Course Listing

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Dance Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

DANC 101 - COMPOSITION
Studio work/lectures on the fundamentals of modern dance choreography through the development and awareness of a personal movement vocabulary and style. Course will explore rhythm, design in space, dynamics and motivation, as well as the development of thematic material and the devices used to manipulate that material. Assignments may include prop studies, pre-classic dance forms and dance studies set to poetry. Hours credit: 2. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 102 - COMPOSITION
Studio work/lectures on the fundamentals of modern dance choreography through the development and awareness of a personal movement vocabulary and style. Course will explore rhythm, design in space, dynamics and motivation, as well as the development of thematic material and the devices used to manipulate that material. Assignments may include prop studies, pre-classic dance forms and dance studies set to poetry. Hours credit: 2. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 121 - PILATES MAT I
Pilates is a body conditioning system developed by Joseph Pilates to enhance flexibility, coordination, and strength. The exercises emphasize breath, core- conditioning, and body awareness in a total body workout. Core stability creates proper alignment to promote long, lean muscles. Pilates is a safe, highly effective method of neuro-muscular conditioning to strengthen and streamline the body. This course focuses on the essential principles and progresses through a series of fundamental exercises. These non-impact exercises are suitable for a broad spectrum of people with varying levels and abilities. Hours Credit: 1. No prerequisites. No previous dance experience necessary. May be repeated for credit once. Considered an activity course. Offered on a pass/fail basis only.

DANC 131 - ELEM DANCE TECHNIQUE
This course introduces students to beginning modern dance technique and movement essentials, such as the locomotive movements of walking, running, slipping, and jumping, and the axial movements of bending, twisting, and turning. Hours credit: 1 or 1.5.

DANC 132 - ELEMENTARY DANCE TECHNIQUE
This course introduces students to beginning modern dance technique and movement essentials, such as the locomotive movements of walking, running, slipping, and jumping, and the axial movements of bending, twisting and turning. Hours credit: 1 or 1.5.

DANC 141 - ELEMENTARY BALLET
This course introduces students to the foundations of ballet technique. Hours credit: 1.

DANC 142 - ELEMENTARY BALLET
This course introduces students to the foundations of ballet technique. Hours credit: 1.

DANC 155 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 156 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 201 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Studio work/lectures on various techniques used to generate movement material from theme and variation, theme and manipulation, improvisation, accumulation and game planning. At this level students will be urged to explore choreography and form for multiple dancers. Assignments may include character studies through movement, canonic studies, and movement studies exploring assorted artistic movements, such as archaic, impressionistic, expressionistic or romantic. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: DANC 102 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 202 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Studio work/lectures on various techniques used to generate movement material from theme and variation, theme and manipulation, improvisation, accumulation and game planning. At this level students will be urged to explore choreography and form for multiple dancers. Assignments may include character studies through movement, canonic studies, and movement studies exploring assorted artistic movements, such as archaic, impressionistic, expressionistic or romantic. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: DANC 102 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 207 - HISTORY OF DANCE I
The first half of this course looks at defining dance; exploring who dances, how, why, where, and when; dance and religion; dance as a form of ethnic identity; sex and social dance; and the development of theatrical dance forms. The second half of the class looks at the ancient roots of Western-based theatrical dance forms from ancient Egypt to eighteenth century France. Hours credit: 3.

DANC 208 - HISTORY OF DANCE II
A survey of the history of Western-based dance forms beginning with the era of Romanticism and going through to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the role women have played in the development of nineteenth and twentieth century social and theatrical dance forms in Europe and the USA. Hours credit: 3.

DANC 209 - LIVING ANATOMY I
A study of musculoskeletal anatomy of the living, moving human being. An examination of physical laws and principles affecting human motion. Through personal experience, reading and class discussion we explore balanced body alignment, and everyday and specialized movement patterns. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Some exposure to dance technique or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

DANC 210 - LIVING ANATOMY II
An overview of various body therapies and elements of fitness that aid dancers and non-dancer in longevity of career and quality of life. A survey of the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Dance 209. Offered alternate years.

DANC 222 - PILATES MAT II
This course will review the essential principles and fundamental exercises of Joseph Pilates' body conditioning system (see Pilates Mat I) and progress to the intermediate and advanced exercises. The focus will be on total body exercises that rebalance the body to its optimal state of alignment and function. Hours credit: 1. No prerequisites, DANC 121 is recommended. May be repeated once for credit. Considered an activity course. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. Alternate years.

DANC 231 - INTERMEDIATE DANCE TECHNIQUE
This course exposes students to a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/recovery, shift of weight, etc. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 131, 132 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 232 - INTERMEDIATE DANCE TECHNIQUE
This course exposes students to a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/recovery, shift of weight, etc. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 131, 132 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 241 - INTERMEDIATE BALLET
This course allows students to continue their previous studies in the art and technique of classical ballet. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 141, 142 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 242 - INTERMEDIATE BALLET
This course allows students to continue their previous studies in the art and technique of classical ballet. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 141, 142 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 255 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 256 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 261 - JAZZ TECHNIQUE
This class will explore energy, time, and space by incorporating different qualities of motion, concepts of rhythm and accent-making, and employing those concepts through energy-driven exercises, movement sequences, and activities. Taught primarily in the Jump Rhythm technique, this class incorporates simple and complex rhythms in swinging and latin jazz, blues and funk music and focuses on sharing those rhythms and energy with peers in the class. Hours credit: 1.

DANC 262 - DANCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE
This course exposes students to jazz technique and choreography as it relates to the musical theatre stage. Employing energy-driven exercises, movement sequences, and activities useful to those interested in dance and musical theatre, students will acquire performing confidence and knowledge that will help them choreograph for community theatre or audition for the Broadway stage. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: 100-level dance technique course or permission of the instructor.

DANC 301 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Lectures and studio work in principles of movement as related to performing dance techniques. Experimentation with different contemporary points of view in solo and small group compositions. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: DANC 202.

DANC 302 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Lectures and studio work in principles of movement as related to performing dance techniques. Experimentation with different contemporary points of view in solo and small group compositions. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: DANC 202.

DANC 313 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Concentrated individual work in the particular area in which the student desires additional training. Hours credit: 1, 2, or 3. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

DANC 314 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Concentrated individual work in the particular area in which the student desires additional training. Hours credit: 1, 2, or 3. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

DANC 331 - ADVANCED DANCE TECHNIQUE I
This course allows students to continue their previous dance studies by learning a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/recovery, shift of weight, etc. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 231, 232 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 332 - ADVANCED DANCE TECHNIQUE II
This course allows students to continue their previous dance studies by learning a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/recovery, shift of weight, etc. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 231, 232 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 341 - ADVANCED BALLET & POINTE
This course allows students to continue their previous studies in the art and technique of classical ballet. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 241, 242 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Student works on pointe at the discretion of the instructor.

DANC 342 - ADVANCED BALLET & POINTE
This course allows students to continue their previous studies in the art and technique of classical ballet. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 241, 242 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Student works on pointe at the discretion of the instructor.

DANC 355 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 356 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 431 - ADVANCED DANCE TECHNIQUE II
This course allows students to continue their previous dance studies by learning a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/recovery, shift of weight, etc. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 331, 332 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 432 - ADVANCED DANCE TECHNIQUE II
This course allows students to continue their previous dance studies by learning a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/recovery, shift of weight, etc. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 331, 332 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 441 - ADV BALLET&POINTE II
This course allows students to continue their previous studies in the art and technique of classical ballet. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 341, 342 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 442 - ADV BALLET&POINTE II
This course allows students to continue their previous studies in the art and technique of classical ballet. Hours credit: 1, 1.5, or 2.0. Prerequisite DANC 341, 342 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 455 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 456 - REPERTORY
Rehearsal and performance of dance works are choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. Hours credit: 1. For students not majoring in dance, these courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis only. Corequisite: a dance technique course.

DANC 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR
Since the focus of this seminar for each student is the creation of a fully-produced piece of choreography, students will be required to read, write, and discuss aspects of the creative process before they begin work on their individual senor projects. Students will also be reflecting on the role of dance in American culture and the role of dance in education. They will also be responsible for a final paper that relects on the student's creative process and the final product of that process. Hours credit: 2 or 3. Perequisite: permission of the Department.

DANC 494 - SENIOR SEMINAR
Independent work, the content to be related to the field of the major's primary interest. If concentrating on composition, the student prepares and performs a significant choreographic work and writes a paper on its background. If concentrating on technique and performance, the student undertakes supervised practice teaching. Hours credit: 2 or 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

DANC 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

DANC 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR