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DAN-110: Beginning Dance Technique Session(s): Fall | 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-149: Tap I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A beginning level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with no previous tap experience.


DAN-151: Ballet I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of ballet including its vocabulary, technique, history and performance.  Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-152: Folk and Square Dance 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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of modern dance including warm-up, alignment, technique, history and performance.  Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-154: Jazz I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A basic study of jazz dance including warm-up, isolations, technique and history.  Appropriate for beginning-level students.


DAN-155: African Dance 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 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 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 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 Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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-249: Tap II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A post-beginning level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with some training in tap.


DAN-251: Ballet II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A low-intermediate level study of ballet technique. Appropriate for post-beginning ballet dancers or intermediate/advanced dancers with or without ballet experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-252: Participation in Choreographic Projects Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A low-intermediate level study of modern dance technique. Appropriate for post-beginning modern dancers or intermediate/advanced dancers with or without modern dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-254: Jazz II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A low-intermediate level study of jazz dance technique. Appropriate for post-beginning jazz dancers or intermediate/advanced dancers with or without jazz dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-256: Dance Composition I Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 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 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 Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Every Year

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 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 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 Session(s): Spring; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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. Prerequisites: DAN-160 and ENG-111.


DAN-299: Dance Research 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-349: Tap III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An intermediate level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with substantive tap experience.


DAN-351: Ballet III 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 advanced dancers with at least some ballet experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-352: Dance Repertory 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. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers.


DAN-353: Modern III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced-intermediate level study of modern dance technique with focus on the use of dynamics, phrasing, strength and range. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some modern dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-354: Jazz III Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced-intermediate level study of jazz dance technique with focus on the fine tuning of physical and performing skills. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some jazz dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-356: Dance Composition II Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 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: Western Theatrical Dance Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A survey of the development of western theatrical dance from the 19th century to the present, with particular emphasis on 20th century ballet and modern dance in the United States. Through visual and verbal texts, lecture, discussion, and critical response writings, students will become familiar with major artists, their philosophies, and the social contexts in which they worked.


DAN-360: Movement Structure and Function Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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-449: Tap IV Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced level study of tap dance technique including traditional vocabulary, contemporary vocabulary, development of style, improvisation, fundamentals of music, polyrhythms and choreography. Appropriate for students with extensive training in tap.


DAN-451: Ballet IV 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 advanced dancers with at least some ballet experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-453: Modern IV 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 advanced dancers with at least some modern dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-454: Jazz IV Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An advanced level of study of jazz dance technique with emphasis on the rhythmic phrasing, range and performance. Appropriate for advanced dancers with at least some jazz dance experience. Dance majors and minors may repeat for credit.


DAN-455: Performing Arts Administration 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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-160, DAN-159, DAN-260.  Offered every third semester. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


DAN-762: Methods of Teaching Dance, K-12 Session(s): Spring; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


DAN-763: Reflective Teaching Session(s): Fall; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


DAT-430: Selected Topics in Dance and Theater 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-160 plus 6 hours completed in Dance or Theatre.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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