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Dance

DA 103 Dance Fundamentals (3) A

A praxis and lecture-based introductory dance class open to all students. This course will explore classical, contemporary, and jazz dance techniques. The training includes barre work, centre-practice, across-the-floor, and improvisation. Students will also be introduced to basic skeletal and muscle anatomy and health. Classroom work will focus on a holistic understanding of dance genres and dance history. Studio work will emphasize rhythm, theme, and musical interpretation as applied to improvisation and choreography.

 

DA 203 Ballet Technique I (1.5) B

Explores the vocabulary and movement range of classical ballet technique at the intermediate level. Attention will be given to body placement, balance, flexibility and strength. Emphasis will be placed on integrated movement, alignment, classical ballet vocabulary, and artistic expression. Attendance at one assigned ballet performance is mandatory.

Prerequisite: TH 203

 

DA 204 Ballet Technique II (1.5) B

Part II of Ballet Technique deepens the vocabulary and movement range of classical ballet technique at the intermediate level with a focus on more complex adage and allegro work. Further attention will be given to body placement, balance, flexibility and strength. Emphasis will be placed on integrated movement, alignment, classical ballet vocabulary, and artistic expression. Attendance at one assigned ballet performance is mandatory.

Prerequisite: DA 203

 

DA 213 Modern Technique I (1.5) B

An introduction to the technique and philosophy of modern dance based on Limón, Graham, Horton, Cunningham and various release techniques. Students will develop a vocabulary of modern dance movements, musicality and expression. Studio based learning will grow students’ overall technical skill and understanding of modern dance. Attendance at one modern dance performance is mandatory.

Prerequisite: DA 103 or TH 203

 

DA 214 Modern Technique II (1.5) B

Part II of Modern Technique further develops modern dance technique and philosophy based on Limón, Graham, Horton, Cunningham and various release techniques. Students will expand their vocabulary of modern dance movements, musicality, alignment and expression. Studio based learning will grow students’ overall technical skill and understanding of modern dance. Attendance at one modern dance performance is mandatory.

Prerequisite: DA 213

 

DA 230/231/232/330/331/332 Dance Practice I/II/III/ IV/V/VI (1) O

Students assume responsibility for a specific dance performance role in a program production as designated by the director, choreographer, or department or program director. Students can take up to three credits per year for a maximum of six elective credits.

Prerequisite: DA 103

 

DA 303 Selected Styles (3) A

An exploration of specific dance styles outside the domain of ballet and modern technique courses. The work will be practical and include elements of theory as it pertains to the particular dance style. The course will include at least two distinct dance forms which will vary by given term, such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acro, Aerial, Flamenco, or others. Attendance at two dance performances as assigned by the instructor.

Prerequisite: DA 103 or TH 203

 

DA 322 Introduction to Choreography (3) B

An introduction to the principles and application of choreography that combines both theory and praxis. Students will explore basic compositional skills and understanding through improvisational and structural approaches to choreography. Students will create original work utilizing source material, existing individual movement vocabulary, compositional structures, theme, and the revision process. Students will develop their capacities for critique through observation and articulation of each other’s work. Pieces will be presented at the annual dance showcase.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in Dance

 

DA 423 Variations in Contemporary Choreography (3) B

In this performance-based course, advanced-level dance students will have the opportunity to work as an ensemble rehearsing and preparing a series of choreographic works created and taught by professional choreographers. Choreography will be curated by the program director and shaped around an annual showcase theme. Rehearsals outside of class time may be required.

Prerequisite: 9 credits in Dance or permission of the department