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DAN 101: Movement & Somatic Learning

Introduction to the human body and its potential for creative experiences focused on the existential whole. Theory and practice are woven together throughout the course. Content includes sensory attunement, augmented rest, somaesthetics, instrinsic motivation, creativity, visualization of motor imagery, and reprogramming of neuromuscular patterns. 
3 credits, SBC : ARTS

DAN 102 - D: Intro to World Dance Cultures

An introduction to the properties and elements of dance in order to understand and appreciate it in a variety of contexts. Dance is considered as art, recreation, social interaction, and entertainment through investigation of societal attitudes, cultural norms, and creative styles of individuals.

3 credits. SBC : ARTS,GLO 

DAN 164 - D: Tap Technique and History

The fundamentals, technique, and history of tap dance. Basic technique, time step, andcombinations are covered. The historicalcomponent traces the development of tapfrom its roots in the music of jazz to present day expressions. Various traditional styles, individual artists, and current trends are discussed. 
3 credits. SBC : ARTS

DAN 165 - D: Contemporary Dance I

The fundamentals, technique, and history of modern dance. Basic principles of alignment, centering, placement, and modern technique are introduced. The historical component includes various styles within the field of modern dance, individual artists who have contributed to the field, and the place of modern dance in society and culture at large. 
3 credits, SBC : ARTS

DAN 166 - D: Ballet Technique I

The fundamentals, technique, and history of ballet. The course covers the development of body alignment through stretching and strengthening exercises; simple barre exercises, center floor combinations, and movement phrases to music. The historical component includes the development of ballet from the 15th century to the present day. Various styles, companies, techniques, and individual artists are discussed. 
3 credits, SBC : ARTS

DAN 167 - D: Jazz Dance Technique I

The fundamentals, technique, and history of jazz dance. Basic principles of alignment, centering, placement, and jazz technique are covered. The historical component includes various styles within the field of jazz dance, individual artists who have contributed to thefield, and the place of jazz dance in society and culture at large. 
3 credits, SBC : ARTS

DAN 168 - D: World Dance I

An introduction to dance traditions around the globe. Cultural values, religious beliefs,and social systems are investigated for their influence on the dance. 
3 credits, SBC : ARTS, GLO

DAN 203: Laban Movement Analysis

Investigates the fundamentals of movement through theories, principles and techniques represented in the written and embodied work of Laban, Bartenieff, Dell, and Hackney. Approaches from Body Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Human Development, and Somatic Therapy/Education will also be incorporated. Students will study the interrelated processes of awareness, biological function and interaction with the environment through interplay of theory and practice. The goal is to perceive, describe and make meaning of human movement in order to decode and develop physical language.
Prerequisite: DAN 101, DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167 or DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+

‚ÄčDAN 264 - D: Movement Awareness and Analysis

A course covering the fundamentals of movement, linking theory and techniques from the disciplines of dance and theatre. Using anatomical principles to understand effective use of the skeletal and muscular systems, students are guided, through an interplay of theory and practical work, toward efficient posture and movement habits and test the presence, action, and performance necessary for effective communication and the development of a physical language. 
3 credits, SBC: ARTS

DAN 353: Special Topics in Dance Performance (Topics offered: Yoga and Somatics, Teaching Creative Dance for Children, Dance and Media, Performance Techniques,  and Creative Collaborations)

A concentration in one aspect of dance. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes. 
Prerequisites: One of the following: DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167, DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+

DAN 365: Contemporary Dance II

Further development of modern dance training, devoted to improvement of style, technique, and physical and mental focus.
Prerequisites: One of the following: DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167, DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+, 

DAN 366: Ballet Technique II

Further development of ballet training, devoted to improving style, technique, physical and mental focus.
Prerequisites: One of the following: DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167, DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+

DAN 367: Jazz Dance Technique II

Further development of jazz dance training, devoted to improvement of style, technique, and physical and mental focus. 
Prerequisite:One of the following: DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167, DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+

DAN 368: Dance Improvisation
The practice of dance and movement investigation through discipline, spontaneity, and awareness. Skills in improvisation will be developed through creative projects and experiments in dance. 
Prerequisite: One of the following: DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167, DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+

DAN 369 - J: World Dance II (Topics offered: Afro-Brazilian Dance, Butoh, Spanish and Flamenco Dance, Latin Styles of Dance,  and Salsa)
The fundamentals, technique, and history of a specific non-Western dance style. Lectures cover the origins of the dance form, the people who perform the dance, and the place of the dance in society and culture. Studio training includes the physicality of the dance. Semester Supplements to this Bulletin contain description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes. 
Prerequisites: One of the following: DAN 165, DAN 166, DAN 167, DAN 168
3 credits, SBC : HFA+, GLO

DAN 400: Performance Dance Ensemble
Concentrated development of dance technique and performance skills through rehearsal and presentation of choreography. May be repeated once. 
Prerequisites: Audition; permission of instructor
3 credits, SBC : HFA+, EXP+

DAN 465: Contemporary Dance Theatre and Repertory

Dance Theatre Repertory is a course investigating hybrid genres resulting from weaving text, body, movement, dance, music, and design through the notion of character, narrative, abstraction and story in performance. Through dance theatre repertory training the goal is to make the performer more complete, fully expressive and open to creative possibilities and choices in live performance. The examination of dance theatre performance springs from an interconnected view of performance. Students will focus on performance skills and techniques through the creation and performance of repertory.
Prerequisite: One of the following: DAN 365, DAN 366, DAN 367, DAN 368, DAN 369, or audition. 
3 credits, SBC : HFA+

DAN 467: Jazz Dance Technique III
Advanced study of jazz techniques, combining dance training, compositional skills, and performance techniques. 
Prerequisite: One of the following: DAN 365, DAN 366, DAN 367, DAN 368, DAN 369, or audition.
3 credits

DAN 468: Choreography
Training in the craft of choreography, the creation of dance, using applied dance techniques, improvisational tools, perceptual skills, and investigations. Students create studies and original dance compositions and critique the various developmental stages in order to modify and expand their creations. The theory presented contains basic aesthetic concepts that contribute to the structure and form of dance. 
Prerequisite: DAN 465 or 467
3 credits

DAN 475: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum I
Work with a faculty member as an assistant in one of the faculty member's regularly scheduled classes. The student is required to attend all the classes, do all the regularly assigned work, and meet with the faculty member at regularly scheduled times to discuss the intellectual and pedagogical matters relating to the course. Not for major credit. Not for credit in addition to THR 475.
Prerequisites: Dance minor; U3 or U4 standing; permission of instructor and department
3 credits, S/U grading

DAN 476: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum II
Work with a faculty member as an assistant in one of the faculty member's regularly scheduled classes. Students assume greater responsibility in such areas as leading discussions and analyzing results of tests that have already been graded. The course in which the student is permitted to work as a teaching assistant must be different from the course in which he or she previously served. 
Prerequisites: DAN 475; permission of instructor and department
3 credits, S/U grading

DAN 487: Independent Research
Designing and developing a research project selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of department 0-6 credits

DAN 488: Internship

Participation in a professional organization that creates and presents public performances, creates and presents, to the public, works in the media arts, or concerns itself with the management or funding of arts organizations. Students are required to submit written progress reports to their department sponsors and a final written report to the department faculty. Supplementary reading may be assigned. May be repeated up to a limit of 12 credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of department
0-6 credits, S/U grading
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