University Catalog 2005-2006

Dance (DANC)

College of Visual and Performing Arts

101 Dance Appreciation (3:3:0) Introduction to dance as universal human activity, expression of cultural identity and art form. Survey of global dance includes folk, ceremonial and ritual, trance, court, classical, and theatrical.

114 Rhythmic Analysis and Music Resources for Dance (3:3:0) Prerequisite: admission to dance major, or permission of instructor. Introduction to rhythmic structure, notation, and basic forms of music. Experience with audio equipment in creating simple sound scores. Lecture, lab.

118 World Dance (3:3:0) Develops knowledge, skills, and appreciation of world dance forms through presentation of fundamental techniques, music, and culture. Area of concentration varies to include as many cultures as possible. May be repeated for total 6 credits. Fulfills non-Western requirement for CAS students, and global understanding requirement of university general education.

119 Dance in Popular Culture: Afro-Latino Dance (3:3:0) Develops knowledge, skills, and appreciation of popular dance forms through presentation of fundamental techniques, music, and culture. Area of concentration varies to include as many idioms as possible. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

120 Special Topics in Dance (1-3:1-3:0) Rotating topic. Introduction and exploration of topical studies in dance or related study areas; topic depends on instructor. May be repeated for total 9 credits if course content differs.

125 Beginning Modern Dance (3:3:0) Develops knowledge, skills, and appreciation of modern dance through presentation of fundamental techniques and creative movement experiences. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

131 Beginning Jazz Technique (3:3:0) Introduction to fundamentals of jazz dance technique and its historical context. Emphasis on improving anatomical awareness and alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, and developing rhythmic sensitivity. Also introduces jazz improvisation and choreography. May be repeated for 6 credits.

145 Beginning Ballet (3:3:0) Introduces elements of ballet technique and vocabulary. Stresses learning elementary positions and movements characteristic of this highly stylized art form. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

150 Dance Improvisation (3:3:0) Prerequisite: admission to dance major or permission of instructor. Explores movement invention and discovery. Movement explored in relation to other art forms such as, literature, painting, sculpture and architecture, enhancing kinesthetic awareness, sensitivity to others, and the environment. Prerequisite for dance composition and choreography series.

161 Beginning Tap Dance (3:3:0) Elementary exploration into rhythms and steps basic to art form of tap dancing. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

170 Orientation to Dance Production (1:1:1)Prerequisite: admission to dance major, or permission of instructor. Introduction to sound, lighting, and stage management elements and terminology as related to dance performance. Taught in an intensive workshop setting emphasizing laboratory experience.

210 Dynamic Alignment (3:3:0) Prerequisite: admission to dance major or permission of instructor. Aspects of anatomy and kinesiology that directly apply to correct development of dance technique. Emphasizes exercise correctives and imagery to correct insufficient muscle pattern and reduce stress on the body.

225 Beginning Intermediate Modern Dance (3:3:0)Prerequisite: DANC 125 or permission of instructor. Further develops knowledge, skills, and appreciation of modern dance through continued exploration of techniques, aesthetics, and creativity. May be repeated for total 9 credits.

231 Intermediate Jazz Technique (3:3:0) Prerequisite: DANC 131 or permission of instructor. Continued study of the concepts of jazz dance technique and in-depth study of 20th century jazz dance forms. Emphasizes furthering anatomical awareness and alignment, developing technical clarity, and mastering rhythm and syncopation. Continues exploration of jazz improvisation and choreography. May be repeated for 12 credits.

245 Beginning Intermediate Ballet (3:3:0) Prerequisite: DANC 145 or permission of instructor. Further development of knowledge, skills, and appreciation through the technique, vocabulary, and history of ballet. May be repeated for total 9 credits.

251 Dance Composition I (3:3:0) Prerequisite: DANC 150 or permission of instructor. Introduction to basic principles for composing dance movement. Focuses on simple compositional forms as they apply to the solo performer, discussion, analysis, and evaluation of artistic choices. Students maintain video and written journals to document their artistic process.

252 Dance Composition II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: DANC 251 or permission of instructor. Explores compositional elements in dance as they apply to group forms. Continued experience in developing and manipulating movement phrases, using a variety of compositional forms. Introduces conducting rehearsals and selecting music. Students discuss, analyze, and evaluate artistic choices in composition using appropriate dance arts vocabulary and terminology, and maintain video and written journals to document their artistic process.

270 Dance Production Lab (1:1:1) Prerequisite: DANC 170 or permission of instructor. Practical experience in stage crew, sound, or lighting of dance productions through rehearsal to public performance for university dance concerts or guest artist programs. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

314 Music Accompaniment for Dance (3:3:0)Prerequisite: DANC 114, or permission of instructor. Lecture practicum course that gives both dance and music students practical experience in dance accompaniment, primarily through using percussion instruments. Students use their knowledge of music and rhythm to accompany and enhance a dance technique class.

318 Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (3:3:0) Prerequisite: completion of DANC 118, 119, or 120; or junior standing; or permission of instructor. Continued in-depth study of a world dance form including technique, music, and culture. Texts, video, performances, music, participatory events, and guest artist presentations. Lecture, studio. Area of concentration varies to include as many cultures as possible. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

325 Intermediate Modern Dance (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: admission to dance major or permission of instructor. Explores intermediate level of modern dance technique. Emphasizes improving anatomical awareness, increasing strength and flexibility, expanding a modern dance vocabulary, and developing flow and dynamic range. May be repeated for total 12 credits.

326 Dance Performance Practicum (1:0:3)Prerequisite: audition. Practical experience in dance performance through rehearsal process of university dance concerts. May be repeated for total 3 credits.

330 Dance/Movement Therapy I (3:3:0) Prerequisites: DANC 325, 150; PSYC 100, 211; or permission of instructor. Overview of dance/movement therapy exploring the meaning of movement as communication and expression. Explores theoretical approaches, treatment goals and interventions with wide variety of patient groups. Readings, movement explorations, and volunteer field observations.

345 Intermediate Ballet (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: admission to dance major or permission of instructor. Provides continued ballet training for intermediate-level dancer. Emphasizes increasing technical proficiency, improving anatomical awareness, and developing deeper understanding of skills and principles of ballet technique and how they provide a foundation to teach and perform. May be repeated for 12 credits.

350 Advanced Dance Improvisation (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: DANC 325 and 150, or permission of instructor. Lecture and performance course for continued study of dance improvisation, including Òcontact improvisation.Ó Students create and direct advanced problems in dance improvisation. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

360 Choreography (3:3:0) Prerequisite: DANC 252 or permission of instructor. Continued choreographic exploration and research, culminating in bringing completed works to production.

362 Directed Choreography (1:0:3) Prerequisite: DANC 252 or permission of instructor. Faculty-guided, individual learning experience where students learn to choreograph a dance work by auditioning dancers, costuming, staging, lighting, selecting musical accompaniment, and composing original movement material. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

370 Dance Performance (1:0:3) Prerequisite: admission to dance major, audition or permission of instructor. Practical experience in performance, repertory, and choreography through rehearsal and public performance of university dance concerts or guest artist programs. May be repeated for total 12 credits.

371 Residency Workshop (1:0:3)Prerequisite: admission to dance major and audition. Rehearsal and performance of new or restaged dance by guest choreographer in intensive rehearsal setting. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

372 Advanced Dance Production (1:1:1) Prerequisite: DANC 170 and 270, or permission of instructor. Methodology and practice of stage make-up, costume design, and lighting as dictated by specific needs of a dance performance. Taught in a series of workshop settings.

390 Dance History: Pre-Twentieth Century (3:3:0) Examines dance as it developed as a Western theatrical form from its beginnings in social and folk dance through its evolution into ballet. Emphasizes romantic and classical ballet. In addition, American dance forms are studied as they evolved in spectacles, burlesques, minstrelsy, and social dance. All forms of dance placed within social, political, cultural, aesthetic and historical contexts.

391 Dance History: Twentieth Century (3:3:0) Examines revolutions in transformation of 20th century Western dance into forms and institutions that radically departed from their predecessors. Development of contemporary dance carried with it reflections of the influence of technology and the media as well as concept of global culture. Renewed interest in traditional dance forms acknowledges power of dance to serve as carrier of cultural and societal values. These dance forms placed within social, political, cultural, aesthetic and historical contexts.

399 Independent Study (1-3:0:0)Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Individual research or creative project supervised by faculty member. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

418 Global Dance Intensive (1-3:1-3:0) Intensive investigation and study of selected dance idiom within cultural and artistic contexts. Course work supplemented by participation in and observation of the ambient culture. Comparative analysis of similarities, differences and common antecedents between selected culture and North American dance idioms. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

420 Special Topics in Dance (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: 9 credits of dance courses or permission of instructor. In-depth presentation and exploration of topical studies in dance or related study areas. Topic depends on instructor. May be repeated for total 9 credits.

425 Advanced Modern Dance (1-3:1-3 :0) Prerequisite: admission to dance major or permission of instructor. Advanced-level exploration of modern dance technique. Emphasizes refining alignment, developing ability to self-correct, and replicating sophisticated movement sequences. Preparation to enter professional field of dance. May be repeated for 24 credits.

430 Dance/Movement Therapy II (3:3:0) Prerequisites: DANC 210, 330; PSYC 324, 325; or permission of instructor. Application of dance/movement therapy as a psychotherapeutic process that furthers emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual.

445 Advanced Ballet (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: admission to the dance major or permission of instructor. Provides preprofessional ballet training for advanced-level dancer. Emphasizes attainment of high-quality technical and performance skills, application of anatomical principles, and mastery of sophisticated classical movement sequences. May be repeated for 24 credits.

453 Teaching Creative Movement (3:3:0) Prerequisites: DANC 325 and 150, or permission of instructor. Provides theory, methodology and practicum experience in preparation for teaching creative movement to children K-12, with some application to special populations.

454 Methods of Teaching Dance (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate or advanced dance technique and DANC 210. Examines dance pedagogy focusing on principles needed for teaching sound technique. Students learn skills, methods, and instructional procedures for classroom. Curriculum development, proper course sequencing, implementation of teaching strategies, and classroom management techniques also emphasized. Students study teaching methods appropriate for K–12, gifted and talented, and special needs students. Intensive practice in implementing these skills includes lab and field-teaching experiences.

455 Teaching Practicum (1-6:3:0) Prerequisites: DANC 454 and permission of instructor. Full semester of supervised teaching experience in approved school or studio dance program. Credits based on number of teaching contact hours per week. May be repeated for total 12 credits.

480 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (3:3:0)Prerequisite: DANC 210 or permission of instructor. Introduction to the components of laban movement analysis: body, shape, effort, and space. Includes motif writing for recording and analyzing movement.

490 Senior Dance Seminar (3:3:0)Prerequisite: senior status in dance major program. Culminating seminar devoted to analyzing and synthesizing knowledge and skills gained through undergraduate course work as it applies to dance, arts education, and professional development. Students develop senior project including written and oral presentation in public forum.

501 Graduate Dance Seminar (3:3:0) Prerequisite: admission to the MFA in dance program. Presentation and discussion of current issues in dance specific to education, research, and professional development.

520 Special Topics in Dance (1-3:1-3:0)Prerequisite: 9 credits of dance courses or permission of instructor. In-depth presentation and exploration of topical studies in dance or related study areas. Topic depends on instructor. May be repeated for total 9 credits.

525 Advanced Modern Dance (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program, or permission of instructor. Advanced training in modern technique emphasizing attainment of high technical ability and performing skills. May be repeated for total 18 credits.

545 Advanced Ballet (1-3:1-3:0)Prerequisite: admission to the MFA in dance program, or permission of instructor. Advanced training in ballet technique with emphasis on high technical quality, performance skills, ballet vocabulary, and styles. May be repeated for total 18 credits.

553 Teaching Creative Movement (3:3:0)Prerequisite: graduate status, or permission of instructor. Provides theory, methodology, and practicum experience in preparation for teaching creative movement to children K-12, with some application to special populations.

560 Advanced Choreography (3:3:0)Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program or permission of instructor. Intensive study and exploration of advanced choreographic forms culminating in public performance of complete dance work. May be repeated for total 12 credits.

562 Directed Choreography (1-3:3:0)Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program and permission of instructor. Individual choreographic project supervised by faculty member. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

570 Advanced Dance Performance (1-3:0:3-9)Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program, and audition. Advanced performance through participation in university productions and professional dance companies. May be repeated for total 12 credits.

571 Residency Workshop (1:0:3)Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program, and audition. Rehearsal and performance of new or restaged dance by guest choreographer in intensive rehearsal setting. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

580 Laban Movement Analysis (3:3:0)Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program or permission of instructor. Introduction to components of laban movement analysis: body, shape, effort, and space. Includes motif writing for recording and analyzing movement.

598 Philosophy and Aesthetics of Dance (3:3:0)Prerequisites: DANC 390 and 391, or permission of instructor. Study of philosophical theories and aesthetic principles of dance as a performing art.

599 Independent Study (1-6:0:0) Admission to MFA in dance program, and permission of instructor. Individual research or creative project in close consultation with instructor. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

615 Contemporary Trends (3:3:0)Prerequisite: graduate standing. Study of contemporary art and artists and their ideas and practices as they relate to the making of new work.

627 Advanced Teaching Seminar (3:3:0)Prerequisite: DANC 454, admission to MFA in dance program or permission of instructor. Discussion of advanced problems in teaching from scientific and creative points of view.

680 Dance Management (3:3:0)Prerequisite: admission to MFA in dance program. Exploration of technical, financial, and economic aspects of dance management, including marketing, fund-raising, publicity, incorporation, booking, nonprofit vs. profit-making groups, and issues relating to current practices in performing arts industry.

790 Internship (1-3:0:0) Prerequisites: admission to MFA in dance program and permission of advisor. Study involving intensive professional experience through sponsorship by a dance company, agency, or other arts organization in management, administration, performance, choreography, or teaching. May be repeated for total 6 credits.

799 Thesis (1-6:0:0)Prerequisites: admission to MFA in dance program,, permission of advisor, and approval of proposal. Original research, including written work and public performance, under direction of thesis committee. May be repeated for total 6 credits.