College of Creative Arts
(See Dance in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)
Dance Studies (1 each)
A total of four units may be earned in each class represented by course numbers DANC 100 through 199. (Dance Studies refers to a specific dance form such as African-Haitian Dance, Ballet, Ballroom Dance, Folk Dance, Modern Dance, Modern Jazz Dance.)
160 African Haitian Dance I [GE]
161 African Haitian Dance II
163 Ballet I [GE]
164 Ballet II
166 Ballroom Dance I
167 Ballroom Dance II
Prerequisite: DANC 166 or consent of instructor.
168 Folk Dance I
173 Modern Dance I [GE]
174 Modern Dance II
176 Modern Jazz Dance I [GE]
177 Modern Jazz Dance II
203 Introduction to Dance Ethnology and Field Study (2)
Prerequisites: DANC 169, 207, ANTH 120, or consent of instructor. Basic concepts, theories, and methods of the ethnology of dance combined with field study.
206 Ballet III (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 164 or consent of instructor. Instruction in ballet technique. May be repeated once for credit.
207 Dance in Cultural Context (2) [GE]
Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. In-depth study of one ethnic dance form. Study of dance movement characteristics and forms as well as the social environment and the relationship to other art forms of the culture. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Classwork, one unit; laboratory, one unit.
208 Modern Dance III (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 174 or consent of instructor. Intermediate instruction in the technique of modern dance. May be repeated once for credit.
209 Modern Jazz Dance III (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 177 or consent of instructor. Instruction in the technique of modern jazz dance. May be repeated once for credit.
231 Fundamentals of Dance Movement Theories (2)
An introduction to basic dance elements: movement qualities, locomotor and non-locomotor movement, vocabulary, rhythmic structures, force and body placement in conjunction with kinesthetic awareness.
232 Dance Composition: Choreography I (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: DANC 231 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the study of choreography and creative process in dance. Emphasis on dance improvisation, exploration, form, and content in the formation of solo works. Classwork, one unit; activity, two units.
233 Orientation to Dance History and Philosophy (3) [GE]
An introduction to the world of dance. Survey of present day dance expression experienced by contemporary people in their recreational and vocational expression and ritual forms. Professional opportunities and responsibilities of the dance teacher. The field of dance and its role in education.
236 Folklore of Dance—African-Haitian (2) [GE]
A study of the basis of the development of African-Haitian dance in connection with ritual and celebration. Practice of African-Haitian dance forms. Class-work, one unit; laboratory, one unit.
300 Current Issues in Dance (1)
Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Presentations and discussions of legal, medical, funding, and artistic topics in dance. Master classes and discussions with artists. Research and technological development in the profession. May be repeated once for a total of two units.
304 Issues in Dance Medicine I (3)
Prerequisite: BIOL 100. The musculoskeletal system, and elements of physiology and nutrition as they apply to dance training.
306 Issues in Dance Medicine II (3)
Prerequisite: DANC 304 or equivalent. Anatomical and kinesiological analysis of dance technique and common dance injuries. Personal technique analysis included in lab. Classwork, two units; laboratory, one unit.
308 Modern Dance IV (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 208 and 400 or consent of instructor. Instruction in theory and practice of modern dance technique. May be repeated once for credit.
309 Modern Jazz Dance IV (2)
Prerequisite: DANC 209 and 402 or consent of instructor. Instruction in theory and practice of modern jazz dance technique. May be repeated once for credit.
310 Dance Fitness (2)
Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Dance as a vehicle to fitness. Classwork, one unit; activity, one unit.
340 Creative Dance in Basic Subject Development (3)
Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. The study of creative dance for children and adolescents and the relationship between the physical and mental processes of learning.
350 Dance Watching (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Dance for the viewer. Cross-cultural and aesthetic exploration of dance's various theatre and folk forms and its place in the arts and culture.
399 Dance Rehearsal and Performance (1)
Prerequisites: Fall semester audition and intermediate technique required. A year long course in rehearsal and performance technique through work in faculty or guest artist choreography. May be repeated for credit. Class members form the EMBAJE Dance Company.
402 Technique Workshop in Modern Jazz Dance (1)
Prerequisite: DANC 209 or consent of instructor. Developmental program in techniques of jazz dance. Analysis of individual problems, directed movement experiences in depth. May be repeated once for credit.
415 Dance in Religion (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the dance ritual and its role in the religions of the world. May be substituted for DANC 657.
416 Advanced Contemporary Dance Repertory and Skills (1)
Prerequisite: DANC 206, 208, or 209 or consent of instructor. In-depth study of repertory works and performance techniques for selected advanced dancers; emphasis on projection, concentration, style. May be repeated once for credit.
430 Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: any Dance course or consent of instructor. Development of dance as a performing art in the western world, and its relationship to social/cultural changes. Emphasis on development from European Renaissance to the present in the United States.
431 Movement Notation Systems (3)
Prerequisite: any Level I Dance class or consent of instructor. Introduction to the use of methods of notating human movement. This includes Labanotation, Benesh, Feuillet, and other selected systems, plus the use of video equipment and computer.
433 Rhythm and Music for the Dancer (3)
Study of rhythm, melody, harmony, tempo, dynamics, tone, color and its application to dance. Basic exploration of rhythmic devices in dance accompaniment and music sources.
434 Dance Composition: Choreography II (3)
Prerequisites: DANC 232, 433, or audition; and consent of instructor. Experience in literal and non-literal choreography including chance, narrative, and historical forms. Work on duets, trios, and larger group studies culminating in a workshop presentation. Classwork, one unit; activity, two units.
443 Production Workshop in Folk and Ethnic Dance Production (3)
Prerequisite: DANC 404 or consent of instructor. Performance techniques and production problems in folk/ethnic dance. Publicity, costuming, and related support arts are covered. Culminates with a production. May be repeated once for credit. Classwork, one unit; laboratory, two units.
461 Principles of Dance Production and Management (3)
Prerequisite: intermediate technique level, DANC 434, THA 313, and 315; or consent of instructor. Preparation of choreography and performance for semester concert. Planning, budget and resource development, and strategies for organizing a dance company. May be repeated once for credit.
463 Performance in Dance Production (1)
Prerequisites: intermediate technique level and audition. Rehearsal and performance in annual contemporary dance concert. May be repeated for credit as often as determined by audition.
560 Theory and Practice of Dance (3)
Prerequisites: upper division standing and consent of instructor. The role of dance in education and society. Sources of information, interpretation of materials and means of organization, and ways of presenting this material to others. Classwork, two units; laboratory, one unit.
617 Black Dance Experience (3) [GE]
For course description, see BL S 617.
640 Movement, Intermedia, and Virtual Response (3)
Prerequisite: intermediate level dance technique and DANC 232, or twelve units in Creative Arts courses. Methods for creating new cohesive forms of expression combining choreography, dance, and movement with such intermedia forms as video, film, projection, text, computer graphics. Combines practice and theory. (Also offered as IAC 640.)
657 Dance Ethnology (3)
Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Study of the function of dance in pre-literate, pre-technological societies in the context of anthropological literature.
699 Special Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: consent of supervisory faculty member. An intensive study of a particular problem in dance under the direction of a faculty member in the department.