Dance Courses

DAN 100 Production Practicum

0 hours

An intensive experiential research ensemble devoted to crafting, creating, developing, performing, and producing a faculty-directed theatre and/or dance event. Students in this course will be involved in research and theoretical discussion supporting active involvement in a collaborative process of performance, design and production management, such as director/designer assistant; set construction; lighting, sound, costume, properties, make-up/hair, and stage management. Theatre majors must complete six production practicums, while minors must complete three. Course may be repeated an unlimited number of times. Enrollment by audition or consent of instructor. (Same as THE 100)

DAN 101 Dance Technique and Analysis

4 hours

This course introduces movement fundamentals (MF) through theatrical, social, ritualized dance and movement practices. Students will investigate how MF prepares them for analyzing ritualized dance and movement practices and for teaching and performing various dance and movement forms (ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, swing, ballroom, martial arts, etc). This course examines the performing body as primary text through performance (both live and recorded) and theoretical texts from various theatrical, social, ritualized dance and movement practices. No prerequisite. (HEPT)

DAN 105 Movement Fundamentals I: Practices of Alignment and Function

4 hours

An introductory movement course exploring vital integrative connections between somatic practice and performance preparation. Somatic skills including dynamic alignment and functional anatomy provide the groundwork for embodied movement exploration. The study and practice of dynamic alignment and embodied anatomy unfolds new relationships between physical function and expression. (HE)

DAN 130 Contact Improvisation

4 hours

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of contact improvisation, a dance form that explores elements of physical contact among participants while challenging preconceptions about the gendered body. Emphasis will be placed on finding mindful and physical ways to prepare to be "ready" to dance: cultivating a quiet core amidst the wilderness of physical disorientation; finding the root of levity, contact point, weight sharing, pathways into the floor and air; and focusing attention on the details of sensation. Students will engage in egalitarian practices for building skills of trust, receptivity, and responsiveness, as well as tolerance for waiting in the unknown. (Same as WGST 131) (HB, HE)

DAN 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

DAN 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

DAN 205 Movement Fundamentals II: Practices of Range and Efficiency

4 hours

An intermediate movement course building technical practice from basic somatic skills. This technique course supports awareness of individual movement patterns and sequences allowing for the development of new movement possibilities. This increased range and efficiency opens the door to new levels of creative expression in communication and performance. This course may be repeated twice. Prerequisite: DAN 105 or consent of instructor. (HE)

DAN 230 Contact Improvisation II

4 hours

Building on introductory practices of contact improvisation, students will develop their physical skills in both capacity and subtlety within the form. Students will improve listening and internal awareness for very fast dancing, patterning in and out of the floor, more innovation in lifting, and maintaining the point of contact coming out of lifts. Further study includes the craft and facilitation of scores for the practice and performance of contact improvisation. Prerequisite: DAN 130 or consent of instructor. (HE)

DAN 264 Performance Research: The Happenings Course

4 hours

This experiential studio and field course will provide the student with theories, practices and performance opportunities based in creating site-specific "happenings," both on and off campus, inspired by the (American) avant-garde theatre. Students will configure and implement performance scores based in concepts of attracting attention and creating a gathering within the mundane domain. The intensity of the research is based in uncompromising realism and raw and unmediated ways in which artists confront experiences in collusion with audiences from real time in order to investigate new levels of understanding perceptual or psychological states of being human. This performance research attempts to open a disquieting discourse on contemporary daily life. Recommended for the student interested in performance and art, the historical (American) avant-garde and creating community. No prerequisite. (HE)

DAN 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. DAN 285 can be taken only during January Term, DAN 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

DAN 300 Production Studio

1 hour

An experiential collaborative component for the dance major. Set within a faculty-directed project or production, the student participates in research, dialogue, and the underpinnings of producing work. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent of instructor. (Same as THE 300)

DAN 305 Movement Fundamentals III: Practices of Vocabulary and Intention

4 hours

This is an advanced movement course, focusing on crystallizing performance skills through the development of individual movement versatility and invention. Practice of technique builds from somatic skills and contemporary dance vocabulary through both technical phrasing and improvisational scoring. Depth of integrative practice prepares the mover to refine and clarify movement vocabulary and intention. May be repeated twice. Prerequisite: DAN 205. (W, HE)

DAN 306 Intermedia Arts

4 hours

This studio art course introduces students to the use of video and time-based media as art-making tools. Students will engage the essential skills of digital video art, including production pipeline, shooting, and nonlinear editing. Students will additionally explore the ways film, digital video, performance art, installation, and other time-based media may interact. (Same as ART 306 and THE 306)

DAN 351 Dance History

4 hours

This course studies a breadth of representative dance artists, artworks, and practices from the ancient period to the present in order to understand intercultural and cross-genre development of performance dance. African, American, Asian, and European dance forms are included, with a focus on figures and conventions in ballet and Western modern and contemporary dance. Dance and choreography are analyzed in relation to their historical, artistic, social, and political contexts. Depth is accomplished through individual scholarly research projects on a subject of the student's choosing, and experiential projects focused on a particular dance artist or artistic concept. (HEPT, Hist, R, W)

DAN 360 Dance Composition

4 hours

This course introduces the basic tools of dance-making, while exploring the development and crafting of movement within time, space, and design elements. Consideration of compositional methods in other art forms—theatre, music, visual art, and literature—will inform the development of skills for creating dance/movement events. Students will prepare solo and group studies for informal performances and observe, discuss, and critique their work as they learn how to see dance as well as make it. Prerequisites: DAN 101 or 105, THE 127 or ART 104, or consent of instructor. (HE)

DAN 380 Internship

2-8 hours

Supervised on- or off-campus work experience related to professional demands and expectations of persons and organizations involved in theatre and/or dance. Prerequisite: 12 hours in dance.

DAN 389 Directed Research

1, 2, or 4 hours

DAN 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

DAN 490 Senior Seminar

2 hours

This is an intensive, collaborative study of selected theories, performance artist(s), writer(s), a selected period, or movement. The seminar will often intersect the disciplines of theatre and dance. The course format rests upon student-led discussion and development of an artist's manifesto, both of which will be used to focus and develop the senior project proposal. Prerequisite: senior standing. (S, R)

DAN 491 Senior Project

2 hours

Students will complete an individualized or collaborative senior project. The project will include a written artist's statement, process documentation, post-project reflection/critique, and will be presented publicly. Students will orally defend their project before the department following the public presentation. Double majors may petition the department to accept another department's senior project in lieu of the dance senior project requirement. If double majoring, and choice is to do senior project in a major other than dance, the dance program requests the deliberate integration of dance practice or production with the project, as well as selection of a dance faculty member for an advisory role. Prerequisite: DAN 490 and senior standing. (S, R)

DAN 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement. (S, R)