Dance Course Descriptions
105. Jazz Dance Technique I (I; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Beginning-level course on jazz as an American vernacular dance form emphasizing its roots in African and Latin cultural rhythms, as well as contemporary technique.
120. Modern Dance Technique I (I or II; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Beginning level technique emphasizing the basic principles of different modern dance styles, dynamics and alignment through floorwork, locomotor patterns, improvisation and movement combinations.
140. Ballet Technique I (I; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Beginning-level ballet course emphasizing fundamental classical ballet technique and vocabulary necessary for performance.
200. The Art of Chinese Watersleeve (I; 0, 2) Half course.
Studio training in the classical and folk dance forms of China, including Chinese traditional dance and specialized props, such as watersleeves, fans, ribbons, etc. Dance experience required.
205. Jazz Dance Technique II (AI and/or AII; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Intermediate/advanced jazz dance course emphasizing complex combinations in technique and rhythm of American vernacular, Broadway, and contemporary jazz.
207. Musical Theatre (AI or AII; 1, 2)
An experiential study of musical theatre as an art form with unique conventions and aesthetics, focusing on the performance and production elements of the Broadway stage. Some experience suggested. Crosslisted as THEA 207. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
220. Modern Dance Technique II (I and/or II; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Intermediate-level technique exploring the basic principles of different modern dance styles, alignment, dynamics, and musically through floorwork, locomotor patterns, and movement combinations. Prerequisite: DANC 120.
240. Ballet Technique II (I and/or II; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Intermediate-level ballet course emphasizing the development of technique and performance aesthetics.
250. History of Dance (I; 3, 0)
Survey of Western and non-Western dance forms both as reflective of cultural history and as an art form from ancient times to the present.
262. Dance Composition (II; 3, 2)
Introduction to the fundamental elements and underlying principles of the craft and art of dance composition emphasizing practical experience in structuring solo and group choreography.
263. World Dance and Culture (I; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Study of specific dance technique, performance theory, repertory section, and/or methodology emphasizing an experiential understanding of the specific genre.
265. Dance of Eastern Europe (II; 0, 2) Half course.
Studio-based course to introduce dances of Eastern Europe that reflect the diversity of the region.
273. American Social Dance (I; 3, 0) Half course.
No experience required. A kinesthetic American history course, this class will focus on the various popular dance forms of the 20th century common to American dance halls, television and movies, stage, and streets.
275. Dance Conditioning (I or II; 0, 3) Half course.
Introduction to principles of conditioning emphasizing strengthening, alignment, flexibility, and injury prevention through such integrative techniques as Pilates, Yoga, Floor Barre, and other body/mind systems.
319. Individual Projects (I or II; R)
Individual, special projects supervised by instructor. Prerequisites: junior or senior status and permission of the instructor.
320. Modern Dance Technique III (AI; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Advanced-level technique refining principles of different modern dance techniques, alignment, dynamics, and artistry through complex floorwork, locomotor patterns, and movement combinations. Prerequisite: DANC 220.
335. Advanced Training and Technique (AII; 0, 2)
This course is designed to supplement rigorous physical training for advanced dancers with ballet, jazz, and/or modern backgrounds. Prerequisites: DANC 205, DANC 220, or DANC 240 and permission of the instructor.
340. Ballet Technique III (AI; R; 0, 3) Half course.
Advanced-level ballet course emphasizing technical precision and expressive qualities in complex contemporary and classical ballet combinations.
355. Pointe and Variations (AII; R; 0, 2) Half course.
Advanced pointe technique emphasizing individual artistic development using classical or contemporary variations appropriate for each student's skill level and interest. Previous pointe experience required.
360. Rehearsal and Performance (I and II; R; 0, 3) Quarter course.
Quarter-course credit for substantial participation in dance production. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Course offered occasionally
215 Special Topics in Dance