Program: Dance

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Administered by the Department of Kinesiology.

Coursework in dance provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding and appreciation of dance as part of a liberal education. Those interested in teaching dance and Physical Education in the public schools may major in Kinesiology and Health (Teacher Licensure option) and minor in Dance.

An interdisciplinary Performing Arts major with a Dance emphasis is available through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For further information see Index, Theatre and Performing Arts.

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(0-3) Cr. 1. F.S.


Introduction and practice of basic dance concepts, including preparatory techniques and guided creativity problems. No previous modern dance experience required. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-3) Cr. 1. F.S.


Introduction to the basic skills, vocabulary, and tradition of ballet with concentration on control and proper alignment. No previous ballet experience required. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-3) Cr. 1. F.S.


Introduction to the modern jazz style with concentration on isolation and syncopation. No previous jazz experience required. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-3) Cr. 1. F.


Instruction and practice in basic tap technique and terminology. No previous tap experience required. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-2) Cr. 1. F.S.


Instruction and practice in foxtrot, waltz, swing, cha cha, rhumba, tango, and selected contemporary dances. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. 0.5-2. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
Advance registration required. Continued instruction and practice in either modern dance, recreational dance, ballet, jazz and/or compositional skills. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(1-3) Cr. 1. S.


Skill enhancement, teaching, progressions with emphasis on world and social dance. Designed for kinesiology and health majors, open to others.

(1-3) Cr. 2. F.

Prereq: DANCE 120 or previous modern dance experience
Theory and practice of the creative skills involved in solo and small group composition.

(0-3) Cr. 1. F.

Prereq: DANCE 120 or previous modern dance experience
Dance techniques emphasizing strength, balance, endurance, rhythmic activity and extended combinations.

(0-3) Cr. 1. S.

Prereq: DANCE 222
Continued experience in dance techniques and extended combinations. Emphasis on maturation of skill and artistry. Exposure to a variety of modern dance technical styles.

(Cross-listed with THTRE). (0-3) Cr. 0.5-2. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.

Prereq: By audition only
Choreography, rehearsal, and performance in campus dance concerts and/or musical theatre productions. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-3) Cr. 1. S.

Prereq: Previous ballet experience
Technical skills in the classical movement vocabulary. Emphasis on alignment, techniques, sequence development, and performing quality.

(0-3) Cr. 1. F.

Prereq: DANCE 232
Concentration on technical proficiency at the intermediate level. Pointe work and partnering opportunities available.

(0-3) Cr. 1. S.

Prereq: Previous jazz dance experience
Dance concepts within the jazz idiom. Instruction in extended movement sequences and artistic interpretation.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.


Introduction to the many forms and functions of dance in world cultures. Develop abilities to distinguish and analyze various dance styles. No dance experience required.

(2-2) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: DANCE 220
Intermediate composition based on the relationship of movement to improvised sounds, rhythmic scores, and the musical works of composers from various periods.

(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years.

Prereq: DANCE 270
Study of the history of dance from early to modern times with emphasis on the theories and philosophies of contemporary modern dance, dancers, and dance educators.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 8 credits. F.S.

Prereq: 2 credits in dance
Advance registration required. Designed to meet special interests and talents of students to include both group and independent study in various aspects of dance as a performing art including production, choreography, and performance.

(1-3) Cr. 2. S.


Content, experiences, and methods of a comprehensive dance program at the elementary school level. Theories and practice in guiding elementary school children in expressive movement experiences.

(1-3) Cr. 2. F.


Methods and techniques of teaching social and world dance forms. Introduction to teaching educational modern dance.

(1-3) Cr. 2.

Prereq: DANCE 320
Teaching yoga, body therapies, mindfulness and dance composition to enhance the physical and mental performance of the individual.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: 6 credits in dance and permission of coordinator
Independent study of problems or areas of interest in dance.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.

Prereq: 6 credits in dance and permission of coordinator
Independent study of problems or areas of interest in dance.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.

Prereq: 6 credits in dance and permission of coordinator
Independent study of problems or areas of interest in dance for those admitted to the honors program.