, and terminology. Topics include terminology, warm-up center floor, on-the-diagonal combinations, and dance combinations center floor.

DNCE 288: Dance Pedagogy

Units: 2
Prerequisites: DNCE 146, DNCE 152, DNCE 166, or DNCE 176.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1008.10)

This course for dancers with a strong understanding of dance technique and aesthetics covers the theory and practical application of teaching dance. Topics include the analysis of objectives, principles, and techniques of dance instruction, including the development of lesson plans, syllabi, musical accompaniment, and student-learning outcomes for a variety of levels, styles, and settings.

DNCE 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

DNCE 296: Topics in Dance

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 0.5 hours.
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 1.5 hours.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 2.5 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1008.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Dance that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

DNCE 298: Directed Study in Dance

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1008.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

DNCE 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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