Dance Courses

Fall 2020

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

University Dance

DANC 110 - Elkins, Doug

Participation in a university dance production for a minimum of 40 hours of rehearsal and performance. A journal recording the rehearsal/performance process is required. May be repeated for up to eight degree credits.

University Dance Production

DANC 111 - Evans, Shawn Paul

Participation in any production aspect of a university dance production for a minimum of 40 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for up to four degree credits.

Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance

DANC 120 - Deck, Liza E.

This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance. The course culminates in a performance presentation.

Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance Technique

DANC 225 - Elkins, Doug

A studio course devoted to refining effort/shape values and pursuing performance quality phrasing and style in "Horton" modern dance technique. Students investigate self-directed reverse combinations, deconstruct movement phrases into sequential elements, and learn methods for written and oral analysis of dance. Students practice listening to the body by connecting movement phrases with kinesthetic experiences. May be repeated for up to eight credits.

Ballet Technique

DANC 292 - Meythaler, Sandra P.

This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance. The course culminates in a performance presentation. This course may be repeated for degree credit for up to six degree credits.

Special Topics

DANC 390A - Elkins, Doug

An advanced studio course for experienced dancers exploring various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics and creative collaboration. This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. The course culminates in a performance piece for presentation. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2020, DANC 390A-01: Topics in Dance Composition: Urban Dance Techniques (3). A studio-practice course introducing students to urban-dance practices, aiming to broaden students' understanding of Hip Hop culture beyond the commercialized representations prevalent in the media today. Students explore the history and practice of different forms of Hip Hop: B-boying (breaking), Uprocking, Popping, Waving, and Locking. We also look at Hip Hop's connection to other club forms such as House-Dance and House-Ballroom forms, Waacking and Voguing. Students view video performances of cultural practice (battles and "cyphers"), as well as media- and theater-influenced forms of Hip Hop to identify significant commonalities and differences within Hip Hop practices.

Spring 2020

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2020

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University Dance

DANC 110 - Davies, Jenefer M.

Participation in a university dance production for a minimum of 40 hours of rehearsal and performance. A journal recording the rehearsal/performance process is required. May be repeated for up to eight degree credits.

University Dance Production

DANC 111 - Evans, Shawn Paul

Participation in any production aspect of a university dance production for a minimum of 40 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for up to four degree credits.

Musical-Theater Dance Technique

DANC 230 - Deck, Liza E. / Davies, Jenefer M.

A studio exploration of choreography in musical theater from the 1940s to the present. Composition, theme, and form are discussed in concert with practical work in restaging historically significant musical dance numbers. Of particular interest are the choreographers' styles and the many dance techniques prevalent in musical theater. These issues are experienced through dance practica as original choreography is taught. May be repeated for up to six degree credits.

Contemporary Modern Dance History

DANC 240 - Davies, Jenefer M.

This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.

Aerial Dance Techniques

DANC 250 - Davies, Jenefer M.

This course examines a unique array of techniques from across the aerial arts and a diversity of experimental approaches to movement in the air. The history of the form as well as lineage of style and current techniques are expressed through lecture, studio work, required readings and videos, masterclasses, performances, and written responses. Course fee required.

Directed Individual Study

DANC 403 - Davies, Jenefer M.

Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addresses, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration.