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DANCE 130 Modern/Contemporary I (4)
This course addresses the principles of modern contemporary dance: body alignment, flexibility, coordination, terminology, and improvisation.
DANCE 135
Ballet I
(4)
This course is designed to build a firm foundation in classical ballet technique. Students learn ballet terminology and exercises for a solid awareness of the placement of the body, legs, arms, and the head while developing skills in the coordination of steps.
DANCE 180 Dance History I (2)
This course examines the emergence and evolution of Western concert dance, and analyzes its important figures and movement theories starting with Renaissance court dance through the twentieth century. Emphases will include analysis of movement through historical, social/cultural, and political lenses and as an illuminator of culture.
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190 World Dance (4)
This course introduces students to a broad range of dance forms from around the world. Through theoretical and experiential study, students investigate both traditions found in specific dance forms as well as the cross-cultural nature of dance and art in society, examining where divergent cultures have points of intersection. Along with close movement analysis, students will look through historical, social/cultural, and political lenses to explore the diversity of movement forms from around the globe.
DANCE 230 Modern/Contemporary II (2)
This course is a continuation of the principles explored in Modern/Contemporary I with an increased competency in body alignment, flexibility, coordination, terminology, and improvisation.
DANCE 230L Modern/Contemporary II Lab (0)
This course is a continuation of the principles explored in Modern/Contemporary I with an increased competency in body alignment, flexibility, coordination, terminology, and improvisation.
DANCE 235 Ballet II
(2)
This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of classical ballet technique taught in Ballet I with increased competency of its principles. Memorization of ballet terminology is expected.
DANCE 235L Ballet II Lab
(0)
This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of classical ballet technique taught in Ballet I with increased competency of its principles. Memorization of ballet terminology is expected.
DANCE 270 Improvisation/ Composition
(4)
This course provides exploration of self-generated movement that departs from codified styles of dance. It examines dance-making tools and compositional structures through which students can communicate their ideas. This course will progress from simple to more complex outcomes with regards to movement generation, auditory stimulus, and collaborative concepts.
DANCE 280 Dance History II
(2)
This course examines the development of Western concert dance, and analyzes its important figures and movement theories from the beginning of the twentieth century through the present. Emphases will include the relationships of movement and culture and dance as a an illuminator of culture.
DANCE 330 Modern/Contemporary III
(2)
This course is a further implementation of the principles found in Modern/Contemporary II with an increased expectation of consistency in the physicality and mental process of the student.
DANCE 330L Modern/Contemporary III Lab (0)
This course is a further implementation of the principles found in Modern/Contemporary II with an increased expectation of consistency in the physicality and mental process of the student.
DANCE 335 Ballet III (2)
This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of classical ballet technique taught in Ballet II. This level is dedicated to strengthening balance on demi-pointe both at barre and center practice. In this course a more extensive movement vocabulary is introduced, and readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development and will be decided upon by the assessment of the instructor.
DANCE 335L Ballet III Lab (0)
This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of classical ballet technique taught in Ballet II. This level is dedicated to strengthening balance on demi-pointe both at barre and center practice. In this course a more extensive movement vocabulary is introduced, and readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development and will be decided upon by the assessment of the instructor.
DANCE 350 Dance Pedagogy (4)
This course provides students with the skills for teaching all age levels of dance by understanding developmental ability, preparing concise and effective lesson plans, selecting age appropriate music and activities, and setting goals and communicating with clarity in the classroom.
DANCE 351 Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance (4)
This course investigates human anatomy and kinesiology in relationship to dance. Course content and tasks will emphasize the skeletal and muscular systems, injury prevention and treatment, conditioning, and the role of individual differences.
DANCE 380 Vernacular Forms of Dance (4)
This studio-based course explores a variety of vernacular dance forms and will rotate through topics including, but not not limited to, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and various social dance forms. Historical, social/cultural, and political considerations of each form will also be addressed.
DANCE 381 Ballet Studies (4)
This studio-based course explores various facets of ballet study and will rotate through topics including, but not limited to, pointe/variations, partnering, and character dance. Emphasis is placed on building upon a solid ballet foundation and enhancing coordination, stability, and clarity of expression through the classical style. Some topics may require instructor approval.
DANCE 382 Dance for Camera (3)
In this course students explore the use of different perspectives of dance composition specifically for film and construct digital dance projects while receiving guidance and feedback on composition, editing, and use of technology.
DANCE 430 Modern/Contemporary IV (2)
This course emphasizes a mastery of the principles presented in earlier courses along with strong technical standards, style application, and performance techniques. This class will enhance the student’s ability to pick up on the style and nuance being asked for in today’s movement while continuing to train the physicality needed as a dancer.
DANCE 430L Modern/Contemporary IV Lab (2)
This course emphasizes a mastery of the principles presented in earlier courses along with strong technical standards, style application, and performance techniques. This class will enhance the student’s ability to pick up on the style and nuance being asked for in today’s movement while continuing to train the physicality needed as a dancer.
DANCE 435 Ballet IV (2)
This course emphasizes a mastery of the principles presented in earlier ballet courses as well as requiring strong technical standards, style application, and performance techniques. this class will enhance the student’s power and elevation in grand allegro and speed of petit allegro as well as potentially addressing pointe work for the advanced student, based upon the assessment of the instructor. Development of musical sensitivity and overall artistry as expected as it relates to the ballet canon.
DANCE 435L Ballet IV Lab (0)
This course emphasizes a mastery of the principles presented in earlier ballet courses as well as requiring strong technical standards, style application, and performance techniques. this class will enhance the student’s power and elevation in grand allegro and speed of petit allegro as well as potentially addressing pointe work for the advanced student, based upon the assessment of the instructor. Development of musical sensitivity and overall artistry as expected as it relates to the ballet canon.
DANCE 440 Internship (1-4)
This course will help students better understand career options by completing internships in professional arts organizations, community organizations, social service agencies, etc. This course is repeatable for credit.
DANCE 480 Production (2)
This course explores the skills necessary to manage and produce formal dance concerts (e.g., costumes, scenery, lighting, sound, and stage management).
DANCE 490 Senior Seminar (2)
The capstone course in the Dance Program, this course looks beyond studio practice to prepare students for success in their professional careers. Through a range of supplemental skill sets, students hone the abilities necessary to navigate and succeed in a wide range of professional aspects of dance and the arts. These skill sets include but are not limited to portfolio development, administration, marketing, and technological literacy. (WCore: SC)
DANCE 491 Senior Showcase (2)
This semester course gives students a forum to demonstrate their mastery of choreographic ideas, audition and rehearsal processes, and performance design – culminating in a high quality production. (WCore: SC)
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