Dance Course Descriptions
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Dance Workshop. This is a practical workshop in support
of Dance Program concerts and activities. Duties include costume
construction, backstage and front of house support, and audio/ video
recording and dubbing. Special seminars in areas such as diet and
health, auditioning and career opportunities and options are also
addressed. Credit 1.
Folk Dance Forms. [DANC 1222] Dances indigenous to Europe,
Mexico and the United States are studied in relation to their cultural
derivations. Special consideration is given to dance as a cultural
and recreational activity. Credit 2.
DNC 126 Theatre
Dance Forms. Specific theatrical dance forms such as ballet,
jazz, modern dance, and Hip Hop are studied in specially dedicated
sections. Credit 2.
Improvisational Technique. This course explores concepts
designed to employ movement and vocal skills that will enhance performance
and creativity. Emphasis is on solo and group work that will help
the student discover the diversity and range of the human instrument.
Dance as Art. [DANC 2303] This course is a video survey
of the vast range of theatrical dance that has taken place in the
twentieth century. Forms and styles covered include ballet, modern/postmodern,
jazz, musical theater, tap, contemporary dance, and dance for music
video. Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.
DNC 176 Rhythmic
Structure of Movement. [DANC 1301] A study is made of musical
forms, rhythm and meter in relation to the needs of a dancer-choreographer.
DNC 232 Social
and Folk Dance Forms. Social and folk dance forms of ethnic
and social significance are studied and performed in relation to
their cultural derivations and historical perspectives and their
use in period theatrical/concert production. Special emphasis is
placed upon the importance of ethnic art forms to contemporary society.
DNC 233 Beginning
Ballet Technique. This is a ballet technique class designed
for incoming dance majors. It presumes no former ballet training
but requires well-developed movement skills. Students who are not
dance-majors must have permission of instructor or program coordinator
to register. Credit 3.
DNC 234 Beginning
Modern Dance Technique. This is a modern dance technique
class designed for incoming dance majors. It presumes no former
modern dance training but requires well developed movement skills.
Students who are not dance-majors must have permission of instructor
or program coordinator to register. Credit 3.
History and Philosophy of Dance: 1700 to the Present. A
chronological survey is made of the history of dance from the 1700’s
to the modern period. Special emphasis is placed on the philosophic
relationship of dance to the various cultural epochs. Writing Enhanced.
DNC 273 World
Dance: Exploring Cultures. Through the Dance Experience.
In this course, students re immersed in the dances of one world
region for half a semester, and of another world region for the
other half semester. Although comparisons between two cultures will
become evident, the primary objective of the course is to expose
the student to two different dance styles and to use dance analysis
to identify and study cultural characteristics. Guest artists lead
classes and demonstrations, which include live music, costumes,
and terminology. Each time the course is offered, a different set
of cultures is examined. Prerequisites: Junior level standing or
permission of the instructor. Credit 3.
DNC 276 Choreography
I. The student learns to analyze the various components
of design and to create basic dance studies which demonstrate understanding
of dance as a craft and as an art. Prerequisites: DNC 127 and 176.
A minimum of intermediate standing in ballet or modern dance, or
permission of the instructor is required to register for this course.
DNC 333 Intermediate
Ballet Technique. This is an intermediate level ballet
technique class which presumes substantial exposure to ballet dance
training. Open by audition only. Prerequisite: DNC 233 or permission
of the instructor. Credit 3.
DNC 334 Intermediate
Modern Dance Technique. This is an intermediate level modern
dance technique class which presumes substantial exposure to modern
dance training. Open by audition only. Prerequisite: DNC 234 or
permission of the instructor. Credit 3.
DNC 373 Laban
Movement Analysis. This course provides an overview of
Laban Movement Analysis emphasizing the areas of Body, Effort, Shape,
Space, and components necessary to understand and support non verbal
communication. Theory, supported by experiential activities, provides
the student the opportunity to better understand human movement
as well as a means of acquiring efficient, expressive movement.
A brief history/application of LMA is included in the curriculum.
Prerequisites PHY 135 and BIO 245. Credit 3.
DNC 374 Principles
of Dance Technique. This course provides the student with
an overview of the movement system emphasizing the subjective control
experience in dance. Methods of tuning the system including body
therapies, conditioning regimes, body awareness techniques, and
dance training will be reviewed and compared. Prerequisites: PHY
135/115, BIO 245. Credit 3.
DNC 376 Choreography
II. The student develops extended dance works which demonstrate
advanced understanding of dance as a craft and as an art. Prerequisite:
DNC 176, 276 and/or permission of the instructor. Credit 3.
Repertory. The student is involved in rehearsals in which
dance works by faculty and guest artists, as well as the great masters
of choreography, are staged or reconstructed in preparation for
major dance program performances. Open by audition only. Credit
DNC 433 Advanced
Ballet Technique. This is a pre-professional level of ballet
technique in which dancers will develop a high degree of technical
ability and expressive range. Open by audition only. Prerequisite:
DNC 333 or permission of the instructor. Credit 3.
DNC 434 Advanced
Modern Dance Technique. This is a pre-professional level
of modern dance technique in which dancers will develop a high degree
of technical ability and expressive range in the modern dance idiom.
Open by audition only. Prerequisite: DNC 334 or permission of the
instructor. Credit 3.
DNC 472 Dance
Criticism and Analysis. Students will view outstanding
examples of choreography, read the works of major dance critics,
and further develop the tools needed to critically analyze choreography.
Emphasis is on writing informed, insightful, analyses of the form,
content, and effectiveness of choreographic works. Writing Enhanced.
DNC 474 Dance
Pedagogy. This course acquaints students in dance with
methods for teaching ballet and modern dance technique, and examines
the curriculum for dance established by the National Standards for
Arts Education for Grades K-12. Students gain theoretical and practical
experience, focusing on the use of anatomically correct and systematic
approaches to developing dance skills. Class structure, design of
exercises, effective communication with students, and selection
of appropriate musical accompaniment are examined. Writing Enhanced.
Choreography III. The student develops extended solo, duet,
and ensemble works for performance in formal and informal concerts
presented by the Dance Program. Prerequisite: DNC 176, 276, 376
and/or permission of the instructor. Credit 3.
DNC 492 Seminar
in Dance. Opportunities are offered for thorough study
of a variety of topics which students may choose in dance. Such
topics as Historical Period Dance, Ethno-cultural Studies, Choreographic
Projects, et cetera, are illustrative. Credit 3.
DNC 493 Independent
Study. Opportunities are offered for individual study of
an approved problem in dance. Credit 3.
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