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DAN-110 Beginning Dance Technique (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Designed for students who have little or no prior dance training, this course is an introduction to basic dance movements and technique principals common to ballet, jazz, and modern dance. This course teaches foundational skills of alignment, movement articulation, weight transfer, locomotion, and execution of dance sequences. Fulfills Physical Learning requirement of general education. May be repeated up to two credit hours.

DAN-151 Ballet I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A basic study of ballet including its vocabulary, technique, history and performance. Appropriate for beginning-level students.

DAN-152 Folk and Square Dance (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
An introduction to international folk dances, American square dances and contemporary Country-Western dances. Appropriate for all levels. Also offered as PED-152.

DAN-153 Modern I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A basic study of modern dance including warm-up, alignment, technique, history and performance. Appropriate for beginning-level students.

DAN-154 Jazz I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A basic study of jazz dance including warm-up, isolations, technique and history. Appropriate for beginning-level students.

DAN-155 African Dance (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
A basic study of the movement vocabulary and technique of many of the cultural, social, and ritual dances of Africa. The class will be accompanied with traditional African percussion music. Appropriate for beginning-level students.

DAN-156 World Dance Technique (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
A basic study of the movement and culture of dance techniques found throughout the world. Techniques studied will include, but not be limited to, Latin, Indian, and Asian dance forms. Each semester course offered will focus on one technique and will be selected by the Dance Program.

DAN-159 Movement Improvisation (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An experiential study of the expressiveness of one's own movement vocabulary based on the skill of moving spontaneously.

DAN-160 Perspectives in Dance (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
This course introduces students to various styles of dance technique, professional practices, professional opportunities, dance composition, dance production, and writing about dance. Dance techniques will be explored at a low-intermediate level, therefore experience in one or more styles of modern, ballet, and/or jazz is recommended.

DAN-200 Dance in Society (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
Through a broad survey of different genres of dance, students will gain an appreciation of the way this art form reflects social and historical experiences. The course will include lectures, readings, and opportunities to see dance through video, observations and live performances.

DAN-251 Ballet II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A low-intermediate level study of ballet technique. Appropriate for post-beginning students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-252 Participation in Choreographic Projects (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
This is an opportunity for dance students to gain rehearsal and performance experience by working with choreography students who are enrolled in DAN-356, Dance Composition II. Students will learn, rehearse, and perform in assigned compositional studies. Rehearsal time outside of class will be required. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: DAN-159.

DAN-253 Modern II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A low-intermediate level study of modern dance technique. Appropriate for post-beginning students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-254 Jazz II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A low-intermediate level study of jazz dance technique. Appropriate for post-beginning students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-256 Dance Composition I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
An introductory course to the basic elements of solo modern dance choreography, including the use of space, time, energy, abstraction, motif and development, basic form, and the selection of music. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: DAN-159.

DAN-258 Mind/Body Integration (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
A unique approach to movement and postural re-education through increasing body awareness, breathing techniques, and stress reduction techniques. Students will learn to identify and correct inefficient movement patterns and establish better mechanical balance of their skeletal structure. No prior movement experience needed.

DAN-259 Improvisation II (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
A course designed to involve further exploration of spontaneous movement. In the process of honing improvisation skills, students will refine their understanding of improvisation as a medium for both performance and for self-understanding. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: DAN-159.

DAN-260 Movement Analysis (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
This class integrates the understanding of concepts within Labanalysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals with the development of intermediate-level modern dance technique. Students will discover the fundamental aesthetic and functional elements of human movement, working toward the thorough embodiment and accurate observation of these elements in dance activities. Learning methods will include discussions, readings, experiential-based movement, explorations, observations, and technical practice of modern dance. Prerequisites: Intermediate-level ability in dance technique as evidenced by completion of a 200-level dance technique course or through consultation with the instructor.

DAN-261 Music for Dance (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
A study of the basic principles underlying the relationship between music and dance. Topics covered will include musical notation, musical terminology, basic accompaniment, teacher/accompanist relationships, and relationships between choreography and music. Students enrolling in the course should have rudimentary experience with dance/movement.

DAN-290 Production for Dance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
An introduction to the process and practice of lighting design, sound design, costume design, stage management, backstage operations, and front of house procedures for dance productions with particular focus on dance in arts education settings. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between production practices and the artistic process. Prerequisites: Not recommended for Freshmen.

DAN-297 Methods of Research in Dance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
An introductory course that surveys modes of inquiry in current dance scholarship. Specific attention is given to research design, methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks in dance research. Recommended to be taken sophomore year. Prerequisite: DAN-150 and ENG-111.

DAN-299 Dance Research (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An introduction to theories, methods and ethics of aesthetic inquiry. Students will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work. This course is open to majors and minors and others with instructor approval.

DAN-351 Ballet III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An advanced-intermediate level study of ballet technique with focus on the fine tuning of physical and performing skills. Appropriate for upper level students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-352 Dance Repertory (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course is designed to provide opportunities for student dancers to work with faculty choreographers in the creation of a performance piece for a dance concert. Emphasis is placed on developing performance skills and engaging in the choreographic process from inception to completion. Instructor's consent required. Course may be repeated for credit.

DAN-353 Modern III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An advanced-intermediate level study of modern dance technique with emphasis on the use of dynamics, phrasing, strength and range. Appropriate for upper level students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-354 Jazz III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An advanced-intermediate study of jazz dance technique with emphasis on rhythmic phrasing, range and performance skills. Appropriate for upper level students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-356 Dance Composition II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
The study of modern dance choreography for groups. Using improvisation, assigned movement problems, and viewings of 20th-century modern dance choreography, students will learn the process of crafting the basic elements of choreography into group form. Prerequisite: DAN-256.

DAN-358 Movement Studio for Somatics (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
This techniques class integrates the understanding of somatic principles with the development of intermediate-level modern dance technique. Students will discover ease and efficiency in movement, develop movement virtuosity, adopt practices to prevent injury, and expand their ability to express a wide range of movement dynamics. In deepening one's mastery of modern dance, the application of somatic practice promotes integrating physical, emotional, anatomical, and aesthetic understanding through conceptual and experiential practice. Learning methods will include discussions, readings, experiential-based movement explorations, hands on guidance, and technical practice of modern dance. Prerequisites: Intermediate-level ability in dance technique as evidenced by completion of a 200-level dance technique course or through consultation with the instructor.

DAN-359 Dance History (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
A survey of the historical development of dance as an art form during the 17th through 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on contemporary dance. Content includes in-depth look at the artists, their philosophies, and the social context within which they worked. Not recommended for freshmen.

DAN-360 Movement Structure and Function (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
This course expands upon the study of aesthetic and functional elements of human movement begun in DAN-260, Movement Analysis. In DAN-360, Movement Structure and Function we focus on conceptual and experiential understanding of basic anatomical, mechanical, and somatic principles that underlie dance technique. Through readings, discussions, movement explorations, observations, imagery visualizations, and technical practice of modern dance, we will develop knowledge of anatomical function and deepen kinesthetic awareness. Prerequisite: DAN-260.

DAN-361 Creative Arts Touring Company (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
This course integrates the understanding and demonstration of dance content knowledge. Students will engage in creating, producing, and performing arts education in public settings. Students will apply knowledge and technical skills in dance technique, technology, production, pedagogy, and leadership to successfully communicate and express current cultural and social issues. This course culminates in an arts performance. Prerequisite: DAN-761 and Pre- or Co-Requisite: DAN-290.

DAT-430 Selected Topics in Dance and Theater (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
This course provides an opportunity for students to focus in depth on a specific topic relevant to theory and/or practice within Dance and Theatre. Topics may include but will not be limited to cultural and societal issues, the body as an artistic instrument, current trends in the field, technology, creative practice, and critical response. Topics are on rotation and may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: THE-114 and/or DAN-150 plus 6 hours completed in Dance or Theatre.

DAN-451 Ballet IV (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An advanced level study of ballet technique with focus on the refinement of physical and performing skill. Appropriate for upper level students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-453 Modern IV (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An advanced level study of modern dance technique with emphasis on the use of dynamics, phrasing, strength and ranges. Appropriate for upper level students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-454 Jazz IV (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
An advanced level study of jazz dance technique with emphasis on rhythmic phrasing, range and performance. Appropriate for upper level students. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.

DAN-455 Performing Arts Administration (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
A survey of arts management and administration techniques, including establishing and running a non-profit organization, grant writing, fund raising, publicity and promotion, budgeting and time management.

DAN-456 Meredith Dance Theatre (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A performing company which encourages exploration of the creative process through student choreography, as well as the performance of works by faculty and guest choreographers. Auditions are held the first week of classes. Instructor's consent required.

DAN-457 Pedagogy in Dance Technique (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in teaching. Students will work one-on-one with a dance faculty member on topics that may include, but are not limited to, structure of a class, student/teacher interaction, anatomy of concepts and movements, verbal and visual imagery, conveying technical and qualitative ideas, and group versus individual feedback. Prerequisites: DAN-159, DAN-260.

DAN-460 Dance Practicum (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in such areas as somatics, arts administration, video for dance, and others. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.

DAN-461 Dance Practicum in Performance (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in performance through rehearsing, contributing to the choreographic process, and reflecting on performance roles in a dance to be performed in a formal concert. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.

DAN-462 Dance Practicum - Choreography (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in choreography through casting, creating, rehearsing, and producing a dance to be performed in a formal concert. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.

DAN-463 Dance Practicum - Technical Theatre (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An opportunity for students to gain practical experience in technical theatre for dance by working on a production team as a stage manager, light board operator, sound board operator, or backstage crew for one or more dance concerts. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Course may be repeated for credit.

DAN-464 Dance Practicum - Private Studio Teaching (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This practicum is designed as a field teaching experience in private studio teaching. Emphasis is placed on students gaining experience in observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating teaching skills. Students will also research marketing, communication, advertising, and performance production within their practicum experience. All course specifications must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Pre-requisite: DAN-761. Pre- or Co-requisite: DAN-457. Pass/Fail grading only.

DAN-480 Internship in Performing Arts Administration (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
A supervised experience in arts administration with an approved arts organization, government agency, or arts event production team. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, office management, event production, organization development and advancement, grant writing, marketing and promotion, audience development, and advocacy, etc. Through this internship students will gain professional experience and will connect their applied experience with the knowledge and skills studied in their discipline. Student will fulfill 40 hours per credit hour as approved by the professor. Pre-requisite: Limited to junior or senior majors in dance or minors in arts management with a 2.00 or higher GPA.

DAN-498 Honors Thesis in Dance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to theories, methods and ethics of aesthetic inquiry. Students will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work. This course is open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the dance faculty.

DAN-499 Dance Research (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to theories, methods and ethics of aesthetic inquiry. Students will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and/or performance work. This course is open to senior majors and minors and others with instructor approval.

DAN-580 Internship in Professional Performance (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course provides an academic connection to and context for students in a supervised internship with a professional or semi-professional dance company as either company assistant, apprentices, or full company members. Students will work 40 hours per credit hour as part of the company in identified performance areas including but not limited to rehearsal preparation, rehearsal, performance preparation, performance, and post production. Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate in Professional Performance Program in dance.

DAN-590 Advanced Practicum in Dance Performance (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An advanced experience in dance performance designed for students performing dance repertory by faculty or professional choreographers in on-campus or off-campus venues, or by students in professional venues such as the American College Dance Festival. Students must work 40 hours per credit hours in rehearsal, rehearsal preparation, performance, and post performance reflection. Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate in Professional Performance Program.

DAN-761 Theory & Approaches to Dance Education (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
A focus on the theoretical foundations for dance education. Students come to understand the relationship between theory and practice of dance education through observations, reflection, and discussion. Attention is given to the relationship between the theories of teaching and the methods used as they relate to stated goals. Prerequisites: DAN-150, DAN-159, DAN-260. Offered every third semester.

DAN-762 Methods of Teaching Dance, K-12 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
A study of dance in public school settings with a focus on teaching methods. Content includes observations, writing lesson plans, exploring and experiencing teaching approaches, and examining methods of evaluation. Prerequisites: DAN-761. Offered every third semester.

DAN-763 Reflective Teaching (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
A course designed to provide the student with directed field experience in teaching dance. Course content includes developing lesson plans, guided teaching experiences, and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on critical reflection about teaching and learning. Prerequisites: DAN-761, DAN-762 and admission to licensure program.

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