Dance Course Descriptions

Dance 111 - Basic Technique I

One-half course for one semester.  Designed for students with no previous dance training, this course provides a foundation for the further study of a variety of dance forms.  Principles of alignment, body mechanics and locomotion will be explored through the practice of movement vocabularies drawn primarily from American modern dance.  The course includes an introduction to improvisation and composition and a discussion of critical perspectives from which to view contemporary dance performance. Studio.

Dance 112 - Basic Technique II

One-half or full course for one semester.  This course builds on concepts and practices introduced in Dance 111.  Drawn primarily from the techniques of American modern dance, students will study the essentials of both classic and contemporary movement vocabularies and explore elements of choreography.  Elementary instruction in rhythm is also provided. With the instructor's permission, students may enroll in the course for one unit, and will carry out an extended examination of contemporary dance performance. Studio.

Dance 211 - Intermediate Contemporary Dance I

Full course for one semester. Technical study explores the techniques of Limon, Nikolais and Cunningham. Students investigate the elements of dance through improvisation and composition, creating movement vocabulary and building dance phrases. Dances choreographed in class are presented in the end of semester concert. Studio.

Dance 212 - Intermediate Contemporary Dance II

Full course for one semester. Classical and contemporary forms will be the bases from which students develop strength, flexibility and versatility in movement. Composition will focus on orchestration of traditional structures as a vehicle for solo and group dance works. Students participate in discussion and critique of class work and perform in the end of semester concert. Studio.

Dance 221 - Contemporary Performance Ensemble

One-half course for one semester. This course focuses on performance through the development, rehearsal, and production of a contemporary dance work. Students will address the technical, stylistic, and interpretive challenges of the choreographic material presented as well as developing and manipulating choreographic material of their own. Work in and out of class leading to performance will be supported through written responses, small group sessions, and critiques. Prerequisite: instructor’s permission or audition. Dance 211 and 212 (or Dance 210) strongly recommended. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only. May be repeated for credit, with departmental approval. Studio.

Dance 252 - Improvisation

One-half or full course for one semester. Since the early 1960s, improvisation has played an increasingly more sophisticated role in contemporary dance. This course will investigate contemporary improvisational practices that are at once creative, performative, and philosophic. The first half of the course will focus on contact improvisation, a partnering form that explores the exchange of physical support, the practice of which has challenged notions of gender roles, ability and disability, and community structure. The second half of the course will focus on choreographic improvisation, an ensemble form in which movement scores are developed and refined over time, and which has influenced changing views of the function of performance and the relationship of makers, performers and viewers of dance. One year of dance technique or one year of intermediate-level creative work in visual art, music, theater or creative writing recommended. Studio.

Dance 311 - Advanced Technique and Composition

Full course for one semester. This class will emphasize rigorous technical training and advanced work in choreography. Technical material will be drawn from classic as well as contemporary movement vocabularies and will include detailed work in alignment and introductory partnering. Choreography assignments will focus on using a variety of source materials and conceptual bases from which to generate both detailed movement material and formal structures. With permission of the instructor, the course may be repeated as an advanced practicum. Prerequisite: Dance 211 and 212 or equivalent experience. Studio. Not offered 2007-08.

Dance 312 - Advanced Technique and Composition

Full course for one semester. Rigorous technical training and advanced work in choreography. Technical material will be drawn from the Cunningham, Limon and contemporary movement vocabularies. Choreography assignments will center on non-musical sources for movement invention and various approaches to orchestration of movement material. With permission of the instructor, the course may be repeated as an advanced practicum. Studio.

Dance 321 - Dance Traditions of Western Civilization

Full course for one semester. A survey of the development of dance as a performing art in Western culture, beginning with Greek dance, the court ballet, dances of the Renaissance, and nineteenth century romantic ballet. Lecture-conference. Not offered 2007-08.

Dance 322 - Twentieth-Century American Dance

Full course for one semester. Beginning with the Diaghilev ballet and early pioneers of modern dance, this course traces the development of both modern dance and ballet in the United States. Covers the work of major twentieth century choreographers, including Balanchine, Graham, Humphrey, Weidman, Nikolais, Cunningham, and the postmodernists. Lecture-conference.

Dance 330 - Dance Theory and Criticism

Full course for one semester. A survey of the choreographic theories and criticism of major choreographers of the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to Fokine, Balanchine, Graham, Humphrey, Cunningham, Nikolais, and the postmodern movement. Conference. Not offered 2007-08.

Dance 335 - Special Projects in Choreography: Dancing Home

One-half or full course for one semester. This class will investigate autobiographical history as a vehicle for performance. Through the use of movement, text, vocalizations, journal writing, memory games, interactive software and storytelling, students will create performances based on their real-life experience. Prerequisite: Dance 211 or 212, or one year of dance technique and one year of intermediate-level creative process work in movement, music, theater, writing or the visual arts. Conference/studio.

Dance 340 - Dance and Technology

One half or full course for one semester. This class will explore image-making using computer animation, video, digital photography, and other technological tools. Students will create performance works exploring the combination of technologically created images and live performance. Prerequisite: Dance 211 and 212 (or Dance 210), one year of dance technique, or one year of intermediate-level creative work in dance, music, theater, creative writing, or the visual arts. Studio. Not offered 2007-08.

Dance 481 - Independent Study

One-half or full course for one semester. Prerequisite: approval of instructor and division.




Top of Page