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DAN132 - Ballet Technique I

Introductory instruction in the basic techniques applicable to ballet as practiced in western Europe and in the United States is covered. Basic techniques include barre exercises, port de bras and center practice with jumps, beats and turns. Previous experience in ballet STRONGLY recommended. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

DAN133 - Jazz Technique I

Introductory, entry-level experience instruction in the basic techniques applicable to jazz and contemporary dance. The focus is on lengthening muscles and developing isolation techniques necessary for most forms of jazz dance. Includes standing floor, warm-up/stretch, and center practice jumps, turns and isolations. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

DAN232 - Ballet Technique II

The development of strength and fluidity through an extension of techniques demonstrated in specialized study and drill is the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on quick retention of complex combinations. Further emphasis is placed on center work to develop the student's artistry in the dance form. Prerequisite: DAN 132 or permission of instructor. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

DAN233 - Jazz Technique II

The development of strength and fluidity through an extension of jazz techniques demonstrated in specialized study and drill is the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on quick retention of complex combinations. Further emphasis is placed on center work to develop the student's artistry in the dance form. Prerequisite: DAN 133 or permission of instructor. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

DAN260 - Modern Dance

Modern dance is an expressive form of movement which serves to enhance individual creativity and exploration. The class will emphasize creative problem solving through movement and modern dance technique. The development of movement quality, as well as the use of force, time and energy, will be explored while learning the rich history of modern dance. Every second spring. (3 crs.)

DAN301 - Theatre Dance I

Introductory, entry-level instruction in the basic elements of period movement/style used in acting and musical theater, as well as social/ballroom, jazz and tap dance, will be presented in this course. Student presentations of these various styles and dance forms used in musical theater will be provided by the instructor and evaluated for credit. This course is required for all theater majors and acting minors. Character shoes required for females. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

DAN302 - Theatre Dance II

This course will help the dancer develop specific movement skill and style in the area of musical theater. Emphasis will be place on the basic techniques of American modern, jazz and tap forms including those used by Agnes DeMille and Jerome Robbins (American modern), Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett (jazz), as well as Gene Kelly and Gregory Hines (tap). This course is required for dance minors. Prerequisite: Dance minor or permission of instructor. Fall or spring. (3 crs.)

DAN399 - Dance History

The historical investigation of dance in its traditional, social and theatrical contexts. The student will be expected to give presentations, write papers and take part in group projects and discussions. Spring semester, odd years. (3 crs.)