CourseDescriptionSemesters Offered

DNCE 1000 
Beg Contemporary Dance Technique

Introduces students to the dynamic capabilities of the body as an articulate means of expression. Presents basic concepts and skills from contemporary dance forms that may include Afro-modern, floor work, inversion, classical modern and improvisation. Classwork develops efficient alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, dynamics and spatial awareness. No experience necessary. May be repeated up to 4 credit hours.

Fall & Spring
DNCE 1012
Dance Production

Provides the dancer with an introduction to the types of performance venues available today, and their technical systems and equipment. It will also establish an awareness of how technical theatre design arts may be utilized by a choreographer.

Fall 
DNCE 1013
Dance Improvisation

An opportunity for students to develop skills of dance improvisation through the exploration of structured movement problems. Students study selected contemporary dance artists whose work stresses improvisation in performance and/or as a training vehicle. Department consent required for dance minors.

Spring

DNCE 1017
Dance and Popular Culture

Explores and contextualizes contemporary popular culture and dance. Introduces methods of critical analysis that reveal the rich heritage hidden within and around the dances students commonly encounter at the club, on the street, on television, on the big screen and elsewhere in everyday life. Through watching, reading, and discussion, students discover new meaning in their lived cultural experience.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 1020 
Beg Contemporary
with Experience

Invites students to deepen their somatic awareness, efficient athleticism, and creative voice through the medium of contemporary dance. Continues the investigation of contemporary dance forms that may include Afro-modern, floor work, inversions, classical modern, and improvisation. Classwork will deepen students’ alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, dynamics and spatial awareness. Recommended prereq., DNCE 1000 or previous dance experience. May be repeated up to 2 credit hours.

On Occasion

DNCE 1027 Introduction to Dance and Culture

Explores how the practice of dance can reflect, disrupt, subvert, support, and reinforce cultural expectations, norms and practices. Introduces international and domestic dance traditions and provides context for an interdisciplinary examination. Comparative readings from sociology, anthropology, gender studies, history, post-colonial studies, and political science provide a foundation to understand how cultural identities are negotiated and represented through movement.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts).

Fall 

DNCE 1100
Beg Ballet

Introduces beginning students to fundamental aspects of classical ballet technique; no previous experience required. Basic principles of alignment, rotation, and movement quality are introduced as the building blocks for success in advanced material. Foundational movements and ballet vocabulary are learned and refined. Students work toward mastery of simple combinations and rhythmic patterns. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 1120
Beg Ballet w/ Exp

Relies on a demonstrated comprehension of kinesthetic and conceptual principles mastered at the beginning level. New movements from the classical ballet vocabulary are introduced with continued emphasis on alignment, rotation, and movement quality. Ballet sequences are longer and more complex. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours. Recommended prereq., DNCE 1100 or previous ballet experience.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 1200
Beg Jazz Dance Technique

Introduces various styles of movement unique to jazz dance including improvisation, isolations, and African-influenced polyrhythms. Working within a range of dynamic performance styles, students will learn fundamental dance skills and jazz vocabulary, from which more advanced skills can be developed. Designed for students will little or no dance experience. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 1220
Beg Jazz Dance Technique w/ Experience

Digs deeper into syncopated movement style of the jazz vernacular by continuing the embodied investigation of the Africanist influence on the form.  This course demands a rigorous awareness of efficient alignment while engaging with complex movement and challenging rhythmic structures.  May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.  Recommended prereq., DNCE 1200 or previous dance experience.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 1301
Hop Dance Technique 1

Introduces students to Hip-Hop dance as a culturally significant form. Students learn history, the social and political forces at work, and the fundamental techniques (Campbell Locking, Popping, Breaking etiquette/movements, Hip-Hop Party Dance and House). Intellectual challenge is offered through the lens of critical race theory and historical context. Training addresses flexibility, sequencing, coordination, and performance skills. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 1901
Technique Practicum
Broadens students’ exposure to a range of diverse movement material.  Topical course in dance technique, see subtopic for specific form.  May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.Fall and/or Spring

DNCE 1908
Freshman Dance Seminar

Designed for new dance majors.  Freshman Dance Seminar serves as an introduction to the place of dance within academia and the professional/public spheres.  Through the practice of descriptive dance writing, theoretical and physical exploration of discrete pedagogical and choreographic procedures, and interactions with in-class guest artists of different disciplines, students will engage in independent research and physical experimentation, culminating in a final personal presentation and group performance.Fall 
DNCE 2005 Movement Awareness and Injury Prevention for the Dancer

Focuses on safe and effective dance practices supporting longevity and wellness.  Areas explored include: experiential anatomy, conditioning, alignment, nutrition, injury prevention, care of common dance injuries, and experience with various somatic practices.

Spring
DNCE 2021
Major Technique 

Designed for Dance majors. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 16 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 2141
Low/Int Ballet

Builds on an existing understanding of alignment, rotation, and movement quality to introduce more mentally and physically difficult movements and enchainements of the classical ballet vocabulary. Students must be able to demonstrate an embodied familiarity with all traditional barre exercises on the first day of class.  Recommended prereq., DNCE 1120 or previous ballet experience.Fall & Spring
DNCE 2501 African Dance 

Explores the technique, styles, and rhythms of regional and national cultures of Africa. Areas of concentration may vary each semester (e.g. Ghana, Mali, Guinea, etc.). Introduces signature attributes common to different countries’ dance traditions and features discussions of the musical traditions, histories, cosmologies, philosophies and aesthetics to contextualize and increase familiarity. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. 

Fall & Spring
DNCE 2701 
Contact Improv 
Investigates movement vocabulary and kinesthetic understanding through physical contact and weight-sharing between two or more dancers.  Fundamental skills of contact will be introduced and employed in duets and larger group improvisations: rolling, falling, giving and receiving weight, and the use of momentum and gravity.On Occasion
DNCE 3001  Int/Adv Contemporary

Challenges intermediate and advanced students to refine their understanding and personal approach to the study of international contemporary dance. Demands a deep sense of somatic awareness, efficient athleticism, and creative voice. Floor work, inversions, and improvisation may be included. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours. Recommended prereq., DNCE 1000 or DNCE 1020 or any major technique class ending in “1” or previous dnace experience. No audition required.

Spring
DNCE 3014 Rhythmic Skills for Dancers

Enhances rhythmic acuity through intensive rhythmic drills, analytical listening, drumming, notating and creating rhythm-based performance work. Course material explores non-Western rhythmic paradigms, irregular meters, mixed meters, polyrhythms, etc., and how to communicate clearly with a live accompanist in technique class. Department consent required for dance minors.

Fall 
DNCE 3033
Choreographic Resources
Explores movement invention and strategies of choreographic manipulation of body, space and time. Students add to their toolbox of compositional resources through solo and duet studies. Class interrogates and supports the students’ developing language for addressing, critiquing and comprehending compositional choices and structures through verbal and written feedback practice. Can be taken out of sequence with DNCE 3043. Fall or Spring, every other year
DNCE 3043 Choreographic ProcessExamines physical and spatial relationships via group and site specific work. New methods of creative problem solving unearth and mine one’s imagination and inspiration, cultivating the individual’s unique process of dance-making. Class interrogates and supports students’ developing language for addressing, critiquing and comprehending compositional choices and structures through verbal and written feedback practice. Can be taken out of sequence with DNCE 3033.Fall or Spring, every other year
DNCE 3024 Musical Resources for Dance

Examines how musical choices can profoundly affect audiences, dancers, and the creative process. Surveys historic and contemporary music styles and influential artists through guided listening and experimentation. Deepens understanding of music, including vocabulary, technology, collaboration skills, ethics, and copyright issues. Department consent required for dance minors

Spring

DNCE 3035 
Dance Production Practicums

Practical production activities and projects within a designated area of dance design, stage technology, or stage management, normally related to the department’s season. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.

Fall & Spring
DNCE 3041
Major Technique 

Designed for Dance majors. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 16 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring
DNCE 3161
Int Ballet

Surveys a wide range of the intermediate-level classical ballet vocabulary, focusing on an anatomically sound approach to the material.  Students must work efficiently to execute the technique with rhythmic accuracy, clarity of line, propriety of style, and fluency in translating names of steps. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.

Fall and/or Spring
DNCE 3241
Int Jazz

Expands student’s performance of the syncopated movement style of the jazz vernacular. Designed for the experienced jazz dancer. Includes dance techniques that further improves alignment, strength, flexibility, and coordination within the jazz idiom through an emphasis on style, rhythm, and more challenging dance combinations. May be repeated up to 2 credit hours. Recommended prereq., DNCE 1220 or previous dance experience.

Fall and/or Spring

DNCE 3601
Alexander Technique

Studies how human reaction, coordination, and movement play a role in all activities. Through in-depth class discussions, movement, exploration, and individualized hands-on lessons, actors and dancers gain an understanding of the technique and its benefits to performance. Meets with DNCE 5601.

Fall 
DNCE 3901
Technique Practicums

Topical course (intermediate level) in dance technique. See subtopic for specific form. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. May require an audition.

Fall and/or Spring
DNCE 4012
Concert Production

Provides practical experience in producing formal and informal dance concerts. Introduces basic familiarity with production and promotional responsibilities,  backstage and front-of-house duties and procedures. Meets with DNCE 5012.

Fall 
DNCE 4017 History and Philsophy of Dance

Traces the evolution of American concert dance through roots in select dance forms, including dances of the African Diaspora, Ballet, Social Dance, Jazz, Modern, and Folklorico. Studies specific dance artists against the backdrop of social, political, economic, and environmental issues. Recommended prereq. or coreq., a Human Diversity core requirement course. Approved for Arts and Sciences core curriculum: Literature and the Arts. Meets with DNCE 5017.

Fall 
DNCE 4023
Performance Improvisation Techniques
Explores movement and vocal improvisational techniques to enhance creative, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and performance skills.  Helps individuals expand their definition of performance, discover and access the diversity of the human instrument, and employ improvisation to create personal and social commentary. Meets with DNCE 5023.Fall or Spring, every other year
DNCE 4181
Adv Ballet
Investigates the full range of the advanced-level classical ballet vocabulary, focusing on an anatomically sound approach to the material. Exercises require strength and a deeply subtle understanding of principles of alignment, rotation, epaulement, and movement quality. Class moves quickly through enchainements of complex structure. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.Fall or Spring, every other year
DNCE 4261
Adv Jazz
Refines advanced students’ approach to the nuances and virtuosity of jazz idiom. Emphasis is placed on efficient use of alignment, complex polyrhythmic explorations and improvisations, and dynamic performance style. Class moves quickly through material and demands a high level of proficiency. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours. Meets with DNCE 5261.On Occasion

DNCE 4036
Methods of Teaching Dance

Examines legal, practical, pedagogical and philosophical issues in current dance education. Goals and content of professional and recreational dance training are considered and strategies for effective teaching practice are discussed. All genres of dance may be utilized depending on the specialities of participants.Meets with DNCE 5036.

Every 3rd Semester
DNCE 4037 Looking at Dance

Focuses on the development of perceptual, descriptive, and analytical skills as well as the ability to apply cultural and critical theory to 20th and 21st century concert dance. Specific pieces of choreography are looked at from a broad range of perspectives. Recommended prereq. or coreq., a Human Diversity core requirement course. Formerly DNCE 3027. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Spring
DNCE 4038
Repertory
Learning and performing dances from the repertory of current faculty members, artists-in-residence, and upon occasion from the repertory of historic modern dancers. Dance majors may repeat up to 9 total credit hours with different instructors. Enrollment by audition only. Meets with DNCE 5038.On Occasion
DNCE 4047
Hip-Hop Dance History

Addresses the origin and evolution of American Hip-Hop dance rooted in a theoretical structure that springs from the elemental nature of the African Diaspora.  Emphasis placed on the social, political, and economic environment in which it was fashioned.  Pioneers, innovators, terminology, and styles will be identified.  Course includes lectures, readings, audio/video analysis and discussion.  Meets with DNCE 5047.

Fall & Spring

DNCE 4053
Adv Dance Composition

Focuses on deepening the artistic voice and engaging with other art forms. Students explore the integration of technology and collaboration in creative projects and continue to engage in an objective critical process of their own work and the work of others. Meets with DNCE 5053.

Fall 
DNCE 4061
Major Technique 

Designed for Dance majors. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 16 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring
DNCE 4701
Contact Improv 2
Builds upon skills introduced in DNCE 2701 and moves into more rigorous exploration of weight sharing principles. Emphasis will be placed on ease and efficiency in partnering, and integrating this work into choreography and performance.  Meets with DNCE 5701.On Occasion
DNCE 4909
Special Topics
Explores topics and research in relation to areas such as technology, environment, teaching methods, performance, world dance, arts in society, and/or criticism that the normal sequence of offerings may not allow. Fall and/or Spring
DNCE 4939  Internship

Provides an opportunity for upper-division dance majors to serve apprenticeships in the community in work areas related to their major interests and career goals. Internships are available in areas such as arts administration, dance therapy, and technical production. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours. Instructor consent rquired.

Fall & Spring
THTR 1115
Costume Technologies
Introduces technical production elements and procedures including materials, organizations, methods and equipment to realize theatrical costuming and make-up.Fall & Spring
THTR 3149
Professional Orientation
Explores and identifies a wide range of professional opportunities connected to personal strengths and interests in theatre and dance by studying current professional practices, trends and cross-disciplinary connections.  Instructor will:  provide information/learning needed from representative professionals; open avenues to find/create employment opportunities towards internship consideration/post-graduation; and mentor structured self-assessment/professional development.Fall
THTR 4029
Dance and Community Engagment

Investigates community engagement and collaboration. Students explore the creative process, performance, production, workshop facilitation, and logistical coordination through participation in a touring dance company. Full year course; consecutive fall and spring semesters required. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring

THTR 4081 
Senior Seminar
Intellectual and conceptual capstone course for departmental majors with separate sections for theatre and dance students. Course promotes integration of ideas regarding history, criticism, and theory in performance and production. All inquiry throughout the semester relates to the theme of creative process.Spring
DNCE 5001
Graduate Technique 

Graduate Technique. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.

Fall & Spring
DNCE 5012
Concert Production

Provides practical experience in producing formal and informal dance concerts. Introduces basic familiarity with production and promotional responsibilities,  backstage and front-of-house duties and procedures. Meets with DNCE 4012.

Fall 
DNCE 5014
Grad Rhythmic Skills

Enhances rhythmic acuity through intensive rhythmic drills, analytical listening, drumming, notating and creating rhythm-based performance work. Course material explores non-Western rhythmic paradigms, irregular meters, mixed meters, poly-meter, polyrhythms, etc., and how to communicate clearly with a live accompanist in technique class. Meets with DNCE 3014.

Fall 
DNCE 5017
History and Philosphy of Dance

Same as DNCE 4017 with addition of graduate papers and/or a project.

Fall 
DNCE 5023
Performance Improvisation
Same as DNCE 4023 with the addition of written analysis and creative assignments.On Occasion
DNCE 5024
Grad Musical Resources

Examines how musical choices can profoundly affect audiences, dancers, and the creative process. Surveys historic and contemporary music styles and influential artists through guided listening and experimentation. Deepens understanding of music, including vocabulary, technology, collaboration skills, ethics, and copyright issues. Meets with DNCE 3024.

Spring
DNCE 5038
Repertory
Same as DNCE 4038 except graduate students are required to keep a log of the learning process involved in repertory to document and analyze each work in terms of stylistic differences, musical/sound accompaniment and trends. Dance majors may repeat up to 9 total credit hours with different instructors. Enrollment by audition only.On Occasion
DNCE 5047
Hip-Hop Dance History

Addresses the origin and evolution of American Hip-Hop dance rooted in a theoretical structure that springs from the elemental nature of the African Diaspora.  Emphasis placed on the social, political, and economic environment in which it was fashioned.  Pioneers, innovators, terminology, and styles will be identified.  Course includes lectures, readings, audio/video analysis and discussion.  Meets with DNCE 4047.

Fall & Spring
DNCE 5048
Dance & Community Engagment
Develops choreography and ensemble performances for undergraduates enrolled in THTR 4029. This course workshops the practices of community engagement. Within this context, each choreographer may develop work that reflects his or her creative passions and research interests, with due consideration of the demographics of outreach audiences.Fall & Spring
DNCE 5053
Adv Dance Composition
Focuses on deepening the artistic voice and engaging with other art forms. Students explore the integration of technology and collaboration in creative projects and continue to engage in an objective critical process of their own work and the work of others. Meets wtih DNCE 4053.Fall 
DNCE 5056 
Grad Teaching Seminar
Examines practical, pedagogical, philosophical, and legal issues in current dance education. The goals and content of professional and recreational dance training are considered and strategies for effective teaching practice are discussed. Provides practice in practical application of theoretical material. All genres of dance may be utilized.Fall or Spring, every other year
DNCE 5101
Int Grad Ballet
See DNCE 3161 course description above. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.Fall and/or Spring
DNCE 5601
Alexander Technique
Studies how human reaction, coordination, and movement play a role in all activities. Graduate students will explore direct application to dance training, performance, choreography, and teaching. Through in-depth class discussions, movement exploration, and individualized hands-on lessons, actors and dancers gain an understanding of the technique and its benefits to performance. Meets with DNCE 3601.Fall 
DNCE 5701
Grad Contact Improv 2 
Moves into rigorous exploration of weight sharing principles. Emphasis will be placed on ease and efficiency in partnering, and integrating this work into choreography and performance. Meets with DNCE 4701.On Occasion
DNCE 5901
Grad Technique 
Offers special courses in the technique series. Course may meet at the same time with an undergraduate studio course and includes the practical movement experience with an additional scholarly study of specially chosen issues in dance. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.Fall & Spring
DNCE 5909
Special Topics
Explores topics and research in relation to areas such as technology, environment, teaching methods, performance, world dance, arts in society, and/or criticism that the normal sequence of offerings may not allow. Fall and/or Spring
DNCE 6009
Research Strategies and Techniques
Examines research methodologies appropriate to the performing arts, particularly theatre and dance. Projects are aimed at familiarizing graduate students with the library and other resources, andthe development of thesis and dissertation prospectuses. Fall 
DNCE 6016 Teaching Lab

Provides opportunity to apply principles and skills introduced in DNCE 5036. Participating students share the responsibility for teaching a lab class that meets twice a week. Focuses on analysis and evaluation of teaching skills.

On Occasion
DNCE 6047 
Seminar in Dance
Intensive study of selected topics related to the art of dance, dance criticism, dance aesthetics, and dance in relationship to historical, social, and cultural environments with an emphasis on contemporary American forms and their roots.Fall or Spring
DNCE 6056
Professional Development
Examines current trends and issues in dance education and the professional dance world.  Explores curriculum development, administration, and job opportunities along with other topics such as grant writing, community engagement, dance advocacy, and working as an independent artist.On Occasion
DNCE 6073
Grad Choreography
Covers in-depth practical and theoretical approaches to dance composition for graduate students; solo and group forms; and analysis of historical and contemporary dance works. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with different instructors.Spring
DNCE 6101
Adv Grad Ballet
Open only to graduate dance majors. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.On Occasion
DNCE 6949,6959,6969Candidate for Degree, Master’s Thesis, and Graduate ProjectEvery

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