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Drama, Theatre & Dance

Courses in Theatre-Dance

Courses fulfilling Pathways (WCGI, CE) and PLAS (AP) requirements are noted with the corresponding abbreviations.

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Introductory Courses
History, Criticism, Therapy, and Education Courses Courses
Technique Courses
Studio Courses
Choreography Courses
Dance Production and Workshops
Special Project and Seminars

Introductory Courses

DANCE 150. Introduction to Dance. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
An introduction to dance as a performing art, combining lectures on historical development with studio work in the fundamentals of dance technique. (CE / AP, WC) Fall, Spring

DANCE 151. Dance and Culture: Dancing Values. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Comparison of various world dance forms with some contemporary and historical dances in the United States. The aim of this course is to bring the field of dance to life by showing a wide range of cultural, aesthetic, and historical worlds from which dance is born and which are created by dance. Students should obtain a fuller understanding of the field of dance and its relationship to other areas of the humanities and social sciences by investigating how dance is a carrier of cultural and aesthetic values across a wide spectrum of forms from around the globe and throughout history. Utilizing observation, discussions, participation in dance classes and writing about a variety of dance forms, the instructor will guide the students to a deeper understanding of dance as a cultural act. (WCGI)

 

History, Criticism, Therapy, and Education Courses

DANCE 350. Time and the Dancing Image in the U.S. I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: junior or senior standing. Lecture/discussion/film course that examines the evolution of dance in the United States from a pluralistic viewpoint. This includes but reaches beyond the western tradition by looking closely at non-western dance forms that have influenced American dance. Emphasis on pre-twentieth-century dance. Fall

DANCE 351. Time and the Dancing Image in the U.S. II. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: junior or senior standing. Lecture/discussion/film course that examines the evolution of dance in the United States from a pluralistic viewpoint. This includes but also reaches beyond the western European tradition by looking closely at non-western dance forms that have influenced American dance. Emphasis on twentieth-century dance. Spring

DANCE 352. Dances of the African Diaspora. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
This interdisciplinary seminar explores dance aesthetics and performance styles in the Americas from Brazil, through the Caribbean, to the U.S. South.

DANCE 255. Introduction to Dance Therapy. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
A wide-ranging introduction to the theory and practice of dance therapy. The course focuses on the skills and techniques of dance and expressive movement and their therapeutic application. Members of the class serve as a laboratory for exploring individual and group issues. This course is only offered in Summer Session.

DANCE 257. Principles of Teaching Dance. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
The theory and practice of aims and materials used in the teaching of dance. Fall

DANCE 259. Analysis of Dance Movement. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
A studio course designed to teach the use of the body for dance and the underlying principles of human movement.

DANCE 272. Music for Movement. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
An investigation of the relationships of music and other forms of sound to dance movement.

 

Technique Courses

DANCE 162. Dance Techniques of Africa I. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
A beginner studio course in specific dance forms of Africa. Emphasis on the fundamentals of polyrhythmic body articulation, fluidity, style, and control. Improvisation is introduced.

DANCE 262. Dance Techniques of Africa II. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 162. An intermediate-advanced studio course in specific dance forms of Africa. Continued emphasis on the fundamentals of style, polyrhythmic body articulation, fluidity, and control. Includes a more in-depth exploration of improvisation and the relationship between drumming and dancing.

DANCE 163. Dance Techniques of the Caribbean I. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
A beginner studio course in various dance forms of the Caribbean. Emphasis on the fundamentals of style, fluidity, and control. Personal expression and creativity are encouraged.

DANCE 263. Dance Techniques of the Caribbean II. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 163. An intermediate-advanced studio course in various dance forms of the Caribbean. Continued emphasis on the fundamentals of style, fluidity and control. Special attention also given to quality, improvisation, and performance.

DANCE 164. Asian Performing Arts. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
A studio course introducing the forms and techniques used in a specific Asian dance or theatre form. May be repeated once with permission of instructor if different material is taught.

DANCE 165. Chi Gong. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
An introduction to the ancient Chinese system of internal exercise with emphasis on balancing body and mind.

DANCE 166. Tai Chi Chuan. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
An introduction to the physical practice of this traditional martial art form with emphasis on the principles of softness and overcoming weight with a balanced release of energy.

DANCE 168. Tap I. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
A beginner studio course in rhythm tap with emphasis on technique, musicality, and style.

DANCE 268. Tap II. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 168. An intermediate studio course in rhythm tap with continued emphasis on technique, musicality, and style. Students are introduced to phrasing and counting bars.

DANCE 368. Tap III. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 268. An advanced studio course in rhythm tap technique. Phrasing and style are taught with increased depth and students are introduced to the art of tap improvisation.

DANCE 169. Jazz I. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
A beginner studio course in jazz dance techniques with emphasis on developing an awareness of rhythm and control. Students are introduced to jazz movement shapes, improvisation, and the discovery of a personal style.

DANCE 269. Jazz II. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 169. An intermediate studio course in jazz dance techniques with continued emphasis on developing an awareness of rhythm and control. Includes a more in-depth exploration of improvisation and personal style.

DANCE 369. Jazz III. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 269. An advanced studio course in jazz dance techniques.Individual creativity, and quality of performance are emphasized.

DANCE 199. VT: Dance Technique Practicum. 3 hr.; 1 cr.
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Intended for students who have completed a dance technique course but whose instructor feels the student needs to improve technique before moving on to the next course in the sequence. May not be used for credit towards the major or minor in dance, and no more than 12 credits of DANCE 199 may be used towards the Baccalaureate degree.

 

Studio Courses

DANCE 160. Modern Dance I. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
A beginner studio course in modern dance techniques with emphasis on developing fundamental movement skills. Fall, Spring

DANCE 260. Modern Dance II. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: Theatre-Dance 160. Intermediate studio course in modern dance techniques with emphasis on greater movement range, control, and complexity. Fall, Spring

DANCE 360. Modern Dance III. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: Theatre-Dance 260 or permission of department. Advanced studio course in modern dance idiom with emphasis on performance style and quality. May be repeated for credit if different work is involved. No more than 12 credits in Theatre-Dance 360 and 361 can be applied toward the baccalaureate degree.

DANCE 161. Ballet I. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
An introduction to classical ballet technique. Beginning with simple movements to stretch and strengthen the body, classes will progress to standard ballet exercises performed at the barre and in the center. Basic concepts of anatomy, alignment, rhythm, and musicality will be addressed. Fall, Spring

DANCE 261. Ballet II. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: Theatre Dance 161 or permission of department. Intermediate studio course in classical ballet techniques with emphasis on proper phrasing, clarity, and musicality. Fall, Spring

DANCE 361. Ballet III. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: Theatre Dance 261 or permission of department. In this course we will work on intermediate to advanced classical ballet technique. Throughout the class, we will focus on dancing with precision, rhythm, and musicality. May be repeated for credit if different work is involved. No more than 12 credits in Theatre-Dance 360 and 361 can be applied toward the baccalaureate degree. Spring

 

Choreography Courses

DANCE 173. Choreography I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: Prior dance training and permission of department. A studio course introducing the basic skills, techniques, and methods used in choreography, including improvisation.

DANCE 273. Choreography II. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 173. The application of the elements of choreography in creating solo and group dances. Works created in the class are presented in performance at the end of the semester.

DANCE 373. Choreography III. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: DANCE 273. More complex compositional problems are explored in the creation of dances that are mounted for a performance at the end of the semester.

DANCE 275. Choreographers' Showcase. 3 hr.; 1 cr.
Prereq.: Audition. A laboratory in which students learn to design student-choreographed work that will culminate in a public performance. May be repeated.

DANCE 375. Choreographers' Showcase. 3 hr.; 2 cr.
Prereq.: Audition. A laboratory in which students create choreography that will culminate in a public performance. May be repeated.

DANCE 376. Dance Notation. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
A study of the basic skills and techniques for analyzing and recording movement in Labanotation.

 

Dance Production and Workshops

DANCE 290. Practicum in Technical Theatre. 1 hr.; 1 cr.
A practical hands-on introduction to technical theatre systems and equipment. Participants must serve as running crew for theatre and/or dance production.

DANCE 380. Dance Production. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: Audition. A laboratory for creating and preparing for a dance performance, culminating in the public presentation of a dance concert. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Spring

DANCE 385. Advanced Dance and Repertory Workshop. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: Audition. A performance workshop combining the study of technique and composition in preparation for a public dance presentation. May be repeated. Fall, Spring

 

Special Projects and Seminars

DANCE 395. Special Problems in Dance. 395.2, 395.3, 3 hr.; 2-3 cr.
Prereq: Permission of the department. Independent study projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit if different work is involved.

DANCE 396. Special Topics in Dance and Movement. 2 hr.; 2 cr.
Exploration of movement styles/theories not routinely included in the curriculum. Focus is on studio work. May be repeated if different material is taught.

DANCE 397. Special Topics in Dance and Movement. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
A studio course designed to explore movement styles/theories not routinely included in the curriculum. Focus is on studio and academic work. Maybe repeated if different material is taught.

DANCE 398. Seminar in Dance. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: Permission of the department. Non-studio roundtable discussion course with emphasis on the development of analytical/critical reading and writing skills. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit if different work is involved.

 
 

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