Course Descriptions

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100. Introduction to Dance.

Credit 3 hours. A non-technical course open to all interested persons. A study of the art and language of dance. Through lecture, observations, and discussions, this course is designed to develop appreciation, awareness and insight of dance as an art form and as a movement point of view. Opportunities provided to attend concerts and demonstrations. (Fall, Spring)

200. Dance for the Community.

Credit 3 hours. This course is designed to provide students with (1) knowledge of dance and movement activities that meet the needs and characteristics of special community groups and (2) practical application in working directly with these groups. (As Needed)

301. Introduction to InterARTS™ Performance.

Credit 3 hours. A variable content course that will engage visual and performance arts as overlapping endeavors in the creation of art. The course will investigate the relationships among the arts with the aim of generating work that blurs boundaries between the visual arts and performance. May be repeated for a total of 9 hours, as topics vary. (As Needed)

305. Dynamic Anatomy of the Dancer.

Credit 3 hours. Study of mechanical principles affecting the anatomical structure of the human body in motion and at rest. The practical application of these principles to body alignment, placement, and posture for dance. (As needed)

306. Site Specific Dance.

Credit 1 hour. The creation and performance of dance designed exclusively for selected sites. Students will study the physical layout, features, and history of sites for the purpose of creating unique movement vocabulary. (As Needed)

372. Choreography.

Credit 3 hours. Theory and practice of fundamentals of dance composition. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall)

373. Dance Production and Promotion.

Credit 3 hours. This course assists dance artists in learning how to produce and promote their original work. Students develop concept packets that exhibit organization of production elements: concert plans, timeline, budget, costume selection, dance lighting, props, scenery, program make-up, and promotional materials. (Spring)

405. Dance Studio Management.

Credit 3 hours. Prerequisite: DNC 372. A thorough study on how to develop and run a performing arts studio. Course includes how to develop an artistic overview of the studio's mission aligned with proposals for studio design and equipment; class selection, schedule, calendar, and studio policies; business and budget plans; and promotion and public relation ideas. (As Needed)

460/560. Contemporary Dance Workshop

Credit 3 hours. Fundamentals of movement, analysis, and practice of action in space, time, and dynamics are studied. The class officers experience in improvisation and performance. May be repeated once for credit. Meets four hours per week. (As Needed)

472. Advanced Choreography.

Credit 3 hours. Prerequisite: DNC 372. Advanced theory and practice of dance composition. (Fall)

491/591. Independent Study in Choreographic Design.

Credit 3 hours. Prerequisite: DNC 372 and DNC 230 or DNC 330 and a Junior and Senior standing. The organization and presentation of an original dance piece including planning, development, selection of theme, music, costume, staging, lighting, public performance of final work and written thesis.  (Fall, Spring)

495. Senior Performance.

Credit 3 hours. Prerequisite: DNC 372 and Senior standing. Presentation of a public senior dance concert encompassing a collection of work. Student must direct auditions, rehearsals, choreographic process, and presentation of work. (Spring)

Technique

108. Introduction to Dance/Movement Studies.

Credit 1 hour. A technical course open to all interested persons. A study of the art and language of movement as a personal point of view. Through lecture, various movement techniques, choreography, improvisation, observations, and discussions, this course is designed to develop an experiential approach to the appreciation, awareness, creation, and performance of dance as an art form. Opportunities provided to attend concerts and demonstrations. (Fall, Spring)

130. Contemporary Dance I.

Credit 1 hour. An introduction to basic principles of Contemporary Dance technique with an emphasis on the development of the body as an instrument of expression. May be repeated once for credit. Three hours per week. (Fall, Spring)

140. Contemporary Ballet I.

Credit 1 hour. An introduction to basic Ballet skills and vocabulary. May be repeated once for credit. Three hours per week. (Fall, Spring)

230. Contemporary Dance II.

Credit 1 hour. The study of intermediate principles of Contemporary Dance technique with an emphasis on the development of the body as an instrument of expression. May be repeated once for credit. Three hours per week. (Fall, Spring)

240. Contemporary Ballet II.

Credit 1 hour. The study of intermediate Ballet techniques and vocabulary. May be repeated once for credit. Three hours per week. (As Needed)

307. Partnering and Improvisation.

Credit 1 hour. Exploration of ensemble and partnering work through spontaneous movement problem-solving. The course is designed to evoke the student's creative individuality. May be repeated once for credit. (As Needed)

330. Contemporary Dance III.

Credit 1 hour. The study of advanced principles of Contemporary Dance technique with an emphasis on the development of the body as an instrument of expression. May be repeated once for credit. Three hours per week. (Spring)

340. Contemporary Ballet III.

Credit 1 hour. The study of advanced Ballet techniques and vocabulary. May be repeated once for credit. Three hours per week. (As Needed)

431. Directed Study in Dance Techniques I.

Credit 1 hour. Prerequisite: permission of Director of Dance. Advanced training in the appropriate dance technique. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall, Spring)

451. Directed Study in Dance Techniques II.

Credit 1 hour. Prerequisite: permission of Director of Dance. Advanced training in the appropriate dance technique. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall, Spring)

Performance

300. Dance Performance Project.

Credit 1 hour. Prerequisite: Audition required. This ensemble course emphasizes the difference between displaying movement and communicating it to an audience. The building of concentration, awareness of stylistic differences, and the establishment of professional behavior are developed in the rehearsal and performance processes. Rehearsals and performances in the theatre setting provide experiences in stage terminology and production techniques. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Three hours a week. (Fall, Spring)

 
350. Special Topics in Dance.

Credit 1-3 hours. A variable content course in subjects of special interests in dance. This course content will change from semester to semester. Credit hours earned will be either one or three depending on topic and course requirements for that subject. May be repeated for up to twelve hours of credit.  Topics include repertory, choreography, dance/movement therapy, improvisation through performance, commerical dance, and pointe. (Fall, Spring)