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Course Information and Descriptions
DNC 122 Modern Dance Technique I (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is designed for students interested in the fundamentals of
modern dance, whether they are beginning dancers, teachers of
theater movement, athletes, or persons interested in dance as a fine
art. It is also designed so that a student will develop his/her
kinesthetic intelligence (literacy) at the place and experience of
his/her technical background. Modern Dance Technique I will
develop physical proficiency in variable movements that apply to all
dance genres.
3 Hours
DNC 123 Jazz Technique I (3-0)
This course is designed for students interested in the fundamentals of
jazz dance, whether they are beginning dancers, teachers of theater
movement, athletes, returning dancers or persons interested in dance
as a fine art. It is also designed so that any student will develop
his/her kinesthetic intelligence (literacy) at the place and experience
of his/her technical background.
DNC 124 Beginning Yoga (3-0)
3 Hours
In this course students will study the physical and philosophical
foundations of Yoga, the ancient art of unifying the body and mind.
Students will learn and practice physical postures (asanas), as well as
techniques for proper breathing, relaxation and concentration. An
introduction to the philosophy and history of Yoga are included in
this study, which students will explore through readings and written
assignments. Special attention will be paid to anatomy and
kinesiology as it applies to the dancer. By the end of the course,
students will demonstrate a kinesthetic awareness of the body, and
the ability to use yoga as a tool for enhancing dance training,
performance and daily living. This course is repeatable up to four
times but will only count for graduation once.
DNC 125 Elements of Dance Composition I (3-0)
3 Hours
This course will explore the basic concepts of dance composition
(i.e. space, time, gravity, energy), and aesthetic theories of
choreography of dance, through variable choreographic assignments
and exercises. This course will also include selected studies of
acclaimed choreographers and their works in the history of dance.
DNC 126 Dance Forms I (3-0)
3 Hours
This course explores specific movements, styles, and social and
cultural backgrounds of various dance forms. It will increase
students’ technical abilities as well as broaden their understanding of
the history of selected dance traditions and practices throughout the
world. Each semester, one to three various dance forms will be
introduced. The students will be immersed in the physical
characteristics of the movement aesthetics as well as the cultural
context in which each dance form exists. Examples of dance forms
include African, Indian, Native American, Tap, Irish, Flamenco,
Kabuki, etc.
May be taken twice for credit; any form/level once
DNC 129 Dance Practicum I (0-6)
3 Hours
This course provides students with supervised practical experience in
dance performance and/or production. Course can be tailored to
various aspects of dance production including performance,
choreography, directing, costume design, and lighting.
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Recommended: Strong verbal communication skills
DNC 141 Beginning Hip Hop (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is designed for students interested in the fundamentals of
hip hop dance. The course will introduce students to the basic
movement skills as well as develop an understanding of the
historical and artistic aspects of hip hop culture.
DNC 142 Beginning Capoeira (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is designed for students interested in the fundamentals of
Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art form that incorporates
elements of dance, martial arts, music, and acrobatics. Students will
be introduced to the basic movement skills, musical instruments and
songs inherent in Capoeira, as well as engage students in developing
an understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of Capoeira
culture.
DNC 143 Beginning Tap (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is designed for students interested in the fundamentals of
tap technique. Students will learn basic movement skills, rhythmic
variations, tempo and musical phrasing through a series of tap
combinations. Students will also develop an understanding of the
historical and cultural aspects of tap as an American art form.
DNC 221 Intermediate Ballet Technique (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is designed for students continuing beyond the
fundamentals of ballet, and wishing to develop his/her ballet
technique. Intermediate Ballet will particularly stress strength,
flexibility, musical ability and endurance; as such barre exercises
will progress to releve, and turns and batterie work will be doubled.
Center work will also be extended, and if possible, some
introductory pointe work will occur at mid -semester, (to be done
only 15 minutes at the end of a class period).
Prerequisite: DNC 121
DNC 222 Intermediate Modern Dance Technique (3-0)3 Hours
This course is designed for students continuing beyond the
fundamentals of modern dance and wishing to develop their modern
dance technique. Intermediate Modern Dance Technique is for
beginning dancers, teachers of theater movement, athletes, or persons
interested in dance as a fine art. Great choreographers will also be
explored and imitated through various class sessions.
Prerequisite: DNC 122
DNC 223 Intermediate Jazz Technique (3-0)
3 Hours
Intermediate Jazz Technique is designed for students continuing
beyond the fundamentals of jazz technique to further develop their
dance skills. The course is for intermediate dancers, teachers of
theatre movement, returning dancers, athletes, or persons interested
in dance as a fine art. Students will develop their kinesthetic literacy
at the places and experiences of their technical backgrounds. Various
great choreographers will be explored and imitated.
Prerequisite: DNC 123
May be taken twice for credit toward degree
DNC 224 Intermediate Yoga (3-0)
3 Hours
In this course students will deepen their study and practice of yoga.
Students will master the basic knowledge learned in Beginning Yoga,
while studying advanced poses and breathing techniques. The course
will look more deeply into Indian philosophy, responding in writing
to portions of India’s classic text, the Bhagavad-Gita. Special
attention will be paid to anatomy and kinesiology as it applies to the
dancer. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate an
advanced kinesthetic awareness of the body, the ability to perform
advanced poses, and a deeper understanding of the philosophy and
science of yoga. This course may be taken up to four times, but will
only count one time towards graduation.
Prerequisite: DNC 124
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