Credit Courses

(DAN) Dance

General Education course Humanities / Diversity and Global Perspective
DAN 101 - Introduction to Dance and Culture (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of instructor
Introductory study of dance as an art form, investigating the impact of gender, politics, religion, and culture on how dance is perceived. Develops a fuller appreciation of how dance has been used over the course of human history in western and non-western cultures to communicate human needs and to express what words cannot communicate. [Fall and Spring offering] 3 lecture hours
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DAN 102 - Ballet I (2 credits)
Introduces traditional or classic ballet terminology, forms, and techniques. Emphasizes body alignment and physical skill needed for proper classical ballet movements. [Spring offering] 1 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 103 - Modern Dance I (2 credits)
Introduces the techniques and motor skills of modern dance, including basic body skills, placement, alignment, and continuity. [Fall offering] 1 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 105 - Jazz Dance I (2 credits)
Fundamentals of jazz dance techniques with emphasis on syncopated rhythms and isolations of the body. [Fall and Spring offering] 1 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 112 - Ballet II (2 credits)
Prerequisite: DAN 102 or permission of instructor
Study of ballet technique on an intermediate level. [Spring offering] 1 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 113 - Modern Dance II (2 credits)
Prerequisite: DAN 103
Study of modern dance techniques on an intermediate level, and an introduction to repertory. [Fall offering] 1 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 115 - Jazz Dance II (2 credits)
Prerequisite: DAN 105 or permission of instructor
Study of jazz dance techniques on an intermediate level, with emphasis on syncopated rhythms and isolations of the body. [Fall and Spring offering] 1 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 116 - Studio Dance Technique I (3 credits)
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DAN 117 - Studio Dance Technique II (3 credits)
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DAN 118 - Studio Dance Technique III (3 credits)
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DAN 119 - Studio Dance Technique IV (3 credits)
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A sequence of courses required of all students in the dance program, provides an intensive approach to skill development, discipline, and knowledge for mastery of the three concert dance styles: ballet, jazz, and modern. Daily technique classes cater to specific needs and abilities. Related issues of career planning, personal health, and ensemble work are also addressed. 6 studio hours

DAN 120 - Choreography I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: DAN 116 or divisional permission
Introduces several choreographic strategies used to develop an idea into a dance structured for the stage. Students are exposed to the tools of choreography beginning with basics -- time, space, and force -- and then move on to more complex issues faced by intermediate choreographers: form, style, abstraction, compositional structures, and choreographic devices. [Spring offering] 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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DAN 285 - Special Studies: Dance (3 credits)
Prerequisites: DAN 101, DAN 116, DAN 117, DAN 120 and permission of program coordinator
Opportunity for students who have completed regular course offerings to continue their studies at an advanced level. Individual students and faculty develop a project contract that sets forth objectives, standards of quality, evaluation guidelines, and deadlines. [Fall offering] 6 studio hours
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