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DAA-1100        Modern Dance for Non-Majors         1 Credit
Modern Dance Basics is a studio course designed to introduce students with no training to the basic concepts of modern dance. The emphasis in this class will be placed upon attaining correct body alignment, learning the positions of the arms and feet, and the use of time, space, weight and energy. Students will learn basic dance vocabulary while developing flexibility, strength and musicality. This is a studio course and may be repeated 2 times for credit. 

DAA-1102        Modern Dance for Pre-Majors              1 Credit
Modern Dance Basics is a studio course designed to introduce students who plan to further pursue dance with a foundation knowledge of modern dance. The emphasis in this class will be placed upon attaining correct body alignment,  the use of time, space, weight and energy and the ability to accurately learn dance combinations and phrase work. Students will learn dance vocabulary while developing flexibility, strength and musicality. This is a studio course and may be repeated 2 times for credit. 

DAA-1201        Ballet Basics for Non-Majors    1 Credit
Ballet Basics is a studio course designed to introduce students with no training to the basic concepts of ballet technique. The emphasis in this class will be placed upon attaining correct body alignment, learning the positions of the arms and feet,and the understanding of the sequence of the ballet class. Students will learn basic dance vocabulary while developingstrength and musicality. This is a studio course and may be repeated 2 times for credit. 

DAA-1201        Ballet Basics for Pre-Majors      1 Credit
Ballet Basics is a studio course designed to introduce students who plan to further pursue dance with a foundationknowledge of ballet. The emphasis in this class will be placed upon attaining correct body alignment, positions of the armsand legs, and ability to properly execute ballet steps. Students will learn ballet vocabulary while developing flexibility,strength and musicality. This is a studio course and may be repeated 2 times for credit.

DAA-1101        Modern Dance I            2 Credits
Elementary level modern dance training is for those with entry level skills in modern dance. The course will offer students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of modern dance technique through several movement experiences and explorations. Students explore and develop awareness of body alignment, dance vocabulary, self-awareness, coordination, strength and musicality. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances provide an enhanced view of the scope of the dance field. This is a studio course and may be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Dance Basics, audition or instructor permission

DAA-1104        Modern Dance II           2 Credits
This studio course will serve as a continuation of Modern Dance I and will further explore basic principles of modern dance technique. It will broaden students’ awareness of dance concepts such as momentum, weight shift, rebound and release. It will further develop dance vocabulary, body alignment, and develop an introductory framework for dance aesthetics. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances will provide deeper insight into the dance field. This is a studio course and may be repeated.  Prerequisite(s): Audition or instructor permission

DAA-1200        Ballet I                         2 Credits
Elementary level ballet training for those with entry-level skills in ballet. Emphasis is on correct placement and alignment of the body, knowledge of basic ballet terminology, and the development of spatial awareness as it applies to the execution of ballet exercises, positions and steps. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances provide an enhanced view of the scope of the dance field. This is a studio course and may be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Dance Basics, audition or instructor permission

DAA-1204        Ballet II                                    2 Credits
Ballet II is a continuation of Ballet I. Student experiences an intensification of barre work through the use of more complex coordination of the arms and legs. Intensified center work includes more complex floor patterns to develop the use of space in movement sequences. Introduction to steps requiring an advanced beginning expertise in ballet. Leotards, tights and ballet shoes are required. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances will provide deeper insight into the dance field. This is a studio course and may be repeated.    Prerequisite(s): audition or instructor permission

DAA-1610L      Dance Composition I    2 Credits
This creative studio course examines basic tools of the choreographic craft. Students gain experience in structural movement from simple phrases to complex organizational units through motif development, exploration of shape, space, time, transitions and basic compositional forms. The student will explore solo, partner and group structures and various devices to create their own artistic expressions. Reading, writing and critical analysis of dance are included.

DAA-1680L      Dance Ensemble           1 Credit
This creative studio course provides an opportunity for dance performers to work in a repertory company and to explore the various devices and skills of ensemble performance. Culminates in a staged performance.  This is a studio course and may be repeated.  Prerequisite: Audition required

DAA-1900        Dance Practicum          1 Credit
This activity/analysis course provides for the expansion of the student’s range of expression and performance/ production or pre-professional skills through a directed study experience. Working with a dance faculty advisor, the student will choose, refine, develop, document and present a project whose intent will be the increase of the student’s mastery of selected skills from the coursework attempted to date.

DAA-1931-9     Special Topics in Dance            1 Credit
This course is designed to allow flexibility for presenting a variety of selected topics related to dance. Topics will require both an applied and theoretical approach. Examples of topics include: labanotation, technology, dance pedagogy, etc.

DAA-2105        Modern Dance III          2 Credits
This studio course is intended to further the understanding of the principles of modern dance technique through more complex exercises and exploration of movement dynamics while developing speed in movement analysis and synthesis. Intricate rhythmical structures and increased spatial awareness will challenge students. Continuing critical analysis will be expected, along with a sharpening of both the student’s overall dance knowledge and aesthetic understanding of the dance form. This is a studio course and may be repeated.  Prerequisite(s): Audition or instructor permission

DAA-2106        Modern Dance IV         2 Credits
This studio course is a continuation of Modern Dance III. Emphasis is on expanding the technical training of the student by increasing complexity of movement capabilities. More emphasis will be placed spatial awareness, rhythmical structures, exploration and on partnering. Continuing critical analysis will be expected, along with a sharpening of both the student’s overall knowledge and aesthetic understanding of the dance form. The course will focus more attention the students individual dance preparation. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances will provide deeper insight into the dance field. This is a studio course and may be repeated.   Prerequisite(s): Audition or instructor permission

DAA-2205        Ballet III                       2 Credits
The continuation of ballet training at the beginning of the intermediate level. Emphasis is on strength and technical development through the skilled execution of intermediate level steps and center floor combinations. Uses the technical demands of ballet to further develop stamina and to increase expertise n spatial awareness. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances increase the student observation and analytical skills. This is a studio course and may be repeated.  Prerequisite(s): Audition or instructor permission.

DAA-2206        Ballet IV                       2 Credits
Ballet IV is a continuation of Ballet III. Student experiences an intensification of barre work through use of more complex coordination of the arms and legs. Intensified center work includes more complex floor patterns and longer movement combinations to develop use of space in movement sequences. Introduction of steps requiring an intermediate level expertise in ballet.  Introduction of pointe work if student proficiency is met. Attendance at and written critiques of dance performances will provide deeper insight into the dance field. This is a studio course and may be repeated.  Prerequisite(s): Audition or instructor permission.

DAA-2500L      Jazz Dance                   1 Credit
Jazz dance is a studio course designed to introduce the student to the historical development of modern jazz dance, its technique, and methods of expression through exercise, locomotion, and non-locomotion. Emphasis is placed on technique, terminology, movement combination and historical information.  This is a studio course and may be repeated.

DAA-2611        Dance Improvisation    2 Credits
Dance Improvisation is a studio course that challenges students to explore movement through spontaneous problem solving.  The course will evoke the students’ creative individuality and sense of ensemble. Students are guided through aseries of excises that uses sensorial and kinesthetic engagement.  Essential tools of improvisation will be acquired. Thiscourse is repeatable twice for credit.

DAN-1600C      Music for Dance           2 Credits
This lecture/activity course will study music and its relationship to the dancer. In addition to basic rhythmic structures, the student will learn to use them as a tool in teaching dance and in choreography. The student will further gain insight into the process of selecting appropriate music for various choreographic projects.

DAN 1750        Dance Conditioning     2 Credits
Conditioning for strength, tone, flexibility and posture in dance in order to enhance optimal performance. The class
serves as a laboratory for movement theory, body alignment and somatic techniques. May be repeated with a change of modality (ie. pilates, Body Mind Centering, Yoga) up to six credits.

DAN-2100      Introduction to Dance   3 Credits
A lecture/activity course devoted to the study of dance in its many cultural and societal contexts. The course is designed to heighten student awareness of an appreciation of the aesthetic, socio-cultural, and vocational roles played by dancers from the art form’s historical roots to contemporary trends. Reading, writing, critical analysis and some physical activity are included.