Undergraduate Program

Courses

Courses currently being offered:

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Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.
NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

DAN 102 FUNDAMENTALS OF MOVEMENT

Movement through the use of technique and improvisation. Emphasizes spontaneity, joy in moving, self-awareness and is based on experiential anatomy and developmental movement patterns. Provides strong foundation for further study in dance, theater, or sports. No previous dance training required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 104 CONTACT IMPROVISATION I

Rooted in dance, martial arts and studies of body development and awareness. A duet form where partners use weight, momentum, and inertia to move each other freely through space. Solo and duet skills, rolling, falling, balance, counter-balance, jumping, weight sharing, spirals explored. Skill work combined with more open dancing in a supportive and focused environment. No previous dance training required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 108 ECOLING: LANG & MOVEMENT

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 110 BEGINNING DANCE TECHNIQUES (JAZZ, BALLET AND MODERN)

Introduction to dance technique, specifically in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary Modern Dance. Emphasis will be on the development of basic skills, energy, strength, control, breath, alignment, continuity and connectivity, and rhythmic and bodily awareness. No prior training is necessary or expected.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 114 INTRODUCTION TO YOGA

Yoga is defined as “union”, the uniting together of ourselves in all aspects- body, mind, heart, spirit. This class introduces the student to a hatha yoga method which integrates a dynamic and engaging approach to living through practicing “on and off the mat.” The goal of this class is to learn how to create a deeper, more enlivened relationship to one’s self through honoring one’s abilities and limitations, while growing one’s skills and sensitivity in the supportive environment of the class community. Students will engage with principles of attitude, alignment and action in a full range of hatha yoga poses, breathing techniques, readings on yoga philosophy, reflection, journaling and discussion. Through this ongoing process, students of yoga are encouraged to cultivate a more expansive and clear perception of self and others. Attendance in selected workshops and performances are required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 115 MOVING INTO STILLNESS

The aim of this course is to discover the benefits of slowing down amid the constant motion of daily life. Each class will be experiential in nature. In addition to class discussions, students will be guided in meditation techniques, relaxation and other mindfulness practices. Regular reading and writing assignments will give students exposure to contemporary thought, scientific research and ancient teachings to support their practice, gain insight and develop tools for personal growth.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 116 INTRODUCTION TO SOMATIC BALLET

Approach ballet technique through the lens of somatic practices, placing an emphasis on dynamic alignment, movement efficiency, connectivity, articulation, phrasing, and breath support. While the primary focus is on an embodied practice, students can expect to develop an appreciation for aspects of the ballet aesthetic while considering theoretical aspects related to historical and socio-cultural contexts.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 125 INTRODUCTION TO DANCE THERAPY

Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy probes the ecology and roots of dance/movement therapy in dance, cultural studies, counseling, and psychology. Compares and contrasts varying approaches to the theory and practice of dance/movement therapy and examines the links among core elements of dance and mental health. Experientials, creative dance, and videotapes of actual sessions with a variety of populations highlight these concepts.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

DAN 130 CONDITIONING FOR DANCER & ATHLETE

Body conditioning aimed to develop and strengthen specific musculature as it pertains to physical demands of dancers, athletes, martial artists, as well as those who wish to explore a mindful, physical and anatomically sound practice. Will introduce fundamental strength training based in Pilates, hands-on bodywork and basic movement sequences designed to help prevent injury as well as build core strength, endurance, coordination and overall physical mobility and stability.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 135 WAYS OF SEEING:DRAW&DANCE

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2013

DAN 140 TAP DANCE:BEGINNING

Development of basic skills, energy, strength, control, continuity, and rhythmic and bodily awareness through the teaching of rhythm tap dance. No previous tap dance experience is expected.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 145 BEGINNING JAZZ TECHNIQUE

Vernacular jazz movement as it relates to jazz music and its historical context. Stylistically eclectic courses will blend the challenges of full-bodied, culturally influenced dancing with a sense of one's own self. Development of basic skills, energy, strength, control, continuity, and rhythmic and bodily awareness.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 150 BEGINNING CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE

Focus is on contemporary dance, a form that is an evolving exploration of expression through movement. It will blend the challenges of full-bodied, momentum-driven dancing with a sense of ones own self-awareness and discovery. Through rigorous dancing, move beyond not only physical, but also artistic boundaries and dimensions. 

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 160 DANCE IMPROVISATION

This course is designed for those with some experience in dance who wish to explore mechanisms for generating movement and dance through improvisation. Through movement exploration, reading and discussions, students will become familiar with the process of spontaneous creation.  We will explore various aspects of improvisation including Scores, Site Specific Work, Contact Improvisation and the work of chance.  Through investigation, students will strive for full embodiment, presence, and intuitive awareness.  The course works with theoretical concepts based in (but not limited to) Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, fundamentals of Laban Movement Analysis and other cultural forms of performing arts in the pursuit to understand improvisation as practice, technique, performance and composition. Supporting inspiration and freedom for the exploration of artistic expression and development is at the forefront of this class. 

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 170 EMBODIED RESOURCING THROUGH SOMATIC PRACTICES

From subtle intrinsic movement to whole body integration, students will have the opportunity to experience several somatic modalities and discover what it means to be alive. Meditation and mindfulness practices provide the foundation for listening inwardly to one's immediate embodied experience. From this felt sense and the inherent wisdom of the body, students will be encouraged by various practitioners to explore Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum Movement, and other practices. This work can be powerful for dancers, and others who are inquisitive, in becoming more open and present. Experiential practice, reflective writing, readings, discussion, and a project will comprise the course. Participation in 3-4 labs throughout the semester will be required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 171 CAPOEIRA: BRAZILIAN ART MOVEMENT

An art form of self-defense with aerobic and dance elements that brings together a harmony of forces. Through history, movement and culture, students gain self-confidence, power, flexibility, endurance, and tools towards self-discovery. Open to all, Capoeira balances the body, mind, and soul and enables one to break through limits, revitalizing oneself for everyday life.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 180 CREATIVE MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE

Meditative movement, dance technique, improvisation and rhythm identification through music and drumming. Improve strength, flexibility and self-awareness of the body. Specific dance forms such as Egyptian & Turkish Oriental, Tunisian, American Tribal and Folkloric/Bedouin styles of North Africa will be taught. Explore issues of gender, body image, historical perspectives and Orientalism.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

DAN 181 WEST AFRICAN DANCE FORMS I

Dynamic dance traditions of Guinea, West Africa. Accompanied by live music, students learn footwork and movements for several rhythms and acquire familiarity with the physical stance common to many styles of West African dance. Learn to execute movements together with the rhythmic foundation provided by our drummers and become familiar with the origins and cultural significance of each dance, and the songs that accompany them.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 182 WEST AFRICAN DANCE FORMS 1A

A continuation of Dance 181.

Prerequisites: DAN 181
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 186 JAMAICAN POPULAR DANCE

An energetic exploration of movement and music from Jamaican popular culture. Evolution of dancehall from the early ’80’s to present, emphasizing influential elements of other genres such as Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz & Rock 'n Roll. It also focuses on the folkloric movement of the island that has evolved and re-entered the popular social dance repertoire.

Last Offered: Spring 2011

DAN 188 HIP HOP CULTURE & BREAKING

Originated in the boroughs of New York City, hip hop has grown to become a global phenomenon, influencing the lives of countless individuals with the core ideals of peace, unity, love and having fun. The class will provide a look into the historical origins and social importance of hip hop culture. The main focus will be on the original dance of hip hop culture - breaking, (also known as bboying). The class format is geared towards physical movement along with lectures, videos and opportunities to attend events in the community.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 189 HIP HOP CULT & BREAKING IA

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

DAN 190 MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE: FOLKLORIC/BEDOUIN

Traditional Folkloric roots of Middle Eastern Dance, focusing on specific Bedouin dance styles of North Africa (Raks Shaabi). Discourse and research will address issues of gender and body image. Improving strength, flexibility and self-awareness of the body, the class work will include meditative movement, dance technique, choreography and improvisation. No prior dance experience necessary.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 195 WORLD DANCE:MOVEMENT AS CULTURE

Exploration of world cultures through dance. Dance literacy through movement and embodied dance history. Investigates historical and anthropological significance of dance as well as provides an experience of the movement qualities of different world cultures.

Last Offered: Summer 2017

DAN 200 ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY

This course will focus on the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems primarily in order to explore efficiency of movement, alignment, and body connectivity. Additionally, the class will explore topics that promote well-being such as: nutrition, hydration, rest, joint health, injury prevention, basic injury treatments, and fitness and strength practices that support the demands of dance. The class will include reading, discussion, research, creative approaches, writing, and kinesthetic practice.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 203 CONTACT IMPROVISATION II

A continuation of DAN 104 that is taught concurrently with the introductory course. Students in DAN 203 will gain a deeper experiential and intellectual knowledge of contact by exploring issues further. Work includes both more advanced practice with other DAN 203 students, and the experience of helping teach the DAN 104 students the basic principles of contact.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 204 CONTACT IMPROVISATION & CULTURE

Rooted in dance, the martial arts and studies of body development and awareness, students will use weight, momentum, and inertia to move each other freely through space. Solo and duet skills such as rolling, falling, balance, counter-balance, jumping, weight sharing, and spirals will be explored to facilitate open dancing. Reading and writing assignments will explore the history and practice of contact improvisation and how it deals with physical ability, gender, social connection, and the student’s relationship to their own culture. Classes will primarily involve physical movement, but some time will be spent on discussion of the class exercises, readings, and personal experiences.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 208 T'AI CHI: MOVEMENT ART & CULTURE

A study of Taijiquan, (also known as T’ai Chi Ch’uan or “Tai Chi”), a traditional Chinese martial art, and its intimate relationship to the cosmological, physiological, and philosophical conceptions found in the culture and thought from which it emerged. The course investigates both the traditional Chinese philosophy and movement aspects of Tai Chi in order to better understand the integration of human body, mind, and spirit. The Simplified 24-Step Taijiquan (Ershisi Shi Taijiquan) is learned, along with the foundation skills of the Eight Methods or Energies (Ba Fa), Reeling Silk (Chan Si Gong), Pushing Hands (Tui Shou), and Standing Pole meditation (Zhan Zhuang). Tai Chi is not only a valuable cross training exercise for the dancer, but also provides training for relaxed strength, whole body coordination, balance, centered alignment, timing, weight shifting and moving with fluid grace.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 209 QIGONG WAY TO HEALTH

Qi Gong is a ancient Chinese internal art and an early forerunner of Tai Ji Quan. It is an Eastern Movement Discipline (EMD) which embodies a holism of Eastern martial arts and Eastern meditation. This course is a study of the philosophical roots, mindful practices and physical movements of Qi Gong in order to better understand and attain the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Topics will include traditional Chinese cultural concepts such as Yin-Yang theory, Five Element theory and Qi theory and their potential inclusion in modern Western culture. Qi Gong provides the dancer and athlete with healthy lifestyle practices and fitness training for better breathing, body awareness, focus and concentration, mental presence, imagery, and cultivating and expressing energy flow.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 211 TAI CHI EXPLORATIONS

Dancers, musicians, actors, painters, philosophers, poets, warriors, healers, and artists of every discipline historically have utilized the Chinese internal arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong as tools for the mobilization of qi, or energy, in order to achieve health, healing, and mind-body-spirit integration. This course combines movement, meditative, and breathing exercises and traditional forms with readings, video viewings, creative exercises, exploratory projects, and discussions of literature and philosophy to explore how the practice and philosophy of these transformative arts can lead to mental and physical balance, body-mind integration, self-discovery, creative expression, and peak athletic and enhanced artistic performance. (Four Credit Hours)

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 212 NGOMA:DRUM-DANCE&RIT S AFR

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 215 BEGINNING BALLET II/ADV BEGINNING BALLET

Designed as an extension of previous ballet training, offering the opportunity to continue the study of classical ballet at the beginning/intermediate level. Engage in an exploration of the physical and aesthetic elements of classical ballet within a contemporary framework. Current practices and concepts regarding dance training (anatomy, somatics, etc.) will be explored while maintaining several traditional aspects of the training process. Students can expect to learn in a supportive environment in which they can acquire a deeper appreciation of ballet as an art form, a greater understanding and command of ballet vocabulary in terms of function and expression, and an increased sense of self-awareness and the mind-body connection.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DAN 216 YOGA & EXPERIENTIAL ANATOMY

Yoga asanas (postures) act as a unifying hub for learning about and experiencing the human anatomical system. Variety of other movement and meditation disciplines will complement this process. Delving experientially into bones, muscles, organs, nervous system, and bio-energetic theories will bring deeper awareness to the exploration of the yoga asanas, as well as to our daily functional movement.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

DAN 225 YOGA II:CONTINUING THE JOURNEY

In this course, students with prior yoga and/or dance experience will learn how to refine their skills through a continued exploration of asanas, pranayama, philosophy, and meditation. We will explore a more rigorous vinyasa flow practice, resulting in students developing more clarity regarding alignment, breath support, core aliveness, and, ultimately, body/self-awareness. While this is an individualized practice, the importance of community will be emphasized throughout as students share aspects of their practice with each other. Readings, discussion, and reflective writing are inherent to deepening one’s practice.

Prerequisites: DAN 114 or DAN 216 or equivalent experience with instructor's permission.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 226 YOGA III:DEEPENING THE PRACTICE

This class is designed to meet the needs of students who already have an ongoing practice of hatha yoga and are interested in stepping more deeply into the refinements of asana and pranayama, as well as reflection, understanding and assimilation of the concepts and teachings of yoga philosophy. Students will continue to enhance and grow their technical skills using principles of alignment and engagement which are both scientific and artful. While building more physical strength and suppleness, students will also establish a more steady foundation of understanding in how to embody and practically apply the knowledge gained from what they are reading, learning and journaling about.

Prerequisites: DAN 114 or DAN 225 or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 228 DANCE HISTORY:PHILOSOPHY, AESTHETICS & CULTURE

This course examines the origins and development of western concert dance during the 20th and 21st century. Through lecture, discussion, film/video viewing, reading/writing assignments and movement experiences, we explore a variety of dance artists and their work and acknowledge a broader global perspective in terms of aesthetics, socio-cultural context and continued evolution in the contemporary dance landscape in regards to form, trends, and style. This course will serve as an investigation of dance history from a critical and analytical perspective, interfacing with a variety of theoretical frameworks.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DAN 230 LIVING ANATOMY, LIVING YOGA

Freshly experience inhabiting a human body and its postural alignment through the deep work of noticing and embracing anatomical processes. A counter-pose to the pressures of college life, discover embodiment as a resource for self-awareness, support, ease, and stress relief. Show up, slow down, pay attention, meditate, feel, sense, and relax. Explore form and the nature of mind through yogic practices. Color anatomical drawings, read about human structures, write responses, reflect on one’s unique living anatomy, and adopt simple daily practices outside of class. Students will meet with the instructor to design a project based on their distinct interests and needs.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 240 TAP DANCE:INTERMEDIATE

Expand upon your tap dance foundation. Discover techniques essential for the study of Rhythm Tap Dance including subtle weight shifts, articulate footwork, and dynamics. Explore the physical interpretation of rhythm through the art of tap dance and the practice of improvisation.

Prerequisites: Previous tap dance experience is expected.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 242 DESIGN FOR DANCE

This is an introductory design course aimed at giving students exposure to light as a medium, lighting design, lighting equipment, and visual story telling for performance through class discussion, and practical work. This is a 2 credit course and only meets a few times throughout the semester from 8-11pm on dates that are TBD. The class is built around specific performance dates that will provide the students with an opportunity to light a dance piece.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 243 DANCE ON CAMERA:CAM ON DANCE

Students will create and perform multi-media site-specific choreography and installations that will be captured and re-mixed. Geared for students of dance, film and photography, this course will explore creative collaboration, composition, lens based art and post-production. Students will be encouraged to curiously and playfully embody manipulations of movement material and play with technology to better understand different points of view and to explore the elements of site, space, shape, time and effort to see how they affect quality and content. Students will gain hands-on experience with digital photo and video equipment and editing software, and will serves roles both in front of and behind the camera. $50 Equipment Usage Fee.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 245 DANCE THERAPY FOUNDATIONS

Foundations and Principles of Dance/Movement Therapy examines the ways dance/movement therapy in the west has integrated Asian concepts, natural movement, formal elements of dance, creative processes, music, verbal expression, and constructs drawn from psychology and counseling to treat a wide range of populations. Students will compare and contrast the treatment of individuals seeking help for a range of concerns (e.g., psychosis, autism, anxiety, eating disorders, histories of abuse). Experientials, creative dance, and videotapes of actual sessions with a variety of populations highlight these concepts. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 248 ARTS AND ACTIVISM

Dance is powerful. Art is a tool that inspires social change. This course examines the relationship between social activism and artistic practice, exploring this integration in dance, art, music, and film. Through a combination of lecture and experiential learning, students will be invited to explore creative social engagement practices to understand the impact of arts in activism while also investigating the creative perspective in successful social movements. Emphasis will be placed on socially engaged art as a practice and philosophy, creative composition within effective social movements, and the power that art can have in promoting social change.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 250 INTERMEDIATE CONTEMPORARY DANCE: CONTEXT & PRACTICE

Dance appreciation and technical practice. Practice contemporary dance experientially through examining movement principles and exploring choreographic combinations. Investigate context, history, applications and societal impact of Modern and Contemporary dance. Hone skills of observation, movement analysis and interpretation of dance as an art from a personal perspective as well as within a larger cultural and historical framework.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 251 JAZZ DANCE:CONTEXT & PRACTICE

This course is open to beginning & intermediate level jazz dancers and will include an in-depth exploration of vernacular jazz movement and its relationship to jazz music. Through inter-active discussion, movement, and research we will investigate the context, history, applications, and societal impact of jazz dance in America and throughout the world. Technique classes will blend full-bodied momentum-driven dancing with subtlety, rhythmic challenges, and self-expression. Emphasis will be on a working knowledge of the elements of jazz, embodiment of rhythm, accent, dynamics, and disciplining the body to move with clarity and sound anatomical principles. A range of styles of jazz music will be used for performing class sequences and improvisations. Reading, writing, video viewing, class discussions, and attendance at live concerts will hone skills of observation, movement analysis and interpretation of jazz dance.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 252 INTERMEDIATE BALLET:CONTEXT AND PRACTICE

Dance appreciation and technical practice. Practice classical ballet technique and theory with a contemporary perspective and investigate context, history, applications and societal impact of Ballet. Phrasing, musicality and efficiency of movement will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: DAN 116 OR DAN 268 OR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 253 WEST AFRICAN DANCE:CONTEXT & PRACTICE

Experience dancing African styles from traditional cultures of Guinea, West Africa, as well as studying cultural history and context from which and in which they are practiced and performed. Technical emphasis will focus on musicality and complex choreographic arrangement. Students will practice dances and drum songs. Required outside work includes performance attendance, video viewing, text and article analysis, research and written work.

Last Offered: Summer 2016

DAN 254 TAP DANCE IN AMERICAN HISTORY: CONTEXT & PRACTICE

An examination of the origins and the evolution of the art of tap dancing in American History. “Tap dancing is a twentieth century term, but the practice it labels is much older, at least as old as the United States.” (What The Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert). “The branches of the jazz dance tree are many and varied…Another branch on the tree represents tap dance, which shares most of the rhythmic proclivities of jazz dance, but expresses them mainly through the feet.” (Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver). Through lecture, video & practice we will examine the art of tap dancing.

Last Offered: Summer 2017

DAN 265 CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE A

Focus is on contemporary dance, a form that is an evolving exploration of expression through movement. It will blend the challenges of full-bodied, momentum-driven dancing with a sense of ones own self-awareness and discovery. Through rigorous dancing, move beyond not only physical, but also artistic boundaries and dimensions.

Last Offered: Spring 2012

DAN 267 INTERM/ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Continuing technical development and comprehension and integration of theory into practice is the focus in this course. Students will practice contemporary dance experientially through examining dance concepts influenced by Laban/Bartenieff theories and by exploring complex choreographic combinations. Classes will explore continuity and connectivity, patterns of total body organization, efficiency of movement, momentum, musculo-skeletal anatomy, strength, alignment, gravity and weight, rhythm and somatic practices to develop and improve technical skills. We will also investigate subtlety and individual expression in performance. Pre-requisite: DAN 250: Interm.Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice

Prerequisites: DAN 250 or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 268 INTERMEDIATE/ADV CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Practice and performance of classical and contemporary ballet with a contemporary approach in order to serve the dancer of any style of movement. Within the ballet form, classes will explore efficiency of movement, breath, anatomical mechanics, strength, alignment and through-line, weight, rhythmic accuracy, clarity of space, shape and effort, and somatic practices to develop and improve technical skills.

Prerequisites: DAN 116 or permission from Instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2015

DAN 271 CAPOEIRA:MUSIC & MOVEMENT

Deeper study of Capoeira. This second level will find students continuing to build strength, coordination, rhythm, and balance. Students will also become further involved with the instrumentation of Capoeira. Readings and discussions will explore into historical events and look at Capoeira and it's Afro-Brazilian spirituality, liberation and cultural revolution throughout the ages. Each class involves daily physical and music training.

Prerequisites: DAN 171 or previous Capoeira experience (Instructor permission)
Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 273 CAPOEIRA:STRATEGIES&IMPROV

Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art form of self-discovery bringing together a harmony of forces; including dance, music and combat in the form of a game of strategy. Provides students with a closer look into Capoeira’s improvisation and strategic qualities. Designed for those with any previous experience in Capoeira. Through experiential practice & discussions explore Capoeira’s Brazilian culture and several systems of flow and strategic practices to provide a context for improvisation within the Capoeira game. Two credit classes require students to complete 2-3 hours weekly of study outside of the class time. This might take the form of reading, writing, viewing and/or experiencing.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

DAN 275 DANCE IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION

In this course, we will experiment with various improvisational tools and structures as well as methods of dance-making. Students will be encouraged to explore movement expression curiously and playfully and later will see how compositional craft affects the quality and content of a dance. Drawing from dance, visual art, theater, music, writings and other sources, we will explore diverse approaches to creativity, experimentation and choreography. Various in-class workshop and showings, followed by group discussions, will facilitate the process of generating movement material, investigating its possibilities, supporting each other in clarifying intentions and gaining confidence within a safe, while challenging environment. While masterpieces are not necessary at all times, commitment to and interest in what one is investigating is required.

Last Offered: Spring 2010

DAN 278 CHOREOGRAPHY

Experiments with various methods of making dances including improvisational structures. Elements of time, space, energy, shape effort are investigated, along with the concepts of abstraction, metaphor, and musicality. The class draws from diverse sources and disciplines to stimulate creativity, exploration, and craft.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 279 DANCE AS COLLABORATOR

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

DAN 280 GUINEA'S CULTURAL REVOLUTION

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

DAN 281 WEST AFRICAN DANCE FORMS II

The focus is on the increasingly complex dance repertoires of Ghana and Guinea, West Africa. A more specified investigation of regional context and cultural function of the dances are emphasized. Repertoire dances include Sinte, Kassa, Yamama, & Somuninku from Guinea and Adowa, Slow Agbekor, & Gahu from Ghana.

Prerequisites: DAN 181 or demonstrated ability in African dance.
Last Offered: Fall 2013

DAN 283 WEST AFRICAN DANCE & DUNDUN

Taught by a long-time member of Les Ballets Africains, the national ballet of Guinea, instructor Fana Bangoura will introduce students in this course to dynamic dance traditions of West Africa and will join with them the power of percussion. Students will also become familiar with the origins and cultural significance of each dance, and the songs that accompany them. By breaking down the drum parts alongside the traditional dance movements, students experience dancing and drumming in perfect unison. This opportunity is geared for both drummers and dancers and is highly recommended for all skill levels.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 284 AFRICAN DANCE:WOMEN & CULTURE

Dances that pertain to the life-cycle of women, celebrate rites of passage such as coming of age, circumcision, marriage, and childbirth. Cultural factors that contribute to the articulation of gender roles in post-colonial West Africa and the relationship of those roles to the performance ensemble.

Last Offered: Spring 2011

DAN 285 EXPERIENCE GUINEA

Kerfala Fana Bangoura will lead this exploration in Dance, Drumming and Historical Context in Guinea,West Africa. The instructor is a native of Guinea and has been a part of prestigious National companies Les Ballets Africains and Percussion de Guinee. The instruction will include rhythmic foundations for drummers and dancers and will build knowledge of the djembe, dundun, sangban, kenkeni, krins and bell and how they are used culturally for music and dance. Students will learn style, form, technique, and historical context of the dance right in the midst of the vibrant culture and landscape of Guinea.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 288 MOVEMENT ANALYSIS & INTEGRATION

This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) as systems for analyzing the complexity of human movement based on the theories of Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff. Course includes an exploration of relevant historical and contextual information, the theoretical frameworks of Body, Shape, Space, and Effort, and patterns of total body connectivity. Course content will be examined through movement experiences, performance, observation, improvisation, film/video viewing, readings, group discussions, and written assignments. Descriptive analysis, contextual interpretation and creative collaborations are integral to the course. Additionally, the multidisciplinary applications of LMA and BF will be addressed.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 290 MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE:ORIENTALE

Improve strength, flexibility and self-awareness of the body. Includes meditative movement, dance technique, improvisation and rhythm identification through music and drumming.  Dance forms such as Egyptian, Turkish, and American Tribal will be taught.  Traditional costuming will be addressed. History, art, and culture from these countries will be explored and experienced.  Discourse and research topics will explore issues of gender, body image, historical perspectives and Orientalism. 

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 295 ART OF TEACHING DANCE

Practices and principles of teaching dance. Explore methods of teaching creative dance for children and cross-curricular lesson planning. Addresses how and why to teach dance in K-12. Pedagogical areas of study includes lesson and curriculum planning, concept development, assessment, delivery and development of teaching philosophy. Geared for both the student interested in arts in education and in the teaching of dance in a dance studio.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

DAN 296 ART OF TEACHING DANCE K-12

DAN 296 focuses on designing movement-based lessons for K-12 curriculum. Pedagogical areas of study includes: lesson and curriculum planning, teaching methods, assessment, alignment with state and national teaching standards, and formulating a teaching philosophy. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with K-12 students developing, teaching, and evaluating lessons of their own design. Includes pedagogical theories such as Muska Mosston's Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Bloom's Taxonomy, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind, and Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. This course is geared for both the student interested in arts in education and in teaching creative dance.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 311 DANCE, ART, AND FILM

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 350 LIVING DANCE & CREATIVE EXP

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Last Offered: Summer 2014

DAN 360W SENIOR SEMINAR

Students in this capstone course will write, choreograph, perform, implement and/or carry out research, performances and/or projects. All students, regardless of their trajectory (choreography, performance or interdisciplinary research) will write a senior thesis, develop and realize their projects under advisement, consider and discuss various career opportunities and develop curriculum vitae. Practice in grant-writing, budgeting, marketing and general arts management skills will be addressed when appropriate. Creative process and creative and critical thinking are a focus of this course and are carried through to a culminating event, paper, or project. Internships, other coursework as part of the major, co-curricular dance activity, service learning and/or other related activity is meant to support this capstone research both in advance of and in simultaneity with this Seminar.

Prerequisites: Dance Majors and Dance Minors only.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 378 CHOREOGRAPHIC VOICE:DANCE & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Students will study various choreographic works that address issues of social justice as thematic material, political activism, and historical reflection. Dialogue and readings on social justice and the social role and responsibility of the artist will frame a creative process where students will also develop their own socially conscious choreography that will be presented and discussed.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

DAN 380 REPERTORY & PERFORMANCE

Classes are conducted in the form of professional dance rehearsals. Students will perform repertory material for the university community, Rochester Fringe Festival, the American College Dance Association conference, and more during the 2015-16 academic year. Additionally, students will engage in other vital behind-the-scene production elements. A lab is attached to the classes to enable sufficient rehearsal time and preparation. This year’s repertory will feature work by the Program of Dance and Movement’s faculty member, Anne Harris Wilcox. Wilcox will set her phantasmagorical Halloween dance/theater piece, When the Souls Rise, as well as an additional work by Wilcox. Audition: Friday, March 27th 2:00pm-3:15pm Spurrier Dance Studio Intermediate – Advanced dancers are encouraged to audition. *Enrollment in the 1 credit DAN 397 Dance Ensemble course in the spring, though not required, is highly recommended and will complete this 4-credit bundle for Creative Expression.

Prerequisites: Audition: Spurrier Dance Studio
Last Offered: Fall 2015

DAN 385 DANCE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

Within a choreographic process, students take part in the creation of new work choreographed by Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp. The work in creation will be an interdisciplinary dance piece with a focus on storytelling. Students will be asked contribute movement and other creative elements in order to draw on the unique artistry of each individual. Experience a rehearsal process from beginning to end, addressing a variety of performance techniques and the unique and personal artistry that is yours alone. Students will also carry out various production aspects of performance as well as performance itself in various public settings, most likely including the American College Dance Association Conference in winter 2018. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor or by Audition on the first day of classes.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor or by Audition on the first day of classes.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 386 DANCE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP II

Within a choreographic process, students take part in the creation of new work choreographed by Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp. The work in creation will be an interdisciplinary dance piece with a focus on storytelling. Students will be asked contribute movement and other creative elements in order to draw on the unique artistry of each individual. Experience a rehearsal process from beginning to end, addressing a variety of performance techniques and the unique and personal artistry that is yours alone. Students will also carry out various production aspects of performance as well as performance itself in various public settings, most likely including the American College Dance Association Conference in winter 2018. Pre-requisite: DAN 385

Prerequisites: DAN 385
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 387 DANCE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP III

Within a choreographic process, students take part in the creation of new work choreographed by Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp. The work in creation will be an interdisciplinary dance piece with a focus on storytelling. Students will be asked contribute movement and other creative elements in order to draw on the unique artistry of each individual. Experience a rehearsal process from beginning to end, addressing a variety of performance techniques and the unique and personal artistry that is yours alone. Students will also carry out various production aspects of performance as well as performance itself in various public settings, most likely including the American College Dance Association Conference in winter 2018. Pre-requisite: DAN 385 & DAN 386

Prerequisites: DAN 385 & DAN 386
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

DAN 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

DAN 397 DANCE ENSEMBLE

This course will provide the possibility for continuation of DAN385/386/387 with the experience of a creative process involving choreographic and improvisational play in professional-style dance rehearsals that are then carried through live performance. Working with the instructor and various collaborators, students will diversify their experiences as dancer collaborators and deepen their creative journey as artists.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DAN 398 DANCE ENSEMBLE II

As a follow-up to DAN 385/6 Dance Performance Workshop, this course will mainly be conducted in the form of a professional dance rehearsal, creating new work, learning and rehearsing repertory and performing in various public venues both on campus and off campus. Working with the instructor as Choreographer/Collaborative Director, students will diversify their own experiences as dancers and deepen their creative journeys as artists. Dance Ensemble II will require a commitment to all performance dates during the semester, including participation in the American College Dance Association’s Northeast conference, and a greater time commitment in general.  

Prerequisites: A
Last Offered: Spring 2017