2023 Fall Term
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Dance is studied as an art form through the investigation of dance history, technique, and the aesthetic choices of choreography. Lecture format is enhanced by slide, film and live presentation. Offered each spring*.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE I
A study of basic dance movement through exploration, analysis and identification of the principles of Contemporary Dance as an art form. A participation course, utilizing problem-solving and creativity in movement.
The Beginning Ballet course will provide instruction in the basic movements upon which all movements in ballet are built. Posture and alignment are stressed as well as foot articulation and proper use of turn-out. The class incorporates barre work, center combinations and loco-motor movements across the floor. French terminology for movements learned. Offered each semester.
TAP DANCE I
Tap Dance I is an introductory, experiential course in the techniques of Broadway and Rhythm Tap that would be viable for use in Musical Theatre and performance. Class participation utilizes problem solving and creativity in music-making and body percussion. A wide range of tap steps utilizing various rhythms and tempos will be introduced.
JAZZ DANCE I- BEGINNING
Jazz I is a studio experiential class in beginning jazz dance technique. Exploration includes study of basic jazz movement that includes warm-up, phrases, turns, leaps and center combinations. Additional study in required text and viewing media.
PRACTICUM - DANCE PERFORMANCE
This practicum is designed to allow students who are interested in dance to participate as performers in showings and performances. A student is expected to spend a minimum of 40 hours per unit in rehearsing and performing at times specified by the instructor. Offered every fall, students must be available to continue in spring.
The creation of dance movement through the exploration and experimentation of a variety of stimuli as sources for movement experiences.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE II
Further study of dance techniques on the intermediate level. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 6 credits in degree. Offered each spring*.
A participation course designed for the advanced level ballet student. Complex combinations and techniques such as multiple turns and beats as well as anatomical considerations will be studied. It is highly recommended that the student have at least 4 years of ballet training or have completed DANCE 246. Repeatable four times for a total of 8 units in the degree.
DANCE COMPOSITION II (GROUP)
A continuation of the elements of choreography concentrating on form with more complex approaches and depth of movement themes for duet, trio and group.
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN DANCE
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.
DANCE PRODUCTION PROJECT
This course is designed to allow students who are interested in choreographing and staging a full-length dance concert, or its equivalent, choreographing for main stage productions such as the annual department dance concert, or choreographing for a musical. A student is expected to spend a minimum of 40 hours per unit in rehearsal and/or preparation.